Today we did something that each of you should try: a Segway tour of the National Mall. We did the Smithsonian Segway Tour led by Rick Tyson, a University of NH grad brought to DC to start the tour operations last spring. In three hours we travelled the whole mall from the American History Museum all the way to the Capital, back along the other side of the Mall to the Washington Monument, to the Martin Luther King monument, the Lincoln Memorial and back to the History Museum. The war memorials were particularly moving, especially the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials. The tours are limited to 16 years old and older, and over 100lbs, but other than that I would encourage everyone reading this to go! You’ll see the sights and learn many things you did not know about DC. Even with a good pair of running shoes you would be hard-pressed to see everything we did in one morning if not on this tour. Highly recommended!
After the tour we grabbed lunch (at Elephant and Castle) and then checked out the Old Post Office. This beautiful old building has a grand atrium and a glass elevator for the first leg of the trip up to the viewing level of the tower. Then it was back to the American History Museum to see the original Star Spangled Banner, the First Lady and American Presidents’ exhibits – and of course, the Ruby Slippers!
Next, it was off to W, the bar atop the Washington Hotel, with a beautiful view of the White House, and then dinner and drinks at Old Ebbitt Grill – both regularly frequented by legislators, etc. Unfortunately, again, I was not able to identify any personalities of political import.
Tomorrow, however is another day. We will venture back into DC proper to take in more sights. Tomorrow night is the Green Ball with an impressive list of party-goers. We all have tickets so Tara and Cathy can help me keep an eye out for famous folks. On Monday, we will celebrate President Obama’s second Inauguration with almost a million people on the Mall.