Washington DC

17 Sep
2009

Day 6 – Washington DC

After a great saturday night in South Beach it was time to visit our nation’s capitol; Washington DC. We had a nice cushion in our flight schedule so we were able to get some additional sleep at the Ft. Lauderdale airport.

Our Flight Crew - Ronalee I., Jim M., and Lauren H.

Our Flight Crew - Ronalee I., Jim M., and Lauren H.

Jawa Transport at Dulles

Jawa Transport at Dulles

Once we landed in DC it was time to ride in the Jawa Transports at Dulles and meet up with our host for the day; Tyler, who is one of Clark’s friends from High School.  He’s an active member in Virginia’s Democratic party– When in Rome do as the Romans; we arrived at Blue Ridge Arsenal around 5pm and rented a glock and a couple hundred rounds of ammo. This was Joe & Steve’s first time ever firing a handgun. Steve had a good time, Joe claims to have been unimpressed (So we omitted pictures of him so as not to hinder his future political career).

Tyler provides Range Safety Instruction

Tyler provides Range Safety Instruction

Steve loads his clip

Steve loads his clip

Lock and Load

Lock and Load

Clark empties 10 rounds into a 3 grouping.

Clark empties 10 rounds into a 3" grouping.

It was about time to head into DC proper and get an up-close look at some of our country’s historic buildings. By the time we got into the city we realized we were starving so we stopped at the Capitol Lounge for some great food. Joe had a pizza, Clark grabbed some fish & chips while both Jeremy and Steve picked up a couple of steak sandwiches.

Capitol Building with protestors in foreground

Capitol Building with protestors in foreground

During our post-food stroll around the capitol building area we got a real treat, a free comedy show. It all started when we found a deposit of protest signs in a refuse bin (from the Tea Baggers… err Partiers).  We hold a bit of a grudge, we were supposed to have a Special tour of the Capitol Building, but it was canceled due to the Demonstrations going on during our visit.   It only got better from that point when we stumbled upon some live entertainment. It was an unnamed band with a preaching front man. Now I’m all for some good free speech and everyone’s right to protest but this was too inaccurate and funny to respect. You know the drill “death panels”, “tax payer funded abortion” it was a top 40 version of right wing nut job lies. Really good stuff and we enjoyed doing a little Heckling until the Capitol Police asked us to move along.

After laughing at the crazies our group split up, Clark and Adia toured Washington on foot, while everyone else went to Georgetown for a bit of a bar crawl. We wondered in and out of several fine establishments eventually ending up at Rhino’s Bar for $8 pitchers and Sunday night football.

The Washington Monument as viewed from the Capitol

The Washington Monument as viewed from the Capitol

Capitol Building

Capitol Building

Washington Monument (Closer Up)

Washington Monument (Closer Up)

The White House

The White House

A couple pitchers later we headed back into Fairfax, VA to Bridges. Now this was truly a one of a kind bar. Bridges really packs a punch on multiple levels. There were frat boys, sorority girls, pool tables, poker tournaments, lawn games, couches, lay-z-boys and a dance floor. It was mindblowingly lame and incredibly awesome simultaneously.

Last call is 1:30 in VA and that’s when we headed home. A great night in DC/Georgetown & Fairfax.

We’re heading to Orlando tomorrow to WRESTLE ALLIGATORS!  Stay tuned for some great behind the scene’s footage from that adventure.

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