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Summerhouse been a quenching respite since 1880

Where can you go for a drink around the U.S. Capitol? Well, since 1880 or so The Summerhouse has always offered refreshment. Water, that is. The hexagonal red brick building on the west lawn of the Senate side has a … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Kennedy Center balcony

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Remembering the life of a child

The death of a child is certainly heartbreaking. It often makes for interesting memorials. Alice May Parker died in 1861 at age 12 of typhoid fever. At Congressional Cemetery, a praying angel the size of a child prays over her … Continue reading

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Olive Risley Seward: The lady was a daughter

On the edge of Seward Square is a statue of a Victorian woman looking at the grassy area. Turns out it’s a long story and a good one. William Seward was Secretary of State who not only bought Alaska for … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Second amendment rally on Capitol Hill

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Upright Motive No. 1: Glenkiln Cross

It’s the accidental sculpture. The original lies on a hilltop on the Glenkiln Farm Estate in Scotland where a shepherd once oversaw his flock. British sculptor Henry Moore made the 11-foot tall bronze cross with a small crosspiece near the … Continue reading

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Sir John Dill worth stopping for a breather

When first becoming a guide, I wasn’t the tip-top physical specimen before you today (kidding) and needed a quick breather when walking people up to the Tomb of the Unknowns. If you don’t split to the right to see John … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

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Best places to see downtown fireworks?

Can I say on watching fireworks on TV from my living room is my plan and not sound like a crotchety old man? I spent the 1980s with a million others listening to the Beach Boys concerts on the national … Continue reading

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Locks on bridges reach Georgetown C&O Canal

I was standing on the red pedestrian bridge across the C&O Canal in Georgetown when I spotted a lock under the rail. It contained a heart with”Corbett & Camilla 12/2/13″ attached. Awe. Locks on bridges have become popular worldwide. I … Continue reading

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My 1,000th post

Eight years ago, I started this blog as a new tour guide. It chronicles much of what I learn and see as a tour guide in my hometown of Washington, D.C. And this is post No. 1,000. Wow, where does … Continue reading

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Sunflower maze in the calm of Southern Maryland

The McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Md. is a great field of sunflowers. I really enjoyed it until everyone found out and the place was overrun. So I have a new alternative for you in another direction – Ladybugs … Continue reading

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Lobsterman gets a new spot

Sometimes you have to change fishing grounds, and in this case a new dock. The Maine waterman, nicknamed the Lobsterman, has been moved as part of the new SW Waterfront from Sixth and Waters Sts. to the Fish Market at … Continue reading

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Ahoy there – stop by the U.S. Navy Memorial

Washington has many wonderful fountains. The World War II Memorial’s may be the best at night. The Library of Congress’ Court of Neptune is akin to Rome’s Trevi Fountain. The ones on the sides of the U.S. Capitol are interesting. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: FLOTUS china over the years

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Sons of Revolutionary War at Arlington National Cemetery

While Arlington National Cemetery didn’t open until 80 years after the Revolutionary War, there are 11 veterans interred there. Nine are in Section 1 in the cemetery’s rear near the Fort Meyer gate while Pierre L’Enfant and Hugh Auld are … Continue reading

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New perspective can make you feel like an idiot

I wrote about a tree in Arlington National Cemetery that nearly overtook a grave. But I came upon the tree from the opposite angle recently and there was a second grave tucked in the other side of the tree I … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Turning walls into wallpaper

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The curious tale of Socrates Hoffin, uh Hofius

Wandering Arlington National Cemetery’s back regions, I came across a grave that just struck me. Socrates Hoffin – sounded like a cool name. Figured I’d look him up. And there began the journey. After searching military records that list him … Continue reading

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Remember the Alamo and Graceland – my vacation road trip

I’ll remember the Alamo and much more off my recent vacation that snaked 1,046 miles from Memphis to San Antonio. Yes, tour guides travel sometimes for pleasure, too. My wife and I aren’t ones to just sit on the beach … Continue reading

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