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Keeping things current, we figured posting about our treks to our Nation's Capital would be appropriate. But where to start? There's just so much to see and do. We've been twice now, and have barely made a dent in the list of "must sees". The first time was a day trip on the way to St. Louis, not that DC is actually on the way to St. Louis from New England. It was before 9/11 and we had Berrie-Girl and Wesley with us. We walked around ALL day taking pictures of them at various monuments we encountered throughout the day.

Speaking of monuments, there are just too many to count. We really know how to commemorate events and honor our people. Most things you "have" to see are within walking distance. We saw The White House, Washington Monument and the National Mall.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall is a somber reminder, and Lincoln Memorial an amazing tribute.

That was all we had time for in our first visit. Quite awhile has passed and a lot has transpired between then and when we returned two weeks ago. Security is everywhere now, and there are many areas of the city closed to pedestrian traffic. They say their Metro system is great, and I would highly suggest using it. We probably could've walked the short trip to Arlington Cemetery quicker than it took us to drive. What an amazing place. You'll pay to park, but admission is free. We saw the eternal flame at JFK's grave, and watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a very moving tribute performed every hour by the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, Company E of the Old Guard. The Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and you can find the complete history of this and all things pertaining to the cemetery by visiting

We chose to find a Patriots-friendly place across the river in Alexandria to watch the game on Sunday. Murphy's Irish Pub was just like being in New England, and everyone cheered as Rex Ryan cried after each Pats score. Old Town is a fun area where you never know what you might find going on. Halloween Wkd. brought a parade of Pet Trick-or-Treaters and a costumed band of motorcycle riders.

We stayed at the Hamilton Crowne Royal, another stop on our tour of Historic Hotels of America. They "are" pet-friendly, but you might want to think twice about bringing your dog. Most Museums and some historic sites will not allow them. Where did we eat, you ask? Well, Greenlee & Fiera's Dad told us about "Founding Farmers", and it happened to be a three minute drive from our hotel, even with the constant gridlock. All locally sourced, home-cooked, amazing meals. Jen had the glazed salmon and I had their signature fried chicken and waffles, which sounded weird to me at first too, but trust me, you'll go back again. Which we did, for breakfast and another dinner.

All in all, both successful trips. Next time we'll plan time for the traffic, security, Smithsonian Institution, some of the other notable Museums and, of course, a couple more meals at Founding Farmers.