Day 19: Last day in DC

Miles Today: 0
Miles Total: 2911
Weather: Sunny, Upper 80s

Consecutive Days with a cow sighting: 0 – in a cow slump

Today’s plan was to go see the Declaration of Independence, and then head over to Georgetown to do some shopping.  When we got to the National Archives, there was a long line and it took about 40 minutes to get in the front door. 

The archives turned out to be much more interesting than I anticipated.  We started off by seeing a short film about the archive – it talked about various things people have accomplished by going through the archives.  After the film, we grabbed some lunch at the cafe and then started to wander.  They have a couple of exhibits that rotate various documents, photos, videos, etc every couple of months.  Looked at interesting documents and videos discussing UFOs, WW II, and the Manhattan project.  You are not allowed to take photos in any part of the exhibit floor, so no pictures today (and I’m glad I only brought the point and shoot with me today).

The rotunda contains the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  We had to wait in another 20 minute line to get into this area.  The way they metered people through this area kept the crowds down pretty good.  The first thing you notice about the Declaration of Independence is that it is so faded you can’t read the majority of it.  You can sort of make out the title and some of the signatures.  The low light in the room didn’t help at all.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are both still legible – although I had difficulty with the handwriting.

We ended up spending so much time at the archives, we decided to skip the trip to Georgetown and take the metro back before the evening commute. We got back to the motorhome and took a quick nap (well,  I did) and then got the BBQ out for dinner again.  After dinner, we spent time getting things ready to move on tomorrow.  We plan on waiting till 10a or so before we leave – don’t want to sit in rush hour traffic.

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