HIghlight #47

Hey y'all, It's me again (of course) and let me tell you, Washington DC is COOL! today we saw (in order) the Washington monument (my personal favorite), the WWII memorial, the Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam Wall, Arlington National Cemitary, and last, but not least: the White house. I try to tell you about all of them, but pictures will have to come when I get back to Seattle. First off, the Washington monument: very cool, our hotel was about 15 miles outside of DC, so we drove a short distance in our rental car (a very cool white Dodge Charger), parked at the subway station, and took the green line all the way to the L' Efant station, jumped onto the orange line and rode to the Smithsonian station. As we emerged n the escalator from the dark hallows of the Subway station, and as the sun streaked through the moisture-laden clouds, We strain our necks to see the peak of the magnificent symbol... woah, sorry about that, a little of my writing side kickin' in there... oops, back to my story: the Washington monument is very cool, it stands exactly 555 feet and 5 1/4 inches, so you can practically see it from EVERYWHERE! so, very neat, very worth seeing. next up, the WWII memorial. it's cool, but not quite as impresive as the monument. There are 56 large, rectangular marble bricks, each with a wreath on them. 50 of them are the fifty states (duh) and the other 6 are the US teritories. After the WWII memorial, the Lincoln memorial building, it's cool, the statue of ol' honest Abe is bigger than I thought, but it's not something you'de want to spend more than 30-45 minutes looking at, so I guess I'll move on. The Vietnam Wall; all the pictures of the wall don't match up. It's very big, very interesting, and very sad. all the names of all the american soldiers who died in vietnam are listed here on this black granite wall. Literally, all the names are here... there are no unknown soldiers from the vietnam war, check it out, it's true. after that we went to Arlington National cemitary. we looked at JFK's grave-site, General Lee's home, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We even got to see the changing of the guard there, it's a little long and tedious, but still worth seeing. Well we were just about to see the Iwo-Jima Memorial, when it started to rain, se we headed back to the train station and planned to go back to our hotel, but the rain slowed up, and we took a short walk to the white house. of course, you can't go up to the actual building, but we could see it from about 1/4 of a mile away (behind a fence of course).

Well, I really have to go, Jonny is being a stinky-brained peanut-butter-head, Dad is trying to make me go to bed, and mom is agreeing with everyone who says anything. So I'll write again later, See Ya'

-Graydon L

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Melissa said...

Sound like fun !! Isn't the cemeteries amazing !! I was speechless with walking through the cemetery at Omaha beach in France.... yes I did cry ! While you were doing all that I was sitting at home not talking and chugging pain meds ;)!!!!

Josh wants to know what kind of Dodge Charger is it ? New/Old ?

see ya when we get back !

Graydon L said...

Yeah, the Cemetary is quite a sight, my favorite part was the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

I beleive it's a '08 model, it's new anyway, very cool.

-Graydon :-)

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