Another one in the books

By: sonofabeach96

Oct 11 2015

Category: Uncategorized

29 Comments


Well, the long ride home has begun, and another trip is in the books.  It was a great one and lots to put in the memory bank.

We crammed an awful lot into four days.  The Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, Lincoln Memorial, The Vietnam, Korean, and World War II Memorials, and the Washington Monument.  We toured Ford’s Theater and Arlington Cemetery, watching the somber and moving changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  We purchased a day pass for the Big Bus, a double-decker bus that takes you past every important site in the city and allows you to hop on and off at any spot you want to see.  I highly recommend this, especially with kids and when on a tight schedule.

We were on The Mall all day Saturday, going between Smithsonian sites, and were in the middle of a Washington tradition: march/protest/demonstration. The 20th anniversary of the first Million Man March happened to be Saturday.  There were thousands of people at the base of the Capital Building, and the masses of people, loud chants, and vitriolic speeches blared over loud speakers gave the boys a first-hand look at our constitutional right of free speech, even when those words are not necessarily peaceful in nature.

We traveled in and out of the city on mass transit.  We had to change trains, change platforms, and learn the system of red line, green line, etc.  Coming back out to College Park last night, the Million Man March had concluded too.  All those thousands of people converged onto the trains as well.  We even witnessed a pissing match on the train that devolved into a fist fight about 20 ft down from us.  It was crazy: crammed in like sardines, air not working, “f” bombs being dropped, people rushing away from the fight, kids scared, fists thrown.  I told the boys, “Welcome to life in a big city”.  I was proud of the guys, they took it all in stride.

And, of course, lets not forget the bobby pin incidents.  Those may have been the highlight of the trip, now that I think about it.

So, yet another one in the books.  Plenty of pics, smiles, laughs, and excitement was had.  Damn, I love traveling…especially with these four people.  Already planning the next one.

Song of the day:

“More Than One Way Home” by Keb’ Mo’

29 comments on “Another one in the books”

  1. Fistfights?!! How exciting!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful and educational trip! I’m glad you had a good time 🙂

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  3. I’m exhausted just reading this. 😂

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  4. I loved DC but I visited on my own. It is on my list to return eventually with
    my family.

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  5. Wow…I am dizzy just from reading your outings…how much fun!!! that’s my kind of trip…and for the boys to witness the crap a big city has to offer…maybe it will keep them away…..look forward to seeing pictures….kat

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  6. I lived in DC and absolutely loved it!! I’m so happy you enjoyed so much of what this amazing city has to offer. In the 6 years I was there (and commuted to work regularly on it!) I never saw a fist fight on the metro! How fun! Lol!

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    • I’m just glad it didn’t get worse. Having people run past you, away from it, gave me pause. I was standing so I could see the whole thing. Two of the boys were sitting by me, facing the other direction, my wife and other son were sitting across from, facing into the aisle. It was intense for a few minutes. Never a dull moment. I told someone today that its a place that kept me on high alert constantly, sensory overload in a way. It’s a happenin’ city, especially with a large-scale event in front of The Capital.

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      • I am like that when I am in a crowded place! I am always on alert! Ready to run like a bat outta hell!

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      • I don’t mind the hustle and bustle…for a while. After living rurally for 15 years, I like coming home to a farm. That being said, when we are in a new place, especially a big-time city, we look to immerse ourselves in it while we’re there. Fights on trains and crazy intense crowds are part of it. Great stories we’ll tell for years to come.

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      • Heck yeah, sounds like you caught the city in the midst of a very busy week/end! Glad to hear you’d like to return and it’s not too long of a drive 🙂

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  7. Brings me back to that one time I went to DC for July 4….There were…incidents. Result was that they kicked the ENTIRE population off the metro at a random stop. That was a treat. It all ended up OK, but that was a show I didn’t pay admission for. !!!

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