||A few months before we had left on our trip, I had contacted Jim Ramstad's
office to get some of the "special" tours that I had read about. It turned
out that they were only able to schedule two for us. The Kennedy
Center (which we decided not to do) and the Capitol tour. We did
the Capitol tour today and it was great.
Drew was our guide. He is a college student who was born in Plymouth, grew up in South America and is going to college in DC. He was very friendly and knowledgable
||We got to see the Senate in action. It took a while to figure
out what was going on, but we actually got to be there for a vote on an
amendment for health care. It didn't pass. But it was fun to
see all of the Senators come up for the vote and then leave again.
We saw Wellstone and heard Dayton, but didn't see him. We saw Hillary
Clinton and some others that Bill recognized.
We also went to the Supreme Court Building but the lecture and tour were not very thrilling. And the speaker put me to sleep.
|The Ford Theatre where Lincoln was shot was our next stop. After
a long walk in a "Code Red" day (which means dangerously hot - kind of
like our windchill index alerts!) we arrived at the Theatre. It was
worth the walk. The speaker who told us the story was very good.
And the museum display in the basement taught us a lot.
Coming out of the Petersen House where Lincoln died, Mandy noticed this tree where the trunk was covered with chewed up discarded gum. We saw two trees like this. Bill pointed out that the sign at the entrance to the Petersen House said "no gum". I guess this is the thing to do with your gum before going in there! (Bill thought gum trees would look more like other trees....)