Friday the 11th was an in-house morning for class. We spent time on “observation deck” doing our morning music mayhem. At least that’s the way it feels to me, since I still don’t have a clue what I’m doing. We worked with gourds making African music. I can get the basic ta-da, but as soon as he adds dum-de-dum, I’m lost and feeling dumb. The afternoon we were free to work on our projects and do what we wanted. I rode the train all the way to Old Towne, which is the exact opposite on the map from where I am. I met up with an old friend from WDBJ days and had dinner. Then rode the train back to College Park.
Saturday I made it into the city to see the Newseum. This is my favorite place to visit in DC and since it’s always changing a bit, I enjoy stopping here each time. The museum is all about the Fourth Estate, all things journalistic, from 15th century news outlets to Twitter. Fascinating stuff.
Sunday I spent south of the Potomac at Arlington Cemetery and at the Pentagon Memorial…..in the blazing heat. Barely escaped without heat stroke I think.
Paid for the tram to try and avoid the heat by walking all over creation. That’s worth the $9. It stops at Kennedy’s site, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Arlington House, home of Robert E Lee.
I prowled Arlington House for a while. Lee left his home once the Civil War started and the Union took it over for a while. They began burying the dead soldiers on the grounds and eventually became Arlington Cemetery. You can get the whole scoop at the NPS website.
The house is not air-conditioned and it’s full of original art. I couldn’t believe they had all the stuff in an un-controlled climate. When I asked the ranger about it, she said, “well it was hot then, too.” say what?!
I left Arlington and headed to the Pentagon. I wanted to see the 9/11 Memorial there. The website said there was easy access. Just get off the Metro and make a right, “it’s right there.” Failing to mention that you have to walk half-way around the world’s largest office building to get there! This was about the point where I felt I might be succumbing to heat stroke. Glad I made the effort, however. It’s a beautiful and serene sight.