DAY 7, Sunday (June 16th) -
|Of the 15,300 buried in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery (est. 1865), the identities of fewer than 3,000 are actually known.|
All that walking made us hungry, so for lunch - surprise! - we ate more BBQ at Dixie Bones and it was there that I discovered I like sweet tea. Who knew? We ate so much BBQ during this trip that I swear I gained like twenty pounds (and not all of it was muscle)!
After lunch, we wandered around downtown Fredericksburg Historic District - still muggy!
|Picked up some souvenirs at the 'Made in Virginia Store'.|
|Made a new friend.|
|I like the sign by Robert's feet that reads, "To the bar" with an arrow to point the way. Just in case you fall down drunk and get lost.|
In San Diego we have dolphins. In Virginia they have crabs. This greatly amused me for no apparent reason.
We passed by the Episcopal Church (built in the 18th century, but rebuilt in 1815 and again in 1849)...
...and saw this this sign at the cemetery adjacent to the church. I bet it's haunted as it's from 1732!
...and then discovered the beautiful Shiloh Baptist Church.
After dinner, we spent more time visiting with Gabriel as it would be the last time we'd see him before heading home. Another good day.
|About a month ago this was vandalized with green paint and closed to the public.|
Unfortunately, the Washington Monument was under construction to repair damage from an earthquake last August, so it was covered with scaffolding, but still, it was awesome to see.
We also stood in the exact spot as Martin Luther King, Jr. when he gave his famous "I have a dream" speech in 1963.
Visited the Korean War Monument...
...and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which was probably the most somber. So many names listed on that wall...heartbreaking.
Our driver got us passes to tour the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, but no pictures were allowed inside.
We saw a sign that read, "How do you think I feel? I just printed my entire yearly salary in just ten minutes!"
|Bureau of Engraving and Printing getting a face lift.|
And then it was onto the Thomas Jefferson Monument...
...drove past the Potomac River (you can see Arlington National Cemetery on the hill in the background)...
After the White House, we had lunch at Lincoln's Waffle Shop...
|Robert gives Lincoln a bit of style.|
|My twin brother, perhaps?|
|Roberts reads the Declaration of Independence|
We wanted to get back to the Capitol Building and take some more pictures of the outside.
Another AWESOME day.
Coming soon....part 4 (the end) of the Grand Tour Road Trip.