Re: Trip to Washington, DC
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sun, 17 Mar 1996 21:32:12 -0500
Call ahead to your Congressman to arrange a trip to the top of the Capitol
Dome. Such trips must be accompanied by the Congressman himself, or herself.
If your guy is out, perhaps another from the state delegation can
substitute. This tour is rarely taken.
Call the National Park Service now for information about the tour under the
Lincoln Memorial. Stalactites, stalagmites, grafitti, ghosts -- great tour.
How mobile are you? A Scout visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore would be a
great complement to seeing the original "Star Spangled Banner" in the
Smithsonian Museum of American History. Birds should be incredibly abundant
at the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, a bit over an hour out of Washington, past
Annapolis, across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. You might find some cheap
crabcakes. Lots of birds . . .
The Godard Space Flight Center of NASA is just outside of D.C. -- it is often
overlooked as a tour site.
The National Cathedral offers some good opportunities. It is the burial
place of Helen Keller and President Woodrow Wilson. The building itself is
imposing, gives opportunities to practice the "reverant" part of the Scout
Law. Perhaps a good place for services if you're in town Sunday.
Friday evenings the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps used to perform at the Naval
Barracks (near the Naval Yard). A great, free show, though tickets need to
be obtained in advance.
Don't forget that the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials are open late (used to
be 24-hours; not sure about hours in post-Gingrich era). They are most
imposing in evening hours when crowds are smaller.
Many groups miss the National Gallery of Art. See if they have a special
exhibit to let your kids see great exhibits. They have a great cafe, but
probably expensive beyond your budget.
Library of Congress usually has outstanding free exhibits, and the food in
the cafeteria in the Jefferson building used to be cheap. The reading room
is a place all scholars should see.
National Portrait Gallery may have a good special exhibit. Great place to
visit anyway, but depending on your time, I'd bet you have more important
things to see.
Einstein statue at the National Academy of Sciences is a great piece of
sculpture; quick break from Vietnam Memorial or Lincoln Memorial. Don't
overlook possibility of stopping at Roosevelt Island for Teddy Roosevelt
statue; it's close to the Iwo Jima Memorial and Netherlands Carrillon.
When I led tours of D.C. for the L. A. Jonas Foundation's kids, we ate often
at Scholl's cafeterias. We stayed in budget with great, fresh food that
way. See if any Scholl's are left in town.
Too much to see. In all my time there, I never made it to Dumbarton Oaks or
the Nationanal Capitol Area Trolley Museum. Good luck!
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City