Sunday, August 2, 2009

Catching Up

Quiet Sunday afternoons - is there anything better? It's been a busy week with my brother and nephew's visit, but it was a good week. We went to DC on Thursday, the Orioles game on Friday, and then they decided to leave around 1:00 a.m. after the game when we realized they wouldn't get much sleep anyway. I definitely don't recover as quickly from crazy things like staying up half the night anymore, so yesterday and today have seen us going to see the new Harry Potter movie and napping after church this morning.

I actually have a couple of things I wanted to highlight from the past few days, so rather than have one really long entry, I decided to create a few shorter ones. If you're a regular reader, check back a little more often because I probably won't do them all at once.

John and Grant got here Wednesday afternoon and as I said we went to DC on Thursday. It looks like that will be a frequent trip as we have visitors, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to see the most sites in one day. We decided to invest in the $27 Tourmobile bus tour and it was worth every penny. You can get off and on at various stops and stay as long as you want at each location with new buses arriving every few minutes. Rather than walking about 5 or 6 miles, we reduced it down to about 2 or 3 which is far less taxing on the feet.

This is John and Grant at Penn Station in Baltimore as we're waiting for the train to take us to DC. If you come to visit, it's much cheaper to go there during the week because Maryland has a commuter train that runs throughout the day. I'd much rather have the train take me straight to Union Station in DC and not have to fight the traffic and try to find a place to park in the city. Besides, most of our visitors are suburbanites and it's just more fun to take the train!

All of the tour buses have a stop at Union Station and from there you begin the route that will take you to the monuments and memorials.

We ran out of time to see the Jefferson Memorial and the Roosevelt Memorial which are both located somewhat out of the way from the mall area. Because we took the bus tour, we were able to go to Arlington Cemetery which I'll tell you more about in the next entry. If it's been a while since you've been to our nation's capital, I would encourage you to take advantage of us living nearby and plan a visit. More to come soon!


Tiffany Jones said...

Oh, uncle and cousin. So good to see your pictures! Glad you guys had a good time. Now you need to come visit in Orlando! Mum - you're becoming quite the DC tour guide! Love you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tiffany... Yes, we will have to come visit you in Orlando. I hear there's some fun parks there? We did have a great time and were glad to be a part of the DC trip fine tuning. I think your mom just about has it down now!