Washington, D.C.

After spending the entire day on Tuesday in airports (Thanks to delay after delay after cancellation on U.S. Airways… Never again!), I finally made it back aboard Beatitude late in the evening. Most of the day Wednesday was spent working on the head in the port hull (our’s). The smaller discharge hose required by the electric head was almost completely clogged over it’s 8-foot course with petrified poop. I, of course, replaced the hose and took the macerator pump apart and cleaned it. After multiple attempts all new leaks were stopped, and the head seems to be working like new.

Head Work

Head Work

This lovely Chevy is in a shed in the marina by our boat

This lovely Chevy is in a shed in the marina by our boat

Late Wednesday night, Cindy’s twin, Christy, flew in to join us for a week or two. We’ve decided to keep the boat in the marina here in Annapolis for a month. Next weekend, I’ll fly back to Maine for two weeks to work. That leaves us a week to relax here in Annapolis before duty calls. We’ve finally decided on cruising plans for the rest of the year. We weren’t sure if we would sail further north than the Chesapeake this year. But now, we’ve decided that we will continue on up the coast after I return from Maine. We’ll have about seven weeks of cruising time before I’ll need to take another work-break. We hope to be back in the Chesapeake by then. We are thinking we’ll hang around for the U.S. Sailboat Show in October before descending southward. While the boat is here for the next three weeks, we are biting the bullet and upgrading our electronics. We are hoping to have a new Garmin chartplotter, radar, and a working AIS installed before we leave Annapolis!

Christy's Quarters aboard Beatitude

Christy’s Quarters aboard Beatitude

Christy's welcome to Maryland.

Christy’s welcome to Maryland.

Christy and Cindy on Beatitude's bow

Christy and Cindy on Beatitude’s bow

Thursday, we chilled aboard Beatitude and around the marina. The girls soaked up some sun, and we swam in the marina pool.

Walking to the pool past beautiful flowers

Walking to the pool past beautiful flowers

The ladies on the way to the marina pool

The ladies on the way to the marina pool

The Boatyard Grill in Annapolis, one of our dinner destinations.

The Boatyard Grill in Annapolis, one of our dinner destinations.

Menus all have different sailing pictures

Menus all have different sailing pictures

This very relaxing day was followed by an arduous, yet wonderful day in Washington, D.C. Christy had never visited our nation’s capital before. Cindy and I are always happy to return. We parked on the outskirts of town and used the subway (“Metro”) to get around town. Our first stop was at the U.S. Capitol where we availed ourselves of a Capitol tour. We then hopped back onto the subway to head over to the White House. After lunch at the oldest saloon in Washington, D.C., Old Ebbitt Grill, we strolled past 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. From there, we walked down to the Washington Monument, and then down the Capital Mall to the Lincoln Memorial. I left the ladies for a little while and took a side excursion on my own to the Jefferson Memorial, the FDR Memorial, and the MLK Jr. Memorial.

Standing before the U.S. Capitol, scaffolding in place  for restoration

Standing before the U.S. Capitol, scaffolding in place for restoration

Christy, Cindy, U.S. Capitol

Christy, Cindy, U.S. Capitol

The Rotunda of the Capital, also blanketed for restoration project

The Rotunda of the Capital, also blanketed for restoration project

Inside the Rotunda.  Multiple paintings and statues line the walls, including the painting seen to the right, General George Washington Resigning His Commission

Inside the Rotunda. Multiple paintings and statues line the walls, including the painting seen to the right, General George Washington Resigning His Commission

The Statue of Freedom, a colossal bronze figure of an allegorical female figure which has crowned the U.S. Capitol since 1863.  (This is actually a plaster replica in the Capitol Visitor Center

The Statue of Freedom, a colossal bronze figure of an allegorical female figure which has crowned the U.S. Capitol since 1863. (This is actually a plaster replica in the Capitol Visitor Center

Ceiling of the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol

Ceiling of the National Statuary Hall in the Capitol

This plaque is located on the floor of the Statuary Hall, the amphitheater which used to serve as congressional chambers

This plaque is located on the floor of the Statuary Hall, the amphitheater which used to serve as congressional chambers

The Rosa Parks statue in the Statuary Hall (one of the newer editions).

The Rosa Parks statue in the Statuary Hall (one of the newer editions).

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of the United States

Standing in front of the Library of Congress

Standing in front of the Library of Congress

The center of the fountain in front of the Library of Congress

The center of the fountain in front of the Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Library of Congress

Lunch Spot - They were serving excellent Filet for lunch for under $15.00!

Lunch Spot – They were serving excellent Filet for lunch for under $15.00!

Having lunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill

Having lunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill

Ladies in front of the White House

Ladies in front of the White House

White House

White House

The White House "back yard"

The White House “back yard”

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I love the architecture!

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. I love the architecture!

Standing before the Washington Monument

Standing before the Washington Monument

The obelisk known as The Washington Monument, work began in 1848 on its construction

The obelisk known as The Washington Monument, work began in 1848 on its construction

Holding the Washington Monument between my fingers

Holding the Washington Monument between my fingers

Looking down across the Mall, past the WW II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial

Looking down across the Mall, past the WW II Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial, constructed in the 1930s-40s to honor our third president and main writer of the Declaration of Independence

The Jefferson Memorial, constructed in the 1930s-40s to honor our third president and main writer of the Declaration of Independence

President Jefferson, memorialized in Bronze

President Jefferson, memorialized in Bronze

Part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Part of the Korean War Memorial

Part of the Korean War Memorial

A portion of the WW II Memorial

A portion of the WW II Memorial

Christy, on the walk past the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial

Christy, on the walk past the reflecting pool to the Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922 to honor our 16th president.

The Lincoln Memorial, dedicated in 1922 to honor our 16th president.

Standing before a great president

Standing before a great president

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, looking back toward the Washington Monument

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, looking back toward the Washington Monument

Cindy before the Reflecting Pool, doing what it's supposed to do.

Cindy before the Reflecting Pool, doing what it’s supposed to do.

After being awed by the Lincoln Memorial, we walked across the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery, established during the Civil War on the Estate of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. I would have loved to spend more time there, but, by now, time was short, so I climbed upwards to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where I was blessed to watch the changing of the Tomb Guard. It was a moving experience to look out over the acres of green grass dotted with the bright white tombs of those men who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. It was my fist visit to Arlington, but was reminiscent of my visits to the cemeteries of Gettysburg and Normandy. The same sense of gratitude and thankfulness welled up within me as I took in the surroundings.

Arlington

Arlington

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Changing of the Guard

The Changing of the Guard

By the time we boarded the Metro again at Arlington, we had covered several miles by foot over the course of our day. We appreciated the seated subway ride back to the station where we had parked our car. It was a great day in the city, however, we were happy to be back on Beatitude in the evening to rest. Now, we’ll spend the next six days further enjoying our time in the Annapolis area.

Replacing our worn American Flag on the Stern

Replacing our worn American Flag on the Stern

4 thoughts on “Washington, D.C.

  1. Thanks for taking me to DC! I had a great time & it was awesome to see all the sites!! You’re the best!( you too Sis)

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