Brrrrr – Washington

Washington is full of wonderful sightseeing opportunities but boy it was cold. The first day we spent walking down to the Capitol Building and a visit to the National Museum of the America Indian (excellent but also warmer) it got to a top of -4c and with the wind chill factor could have been as low as -10c. Back to the museum it was very well done and gave a great insight into the history of the American Indians and also how they are maintaining their identity in current times. All displayed were interesting and the stories well told.

Day 2 was warmer it got to zero as the top but after yesterday it felt positively balmy. We caught the hop on hop off bus and we stayed on around the entire loop to get the lay of the land. This tour was great and the bus had heated seats and was the best place to see the sights, we even braved upstairs for a while to take photos, boy it was cold but worth it. We decided we would stay on the bus and only get off for a late lunch at Johnny Rockets before boarding the next bus and heading for home…A long hot shower never felt so good. After we warmed and rested up we decided on a steak in the hotel restaurant, we all had the new york with mash and veggies it was very good

Day three we decided to board the bus again and get off at White House, St Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery, and the Lincoln Memorial. From the memorial, we walked along the reflecting pool down to  Washington’s monument. It was really cold and the reflecting pool was frozen over but well worth the walk but we were pleased when the bus picked us up again and dropped us near our hotel. Another shower needed to thaw out. Tomorrow we head out and collect a rental from Reagan Airport and drive to the big apple


If the weather is good

If the weather is good between Christmas and New Year we are thinking of flying to Cleveland. We will hire a car and drive to Washington DC via Mt Hope. We are considering this so we can visit a leather business that John (brother) is negotiating to buy a sewing machine from. The leather business is Weaver Leather and the surrounding parts look interesting. Weaver Leather is located in the scenic rolling hills of central Ohio and nestled in the heart of Amish country in Mt. Hope.  Apparently, it’s a beautiful drive, and not as difficult to get to as you might think. They encourage visitors and have a vast product showroom and museum as well. 

If the weather is not so good we will fly directly from Abilene to Washington DC.