October 12, 2006
Today we got up later than my dad would have liked, had breakfast with Dr. Turk, and said our goodbyes. He has had an amazing life and was a great host. I don't think I've ever met anyone who has been to as much of the world as him.
Today's drive took us through Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It seemed to take a lot longer than it should have because of the congested highways around DC. We finally arrived at our hotel early in the evening. It's a nice place, but its location just outside of DC has caused it to be far more expensive than its luxury warrants.
Late at night, my great uncle Mike, who lives near here, stopped by, still in his square dancing outfit. He took us for a drive around the major tourist points of town. We went past the National Mall, the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, the capitol, and the FDR Memorial. Traffic wasn't bad at night, but we were told that it's horrendous during the day, so we'll take the subway to get around tomorrow. So far, DC seems like a beautiful place with an overwhelming amount of stuff to see. We'll only have few days to squeeze a lot in. I'm not going to have any great adventures write about yet. Just a lot of touristy stuff.