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Day 29 – Washington DC

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We started the day leaving the car at the hotel and taking the metro into the city. Picked up two croissants, a Dr. Browns soda, and a root beer. Bought tickets for the subway and rode over. I remember the subway walls being this really weird honeycomb/waffle texture that made it look like a bad 70s sci-fi setting.

Got off the subway and first went to see the White House and its surrounding area. There wasn’t as much security as we thought there would be, or maybe it was just all hidden agents. Anyhow, there it was. We went to the visitor center and watched a film. Then went to the Air and Space Museum, which was pretty awesome. We went around the various exhibits, and didn’t spend too much time reading the texts but instead admired the cool planes and everything.

Then headed to the WWII Memorial, then the Lincoln Memorial, then the Vietnam Memorial, and then made our way back. I wrote in the notes that we saw “the monument of the men putting up the statue thing” and I think I meant the Iwo Jima Memorial.

We took the car over to the Motel 6 on the other side of DC for some reason. Maybe it was cheaper? I can’t remember, but we did our laundry there. Also we noticed that the neighborhood was very… African American, and we were the only white people. Well actually I was the only white person, as Sean was half Indian so had a darker hue.


Day 30 – Washington DC

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It ended up being a very long night. At some point someone’s alarm clock went off in one of the adjacent rooms and kept us up.

In the morning I talked with Erin on the phone. I can’t remember if she called me, or I called her, but it was not a comfortable talk (for those who don’t know, I had a very unpleasant break up with her before the trip started).

Anyhow. We headed into town on the metro again, and met some people on the metro (although I completely forget that part). We couldn’t get into the Spy Museum for some reason, and also the FBI Headquarters were not interesting, at least from the outside.

So we headed to the Botanical Gardens. Then went to the Capital building. Then the Library of Congress. Then the Jefferson Memorial (which seemed a lot lonelier than the Jefferson Memorial). We tried to walk to the Pentagon down a looong pathway, but realized that there was no way to get over the highway separating us from the building and our feet felt like they had died a million times, so we gave up and walked back to the metro.

We looked for food a little bit but gave up and just went back to the hotel and got Chinese food nearby. Then another long night of restless sleep followed.


Day 31 – Washington DC

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This day was the 4th of July, which was by no coincidence. It was pure trip design that we happened to be in Washington DC during the celebration of the nation. We figured everybody in the country would want to be in the same place we were, so we expected a huge crowd trying to reserve spots extremely early in the day.

We were wrong. Not that it wouldn’t be a huge crowd, but rather that people would show up early to pick spots.

So we took the metro into the city and at about 1:00 we arrived at the Lincoln Memorial, finding a prime spot to look out over the Mall. But there was almost no one there. Even so, we stubbornly waited. There were some other families waiting, and we met some kids, two from Indiana, and a girl from Oregon.

We waited. And waited. And waited some more. We got some lunch around the area, but besides that didn’t leave. Finally, nearing fireworks time the people started to flood in. Suddenly all the steps around us were taken up by large families. Many of them were loud and obnoxious, but we held onto our spots.

And then the fireworks started. And almost immediately, the people sitting in front of us STOOD UP. We were really pissed off and we tried to quickly move to another spot to see better. Luckily we did find a place where we could see well enough to see the show. Of course being the nation’s capital, it was a very good show and we enjoyed it.

Afterwards we just took the metro back.


Day 32 – Washington DC

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On this day our objective was to meet with Carrie, since it was the only day she was available, and then drive down to our next stop, Atlanta. This ended up being possibly not the best plan, which I’ll explain.

We started the day with a 7-11 Slurpie, and called Carrie to find out where to go. Headed to her apartment and saw her! Said our Hello’s and How Are You’s. Her apartment was really cool (although I don’t remember it at all) and we sat around talking for a while. Then we went to get lunch at an Indian restaurant. We got kebabs, and lots of them, and a few of Carrie’s friends joined us and we had a great time.

With bellies ful we went back to her apartment. We spent a while trying to decide what to do and it was one of those moments where it became impossible to decide, so in the end we watched Labyrinth, which was great. After the movie and some more chilling, Carrie was headed out to a friend’s party, and we were invited. Everyone was very cool and we sat around eating crab and chatting about various things. Then it was time to leave, and we stopped at the supermarket on the way back. Said goodbye to Carrie after gathering our stuff, and got out on the road at around 9 or 10 in the evening.

Then began a long night drive to Atlanta. This was down highway 95, which is ultimately one of the most boring highways in the nation. Essentially it is a homogenous palindrome of trees – road – median – road – trees.

Sean drove first while I tried to sleep. I wasn’t that successful at sleeping either. At some point through North Carolina Sean got tired and handed the wheel over to me. I drove, and drove, and drove. I was slightly entertained by seeing all the “South of the Border” billboards, advertising some kind of tourist trap. Finally passed it, and was half tempted to stop because of the power of marketing, but didn’t. It got harder and harder to stay awake but I struggled. Listened to the Moby Dick audio book, and then tried listening to Frank Sinatra and singing along quietly (as to not wake Sean). At one point I started drifting and hit the loud road border noise makers, which jerked me alert and full of adrenaline for a little while, and then it started happening again. Eventually I decided I was way too tired to drive and we needed to stop at the next rest stop, which was 70 miles away. So I struggled for that last hour or so stretch, and FINALLY at 5:00 in the morning arrived at the border of Georgia and South Carolina, parked in a spot, and slept.


Day 1 – Flight to DC

Got off plane
Met Camille
Checked in at 4
Zoo
walked around
apes
gorillas
Have you accepted Bill Nye into your life?
Horseshoe crab stuck between a rock and a hard place
Parking Fee
(writing journal with another pen)
Food
Burger place, margherita
Couldn’t finish food
went to Great Falls
hiked path
Big waterfalls
went a way
To hotel
Checked in


Day 2 – DC Day 1

Slow getting up
Teaism breakfast
Salmon made me feel bad
Out to meet chriss but first… something?
Went to Chris’ mom’s house
Met up
Chat
Headed out
Abandoned place
Troubled children place
Books and papers everywhere
Mattresses
Peeling paint
Drooping roofs
Amazing abandoned stuff
Laundry place
Briefcase factory
Holding cells
Stolen vehicles
Got late
Ledo’s pizza and met Tess
Good times
back to hotel
Good times again
But a little aggravated
Couldn’t sleep well
Bogart