Day 6
April 13th, 2002
Lorton, Virginia

I was up early.  I had promised my nephew I would come to watch him play, and today was the day to honor the pledge.  We were at the soccer fields by 8:30am. 

Ah, life in the suburbs of Northern Virginia.  Traffic just as thick on the weekends as a work day, because everyone is running errands they put off all week.  My in laws are typical inhabitants of this place called "yuppie heaven."  Up at 5 for the 1.5-2 hour, 25 mile commute, to get inside the Beltway by 9am.  They return home between 6-7pm with kids in tow.  Supper is usually some kind of take out, and in bed by 9 to start all over again the next day.  Weekends are jam packed with soccer, dance lessons, and shopping.  Not exactly my way to live, but to each his own.

The weather is sunny but cool.

Our team wins the soccer game, and Michael plays a great game.

We arrive back at the house around 10:30 am and I gear up for the ride into DC.  David gives me instructions to 5 Guys Hamburgers, a local chain in the DC area.  He says they have the best burgers.

I find 5 Guys, and I agree.  Very good burgers, cooked the old fashioned way.  Almost as good as the Hamburger King back home.

I take I-95 North and ride into DC, and exit down to Constitution Avenue.  Traffic is not too bad, and I soon find myself near the Mall.

I won't bore my readers with details of the monuments, or waste time downloading pictures of stuff everyone has already seen a thousand times.  Let's just say I visited the Lincoln Memorial,  Washington Monument, Vietnam Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and the Iwo Jima Memorial.  I also strolled the Capital Complex, and rode by the White House.  Getting around was so much easier on the ST, then the van I used on my last trip here.

My final stop of the day was in Arlington, at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  This was the highlight of the day.  The changing of the guard is some thing every American should witness.  The solemn way these soldiers carry out their duty, is most impressive.  The precision and manner of these guards is inspiring.  They take genuine pride in guarding the tombs, and it shows.  I was lucky enough to be there at a wreath laying ceremony.  A class of New Jersey grade school kids, bought a wreath, and soldiers of the "Old Guard" were bringing it out.  Taps was played in honor of the laying.  It was very moving.

I spent 3 hours sightseeing, then jumped back on I-95 and returned to Lorton.

I insisted David and Cathy spend the evening out, while I took care of the kids.  They took me up on the offer, and headed out at 6pm for some fun.

We ordered Chinese take out, and after supper walked down to the local playground.  It was a good way to move some air around after a big supper.

When we returned home, the kids insisted I watch Shrek with them.  We popped popcorn and drank cokes, and had a fun evening.  They both fell asleep, and I had to carry them upstairs at 9:30pm.

I logged on David's Gateway, answered all my email, and even managed to web surf for a hour.

I tried to watch some cable news, but grew sleepy and went to bed about 11:30pm.  I don't know what time David and Cathy made it back.

It was another great day, but I am ready to get back on the road.  I set my clock for a early start the next morning.