Greetings from Carlisle, PA., located about 35 minutes from Gettysburg. A lovely area of rolling hills and farms, and an historical district that reflects the history of our country going back to the 1700s. We left Washington,D.C. today where we stayed at the Cherry Hill Campground (actually they are in Maryland). Took the bus each morning early, to the train station, and off we went on the Green Line into the Big City. A very big deal for we "country bumkins". Met many very nice and friendly people from the campground from all over the country, and shared our experiences on the road. D.C. was incredible, really. We went to our Oregon Representative's office, Darlene Hooley, and although she wasnt in her office, we had a nice chat with her assistant, who graduated from Willamette U, and was very friendly and helpful. I got to sit in Darlene's chair (see photo), but they drew the line at my putting my feet up on the desk! We got a pass to view the Galley where they vote and actually got to see democracy in action!
For those of you who have been to DC, you know what an amazing feeling it is to actually look at and read the original US Constution, Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights and the original documents and signatures of the great men who wrote and signed them. I cried, it was so overwhelming. We went into the Capital, Library of Congress, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Mem., WW1 and WW11 Memorial, Korean Memorial, Supreme Court Building, House where Lincoln died, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian and all of the Museams, Art Museums, National Zoo where I saw baby Panda and mom and Dad. Saw Arlington Cemetary and it was amazing and so sad to see JFK's, Jackie's and her baby girl's grave site and the eternal flame. RFK is buried separately, and it was his wish to have a plain white cross, the only wooden marker in the cemetary filled with acres and acres of crosses and stones. We saw the changing of the guard, which if you have never seen it, is something to behold. All in all, the whole atmosphere in DC is exciting. We walked, and we walked, and we walked, from sun up to sun down. Had a very good time, but was glad to leave the city and get to the country again today. We are after all, westerners and we love the country!
Tomorrow we will go to Gettysburg where the bloodiest battle in the history of our country took place right here at home. The more we read about the history of our country, the more real all of the stuff we learned in school becomes, and this is an amazing experience and everyone of you who haven't traveled in our county just has to take the time in their life to do so.
Cut Dick's hair tonight. I am no barber, but he doesn't seem to mind if the haircut is a little rough. Weather has been beautiful. It rained yesterday on and off, but Maryland had't had rain in 34 days straight and they were counting on a down pour. I hear tell it has been raining in Oregon and Washington all month. Sorry.
Will write again tomorrow, now that we found wi-fi in the office here that is open until 8:00 p.m.
P.S. forgot to say we spent four hours in the Holcoust Musuem. Can't describe the feelings, the pain, the agony of it all. A must see for all.
Love, Barb and Dick