Monday, April 23, 2012

53. Travel: Washington, D.C.

My younger sister, Oakley, went to school at Georgetown, which gave me an excuse to fly out to visit her. 

At the time, I was working for Continental Airlines and based in Denver. 

Oakley took me on the whirlwind tour. 
We saw the White House …

Went to the Smithsonian ... 
Took a ride on the carousel ...
Went to world-class museums on the Mall ...
Ate out …
Saw the cherry blossoms …

Walked around the cobblestoned streets of Old Town, Alexandria …
I was afraid I would never get a chance to see D.C. again, so I tried to soak up as much of the Capital city as I could.  This is like trying to soak up the ocean with a sponge. 

I needn’t have worried.  Five years later on graduation day from the United Airlines training center, they told me, “Congratulations!  You’re going to be based in D.C.!” 



  1. I went through D.C. once and only got to do a very few things. My favorite? Driving by the FBI headquarters (I was a BIG fan of the X-Files) and going to the Smithsonian. Hope to get back for a longer visit one day!

  2. I took groups of 8th graders to DC for five years - yup, I have been one of those tour leaders that you all likely hate. However, no airline, hotel, or general DC person has had an issue with the groups I bring. My kids (usually between 40 and 50) get the fire of hell breathed into them before they go - they had better be respectful and patient and follow every direction or I will put them on the first plane home! But we have a great time every time we go! Their eyes are wide open and , even though I have done it five times, I always have a blast with them!

  3. I never tire of Washington DC. It's impossible to see everything!

  4. And the best thing about Washington is that most of those things are free. I love visiting there. That whole area is alive with history!
    And traffic jams. But, that's another story.


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