I have spent the past few days with my Mom in D.C. We visited all the normal tourist hot spots and more! We started out on the "Open Top" sightseeing tour bus (which I highly recommend). It was clean and very efficient. It is normally a two day hop on hop off tour. We got an extra day for free because I'm so handsome! Or because of the route change (due to the St. Patrick's Day road race/parade.)
The bus dropped us at places like the Smithsonian, the Capitol, Lincoln Memorial, Korean Memorial and even out to Arlington Cemetery (where we watched the Changing of the Guard--that was a very moving experience!)
We also went to some not so typical attractions like the Spy Museum and Museum of Crime and Punishment.
It has been a learning experience and FUN. And I knew Mom was a history buff, but she really impressed me with her knowledge of history as well as her knowledge of how the government works.
I was also impressed by some other things: D.C. is very clean and much more friendly than I thought it would be. Of course, Mom makes friends pretty easily. Remember the scene in the Crocadile Dundee movie where Dundee is walking down the street in NYC saying hi to everyone who walks by? Welcome to my week. I have to admit her friendliness did open a few doors for us.
So now I'm off to GA to catch a shuttle to Springer Mountain. I'll post one more time before I step out onto the trail.
I'll try to send a picture of me with the gear. A "Before" picture to compare to the photo from Katahdin.
Peace and Love,