We had a wonderful time in
May 18-23, 2017
So many highlights it was hard to select just a few.
We started off with 35 people who became 35 friends.
During the time we spent together, we enjoyed wandering Crocker Park Mall, Frederick Douglass Home, Washington D.C. monuments, The National Museum of African American History & Culture, Flight 93 National Memorial, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center...Whew!
After sitting in the coach for several hours the first day, Crocker Park Mall was a time to relax, choose from over 30 restaurants (yep a lot of cheese cake too) and even have time to shop and talk with some new friends. It was a nice evening to sit outside and enjoy our surroundings.
After finally settling in to our hotel near Washington, we prepared ourselves for a long day touring D.C. Our guide, Mr. Q, was prepared to explore the sights we had requested. One of the special ones was the Frederick Douglass Home. Of course who could forget the fantastic skills of our driver Jeff? Wow, small streets, tight turns, and even some help from Mr. Q to bend the stop sign back from the road made getting to the museum an adventure to say the least! We were fortunate to see the Douglass movie and several people were strong enough to hike, and I mean hike, up to the porch where Douglass actually sat and enjoyed the view. From there we listened to Mr Q tell us stories about each of the monuments. 1939 international renown singer Marian Anderson was refused the opportunity to sing at the DAR Constitution Hall yet gained popularity when she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. He also mentioned Harriet Tubman would replace Jackson on the front of the $20 bill, becoming the 1st woman in more than a century and first African American to grace the front of a paper note. (The $10 was also going to be replaced but the current popularity of the musical "Hamilton" has allowed him to stay.) A fascinating guide for a fascinating city.
Some of the places we visited
(more pictures will be added over the next few days)
A fun time was the dinner at the Holiday Inn. Who is going to forget Theo being surrounded by a circle of women cheering on his moves? Muriel sure showed us how to shimmy and even went 'head to head' in competition! The moves of Shirley who got others to take her seriously and encouraged so many others to join in the fun. Arnette certainly was not to be left behind. Leasa and Betty brought out their inner 'dancing with the stars' moves to the enjoyment of all. And we finished that off with a congo line around the room. Who said we didn't regain our second wind?
Next day we once again became more serious as we viewed the site of Flight 93. The flight was actually headed toward San Francisco but the crew was incapacitated over Ohio. Only 18 minutes flying time from Washington D.C. the passengers voted to overtake the terrorists rather than have them attack another symbol of our freedom. According to the voices that were heard, the fight lasted about 6 minutes before the plane crashed. It was a sober memorial that had artifacts, messages from the families and reminders of what happened on 911.
After another night on the road, we arrived in Cincinnati for a stop at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Some chose to view the Rosa Parks Experience. With 3D glasses, we became Rosa Parks and encountered the attitude of the people who resented her sitting in the 'wrong' place on the bus. Others went through the Nelson Mandella exhibit. Many pictures showed his life and how he became the powerful man he was. The exhibit followed him through his life and had many of his personal items and documents. The quilts, the singing children, the carefully reconstructed cabin were just a very small part of the Freedom Center.
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