One minute I am in Virginia, the next I am in Maryland, flying through Rockville, there's the Mormon Temple; flying around the beltway, through Wheaton, down the B/W Parkway, passing my first real estate purchase...a condo in Bladensburg, through Deanwood, down H Street, N.E. What are those ugly things? New buses? Who approved that design? Safely delivered to the garage behind Union Station. Through the connecting doors and the line for the potty goes on forever.
The place to check bags is at Gate A. My brother is still en route. How is that? I think we were in Chantilly or Dulles when he hit Shady Grove. Guess everyone has the same idea. Check the bags; cheaper than we were told. Ooops, I forgot to retrieve the hand warmers. "Pardon me, miss, I forgot to get something out the bag, would it be too much trouble to...?" Give me a break, sistah. I just gave you the damned bag and you just opened for business, so you can't be that damned frazzled. One D.C., attitude calls for another. Retrieved the hand warmers and moved on. Here's brother with a...what? "You can't take a chair on the mall." "I brought it for you." He's so thoughtful. But the bag has to be checked. Won't make it through security.
Grabbed a bite and we're on our way. Need an all-day pass for the subway. I'm getting the souvenir pass for a keepsake. My research says to take the train to Farragut West and walk to 18th Street, down to the Mall. They are not allowing you to cross Pennsylvania Avenue (the parade route). Kaye and I are picking up souvenirs as we make our way to the mall. Okay, why did we end up on the wrong side of Pennsylvania? By the time we made it through security, there was no hope of getting to the mall.
A phalanx of buses continually passed by. For a while, I thought they were just sending the same ones down the route, over and over again. Oh, here's a band and the motorcycle police. We're in business. And then the folks bum rushed the spot we'd staked out. Get out of here! I couldn't see a thing! Not to worry. I calmly passed my camera to the military gent standing on the ramp above me. I didn't come all this way to go back without a picture!
Be Safe. Be Blessed.