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A Coast to Coast Experience from Salt Lake City to Long Beach

A Coast to Coast Experience from Salt Lake City to Long Beach

Events Magazine, as best I can remember. We went to SLC airport in time to check-in and wait to see if we could

board the flight to New York City.  (Editor’s note: Don’t fly “stand by” – it’s very predictable.) We didn’t, but we were

told we could make the early morning flight to Long Beach, California, and then transfer to flight another to New

York City. There wasn’t enough time to get home, so we stayed for a few hours at the airport. We flew from SLC to

Long Beach to New York City with no real problem. We picked up a Ford Van at the Avis car rental company and

went to Carolyn and Cade’s. Side note: I had always seen driving in New York to be a scary experience. It’s not. The

next morning we left Me, Ronwen (Mom), and Hillary with Carolyn, Cade, and Matthew, traveling from Middletown,

A Coast to Coast Experience from Salt Lake City to Long Beach

Connecticut to Philadelphia, PA. Because the traffic was so awful, we were too late to be able to do anything in

Philadelphia that day. Note: The drivers in New York City are horrible and rude and careless. We stopped and saw

Valley Forge on the way to Philadelphia. I learned that it is a gathering place for Continental Army troops and a

training place for those soldiers. We saw lots of deer along the drive as we passed through Valley Forge. We saw and

crossed a “covered bridge” along the road as we passed. Mommy was excited about that! We stayed at the Hiatt

Regency Hotel in Washington D.C.We ate one night in Trattoria Sorrento Italian restaurant, 4930 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. Awesome Italian cuisine !!

We also ate the Original Pancake House, next to the hotel. Great breakfast! We visited the following places while

A Coast to Coast Experience from Salt Lake City to Long Beach

touring in the Washington D.C. area.Washington LDS Temple. We saw it in daylight and after dark. We saw bats

flying around him in the dark. The White House. It was smaller than I was pictured. The journey was short and not

worth the time, other than to say we were “buried” there. Air and Space Museum (Smithsonian). An interesting

place, but not as exciting as I ever thought it would be. Jets, airplanes, and spacecraft were on display. I thought the

most interesting thing was Brother Wright’s aircraft. The National Archives.  I ran a wheelchair. I was surprised to

see how slow both documents were now. They were almost illegible. We went in front of the Capitol building. Great!

We took some pictures of it. Note: Hillary was the lead photographer on this trip, and she did very well in expressing

A Coast to Coast Experience from Salt Lake City to Long Beach

her talent and skill with the camera.Library of Congress.  It was awesome on the inside. The whole interior of this

building was decorated with arches, marble, sculpture, and colorful paintings and murals. Subway / Metro. It was

surprisingly clean and efficient for public transportation. we arrived there early in the morning, just before they were

officially open. Mount Vernon. We waited, walking casually over the grounds. We walked out onto the east lawn, the

typical spot where the familiar picture of the main house is taken. Looking out at the panoramic view of the beautiful

Potomac River, I could see why Washington loved its house so much. We took the specially organized tour of the

grounds, looking at the slave quarters, the gardens, the greenhouse, the bowling green (east lawn), the west lawn

A Coast to Coast Experience from Salt Lake City to Long Beach

with the awesome view of the Potomac, the “Essential” (house inn), and Washington’s Tomb. The guide asked

volunteers to carry a wreath into Washington’s tomb to honor him. I raised my hand quickly. Cade volunteered, too.

Walking into his tomb and placing the wreath, and sweeping my fingers across the limestone sarcophagus, and

feeling its presence there, was a special experience. Hillary offered to read Washington’s Prayer for the Nation aloud

to the tour group. I think the experience touched her. Gettysburg. I was always aware of this battlefield during the

Civil War. An interesting place to pass it. I initially considered skipping it in favor of other things. I’m so glad I didn’t

miss it. We went to the site and parked the car near the Visitor Center. We went on a tour through the middle,

looking at the faces and reading the stories of the people who.

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