Watson, MI

We’ve got another nice trip behind us.  We made it home in good shape.  Now it’s time to whip the yard in shape and get ready for our next trip.  Plans are to visit Alex & Laura in Wisconsin within the next few week and tour Michigan’s Upper Penninsula on our return.

Washington DC

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looking at the mall from the Capitol Building

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the capital building undergoing a desperate attempt at fixing congress

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Beautiful building of the American Indian History

We spent our second day exploring Washington’s National mall.  People, people everywhere.  Spring has brought folks out by the bus load.We’re thankful to be living in Watson, not here in this zoo.

We visited several of the Smithsonian buildings, the Capital building and other attractions before taking the metro back to the quiet of the campsite.

Tomorrow we’ll start heading home and expect to be back in Watson some time on Saturday

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Nancy planning our route home

Washington DC

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

We made it to our end destination, Washington DC.  Yesterday we left the Shenandoah National Park and headed East.  Once down from the mountains all human activity picked up and once near DC it seemed like a real madhouse after our quiet week getting here.  From a busy highway we turned into the Greenbelt National Park, a large park with some 175 campsites.  Only 12 or so sites were filled, and are nearest neighbors are a young Dutch couple from the area in the Netherlands I grew up in. Small world!

Washington DC 02This morning we took the Metro from near the campsite to downtown DC where we spent a good part of the day sightseeing

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

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White House

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Brothers in arms @ the Vietnam Memorial

The plans for tomorrow are similar, before we’ll start heading home on Friday.

Shenandoah National Park, VA

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Scenery along the way

Today’s 3 hour journey through the mountains brought us to the Shenandoah National Park in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia.

Another beauty, this National Park is over 100 miles long and was one of the many CCC projects of the 1930’s.  A 2 lane road was built along the entire length of the park, adjacent to a section of the more than 2000 mile long Appalachian Trail.

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Views from the ‘skyway’ in the park

The weather continues to cooperate as we slowly work our way to Washington DC, where we have reservations in another National Park, Greenbelt National Park, just 12 miles North of the Washington National Mall.  Bus & subway is available from the park entrance to downtown DC.  We plan on being there from Tuesday until Friday, before heading home

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our home for today

Seneca Rocks NRA, WV

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Our campground today

After a quiet ride through the mountains we ended up in the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and found a nice quiet camping spot for a few days.  Internet and phone service is out, but after a 20 mile drive we found an area with internet access and are able to do a quick post.  After spending a quiet day we’ll move into Virginia tomorrow and look for a spot along the ‘Skyline Drive’ in the Appalachians.  Internet & phone connections are not expected in the area.  We’ll see and keep you posted next time we have a decent connection