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    Mr. IMG Goes To Washington



    Off to Washington DC!

    Sightseeing stops include...

    1 day in Gettysburg, PA
    2 1/2 days in Alexandria, VA
    1/2 day in Philadelphia, PA
    1/2 day in Hershey, PA

    2 travel days out and back with two stops in Indianapolis, IN. and Wheeling, WV.
    Free hot breakfast at all hotels. THAT was cool. The overnight stays in Indianapolis had free drinks and free hot food at happy hour!

    Our bus
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    As we were traveling we took turns sitting in the front. That was cool except there was a lot of road work going on. We were 2 hours behind getting into Gettysburg.

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    Gettysburg, PA

    story1.htm

    Gettysburg Battlefield tour was about 2 hours long and covered the three day battle from beginning to end. Our guide said the weather was the same that day as the days of the battle, hot, humid, and no wind.

    I captured a confederate canon.



    More of Lee's canons.



    Lee's Monument.



    What Pickett's Charge saw that day.



    Alabama and Texas had just completed 28+ miles to get here and were to be sent into battle 10 minutes after they arrived.

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    Gettysburg, PA, cont'd

    story1.htm

    General Warren was responsible for covering up a blunder that would have spelled disaster for the Union.





    Gen. Warren's view





    Major General Meades memorial. This faces the opposite of General Lee's memorial.



    Back at the visitors center there were a few displays of weapons and uniforms.

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    Gettysburg is a very impressive place. As is all of them. I've been priviledged to see them and would love to go back.
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    Washington, D.C.

    We roll into town early afternoon.

    This is about the best pic we can get of the Pentagon.



    Off to Smithsonian

    We were given about 2 hours to see what the Smithsonian had to offer.

    The Smithsonian from the middle of National Mall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Towards the capitol



    Towards the Washington Monument.






    The Natural History | Museums and Zoo | Smithsonian



    The Elephant





    And a big rock Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Hope Diamond



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    Two hours is nowhere NEAR enough time for the Smithsonians. For me, I doubt two weeks would do it.
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    Doh, can't see pics on my phone.

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    Very nice pics
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    Beautiful pictures! Glad you had fun!

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    WTF? Where'd you eat? How was the cuisine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgg View Post
    Was it worth it?
    It was very much worth it.So many historical sights in five days. We did get inside our Whitehouse, more about that later. The first five days the temperature was 90+ degrees.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post
    WTF? Where'd you eat? How was the cuisine?
    The four travel days were quick stops. A casino, Bob Evans, McDonalds, Cracker Barrel (x2). When we arrived in Alexandria we had the option of being dropped off in Alexandria, VA : Award-winning restaurants and an amazing nightlife. Saturday night a friend picked us up for a dinner at his house. More about Alexandria coming up.
    I did a couple of my own "tours". They will leave you saying, "Did he really eat all that?"
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    PETA???

    Wouldn't you know it, of all the exhibits to run into, I found a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): The animal rights organization | PETA.org exhibit outside the Natural History Museum. There were many blonde coeds handing out literature. I had a nice conversation with one about me being a butcher and she told me the usual veggie this, animal abuse that. Fun times, heh.

    To Live Is To Eat

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    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. - Solomon

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    Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian, cont'd

    American History Museum

    National Museum of American History



    Dorothy's ruby slippers NMAH | Dorothy's Ruby Slippers



    Archie and Edith's chairs NMAH | The Bunkers’ Chairs



    Some Stradivarius



    The hat Lincoln wore to Ford's Theater that fateful night. NMAH | Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat



    Metal from the World Trade Center, south tower.



    Part of the Berlin Wall



    A filing cabinet from a shoddy "plumbing" job. Watergate.

    To Live Is To Eat

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    Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian, cont'd

    Inside the lobby. The Star Spangled Banner. No cameras allowed inside this exhibit.
    NMAH | The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag that Inspired the National Anthem



    Julia Child's Kitchen NMAH | Bon App&#233;tit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian

    This was AWESOME!!!



    To Live Is To Eat

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    Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian, cont'd

    Air and Space Air and Space Museum | Museums and Zoo | Smithsonian



    It was not until we arrived in Washington DC that my brother told me he has two exhibits at the Air and Space Museum.

    Exhibit #1

    http://www.jrank.org/space/pages/224...xperiment.html

    The object that looks like a camera at the lower right is actually a magnifying glass. I placed the lens of my camera inside the magnifying glass to get a picture of the sensor he designed and made.



    The sensor is only 1/4 inch in diameter.



    Exhibit #2

    Mars Science Lab. This is launching later this summer. One of the tabs on the right is one of my brothers projects.
    Under "contents" it is 4.4 CheMin. Mars Science Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian, cont'd

    More stuff at the Air and Space Museum.









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    Washington, D.C. Old Town Alexandria

    This was a long, hot day. Gettysburg and The Smithsonian. We were ready for a cool adult beverage and some great food!

    The bus dropped us off in Alexandria, VA: Travel and Historical Information

    We decided on The Fish Market - Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
    This was a great choice. Service and food was top notch.



    We ate in the Anchor Bar - Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Aptly named for it's anchor shaped tap tower.



    I had to have a classy Stella Artois



    Of course I had to try some fresh oysters.



    A little horseradish/ketchup/lemon juice. YUMMMM



    The aftermath



    On to the entree!

    My brother had the mussels marinara



    I had the lobster rolls. This was my first lobster roll. Shredded lobster in a slightly sweet dressing. This was a lot of D-licious lobster!



    I had to try the mussels too. A very rich marinara sauce that matched the richness of the mussels. Very tasty!



    The experience here would not have been half as good without Sean (sp) and Naomi. They were friendly and attentive.



    Sean did not mind being told he looks like
    To Live Is To Eat

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