Weekend IV

It is Sunday afternoon.  It has been a great weekend, but man am I down about the fact it is almost over.  I successfully drove into D.C. and met Tracy at the Hyatt near the Rosslyn metro station.  She beat me to the hotel by about an hour.  This stop is not a bad home base and we have booked rooms at the Residence Inn across the street for Labor Day weekend when the kids come up with her.

We had just enough time to get reacquainted before leaving the hotel for dinner and a trip into the city to see the Marine Corp band and Marine Corp Silent Drill Team.  We met a group from the N.A. who came in for the same show.  Each session of the N.A. has a trip to New York, that was scheduled for this weekend, so the group coming in for the Marine Corp was small. 

If you are in D.C., I highly recommend seeing this exhibition.  The Marine Barracks are at 8th and I St, a short walk from the Eastern Market metro stop.  Both the Marine Corp band and the Marine Corp Drum and Bugle Corp played and the Silent Drill Team was very impressive.  The photography conditions were about as tough as they can get, dark blue and white uniforms lit by spotlight after dark.  I did the best I could and I was fairly happy with the results.

Some of my fellow students
Some of my fellow students
I was happier than my fellow students.
I was happier than my fellow students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy brought her camera too,
Tracy brought her camera too,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The silent drill team works with M-1 Garand rifles with bayonets fixed, spinning and twirling them through elaborate displays.  No flashes were allowed during this portion of the show, not that they would have reached far enough to do any good anyhow.  The NCO doing the rifle inspection actually dropped one rifle during the display but they carried on; it was proof, in my opinion, of how challenging a routine they had worked out.  After the show, we parted ways with my classmates and returned to our hotel.

Commandant's House
Commandant’s House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Band
Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Drill Team performed for about 20 minutes nonstop
The Drill Team performed for about 20 minutes nonstop
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More of the drill team
More of the drill team

 

 

 

 

 

 

They would move the drill up and down the line
They would move the drill up and down the line

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Passing the rifle for inspection
Passing the rifle for inspection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parade ground inside the barracks, before the sun went down.
The parade ground inside the barracks, before the sun went down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday we took the subway into D.C. again and went to the Postal Museum.  I did not know what to expect, but it was a very nice museum and much less crowded than the more popular museums.  It is right outside Union Station.  Lots of history and well done displays.

Who knew a museum about the postal service . . .
Who knew a museum about the postal service . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . would be so interesting.
. . . would be so interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If posted all the shots of Tracy, this page would get really, really long.
If posted all the shots of Tracy, this page would get really, really long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

From there, we walked down Capitol Hill to the Capitol Building and poked around the outside.  Along the way, we found the William Taft monument.  I never knew he had a monument but the park surrounding his is much nicer than the National Mall.  We also found a little alcove in the Capitol yard where a natural spring was protected inside a very pretty little brick structure.  We walked on to the National Botanical Gardens and then laid on the Capitol lawn for a break.  We ended the day by returning to the Wok and Roll, a Chinese restaurant in China Town where we ate last Thanksgiving.  It was raining by the time we finished dinner but it was only a short walk back to the Metro Station and then back to our hotel.

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Taft Monument
Taft Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens

 

Capitol Lawn - Self Portrait
Capitol Lawn – Self Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This has gone long enough, so I will leave posting about today until later.  I don’t have those photographs moved onto my computer anyhow, and it is time to go find something for supper.  We will pack tonight but I am going to drive back to campus in the morning, as Tracy’s flight does not leave Reagan until 0800.  I am not looking forward to tomorrow morning.

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3 Responses to Weekend IV

  1. Laura says:

    Tim, you look rather Russian with the new goatee (sp?) Glad you had a good weekend though I know you hate to see Tracy go. Is the next countdown Labor Day?

  2. Tracy says:

    I’ll throw in my appreciation of the Marines here. Each section of the stands (padded bleachers) is addressed by three Marines. We had two members of the band, both of whom were quite witty. The first one could probably be very successful at stand-up comedy. They gave some history of the barracks and the bands. The third Marine is a Lance Corporal who, among other things, talked about his feelings about being posted there and participating in these shows. At first he was disgusted because he wanted to go to Afghanistan, “where the action is.” But then he spoke about the honor it is to represent his fellow Marines, past and present, by participating in the performance. He was very excited because he’s shipping out this week (today, actually, if I remember right) for further training and he plans to be in Afghanistan by March, 2012. As I sat there looking at a young man not much older than my own daughter, it was very humbling to realize the dedication and pride that these men and women have in our country and in what they are doing for our country. If you ever have an opportunity to attend this performance, grab it. You won’t regret it.

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