Lots of Pictures

Current Location: Wytheville KOA, Wytheville, Virginia

Here’s another catch-up post for you. This time it is because we’ve been having so much fun and getting in too late to organize everything into a blog post. So, here’s what we’ve been up to the past week.

On Wednesday, we took our Mt. Vernon and Arlington National Cemetery tour. Both were very interesting. We also stopped on the way to Mt. Vernon to visit Christ Church, where George Washington attended.

Here are some pictures from Christ Church and Mt. Vernon.


Christ Church, where George Washington attended.


Mt. Vernon from the front.


Mt. Vernon from the back

Some pictures from Arlington National Cemetery.


Kennedy grave sites and memorial


Air Force memorial visible from Arlington Cemetery


Rows and rows of headstones


Guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier.

While at Arlington, we watched the guard change at the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was a very sobering ceremony.

Thursday night, we drove up towards Baltimore to go to Medieval Times. It was a very enjoyable evening. The food was good, but nothing spectacular. The show is the main draw. We were seated in the section cheering on the Red Knight. There were six different colored sections with six corresponding Knights. They performed various feats, including some jousting.


The Red Knight – our hero.


Our Master of Ceremonies on a beautiful Friesian horse.

Through the weekend, we enjoyed the company of others at our Heartland Owners Club rally. Friday night’s dinner was burgers and hot dogs on the grill. We all gathered around the Maryland Chapter Leaders’ campsite to eat dinner.


Time for dinner

Saturday morning was a full breakfast at the same location as dinner Friday night. The rest of Saturday was a free day to do whatever you wanted. We just hung around the campground and took it easy. Saturday evening was a catered dinner at the outdoor pavilion. We had BBQ chicken and pork along with all the sides. We also took a group photo.


Group photo (a few were missing)

On Sunday, we had a continental breakfast and said goodbye to those that were leaving. We stayed until Tuesday, so we had another lazy day around the trailer.

On Monday evening, we went on the DC at Night tour. We rode into town, around town, then back to the campground on the top, open deck of the double decker bus. It was a very full tour. We got lots of great pictures. Here are a few.


Iwo Jima Memorial again


Washington Monument in fading sunset


Lincoln Memorial close-up


Lincoln Memorial


Washington Monument


Artistic framing of the Lincoln Memorial


FDR Memorial


Washington Monument from the FDR Memorial


Washington Monument from between the columns of the Jefferson Memorial


Thomas Jefferson

This morning we said our goodbyes to a couple friends that were still left in the campground and headed out. We drove west on I-66, then south on I-81. We stopped for the night at the Wytheville KOA in Wytheville, Virginia.


Our site

When we got out to check the position of the trailer, Malcolm noticed a trail of something on the ground that the trailer was leaving. It was dripping off the hose that has the fresh water tank drain valve, so Malcolm thought it was just not closed completely. Instead of water, he found out it was hydraulic fluid from our slides or leveling system. It has been accumulating in the underbelly of the trailer and started leaking out since we had to drive up a bit of an incline into our spot.


The trail of fluid

We called a local RV mobile repair person who left his business cards at the KOA desk. He called back just a little while ago and said he could look at it, but if it involved the hydraulic hose fittings, he didn’t have the appropriate tools to fix it. We thanked him for considering it and decided we’ll just head on south as planned and figure out where to get it fixed later on.

We were going to grill dinner outside, but a front moving through had a pretty stiff breeze with it. Also, we were hearing thunder in the distance. We decided to take the campground up on their offer of cooking up some pizza for us. We ate some of it and put the rest in the fridge for leftovers.

Since we won’t be getting any repairs done here, we’re moving on tomorrow on south to probably the area of Chattanooga, Tennessee. We should be in Wetumpka on Thursday.




Washington DC Visit

Current Location: Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Maryland

Yesterday (Monday), we pretty much took it easy. We ran out to the grocery store and picked up some groceries. We stopped by Home Depot and picked up a sheet of plexiglass to fix our storm door window. When we pulled out of a rest area in Virginia, Malcolm had to make a pretty hard left turn which sent our stand mixer tumbling into the storm door, shattering the plexiglass.

We also bought tickets for our Gray Line bus tours for Tuesday and Wednesday. Today, we took our “DC in a Day” tour, visiting several various sites around town. We rode a bus from the campground to Union Station in Washington. We then hopped on a double-decker bus (with open top deck) to tour the city.


Our ride downtown.


View from the double decker.

Here are some of the places we visited, shown in pictures:


The White House (Photo Stop)


The Capitol Building


View of the Washington Monument from the Capitol Building area.


The Washington Monument up close


Iwo Jima Monument


World War II Memorial


World War II Memorial with Washington Monument in the background


Lincoln Memorial (Outside)


Lincoln Memorial (Inside)


Korean War Memorial

We also stopped by the FDR Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial. We had lunch at the food court in the Ronald Reagan building. The tour bus dropped us back off at Union Station where we picked up a bus to take back to the campground. We left the campground at 7:00am and returned about 6:00pm. Quite a long day of sightseeing, but the weather was perfect (about 80 degrees and sunny).

Tomorrow, we take the other half of our tour by visiting Mt. Vernon and Arlington Cemetery. We also booked a “Washington by Night” tour for next Monday evening. That should provide a lot of nice photo ops with the big camera.