Author Archives: Rick

Food trucks tell no lies

I don’t often eat at food trucks, but damn they’re tempting sometimes. Not just for saving money and time, but interesting items. I wandered past a group near a downtown Metro station at lunchtime. And, the one thing about the … Continue reading

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I like Ike, his building not so much

It’s not the prettiest building in Washington. Mark Twain called the Eisenhower Executive Office Building “the ugliest building in America” while former president Harry Truman called it “the greatest monstrosity in America.” The EEOB is a French Second Empire style … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Caps corn maze

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George Washington and Purple Heart

There’s a marker just a few yards left to the entrance into Mount Vernon that is often overlooked but a pretty cool remembrance of history. George Washington wasn’t allowed by the Continental Congress to promote Revolutionary War soldiers based on … Continue reading

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If you’re a plane or space junkie, Udvar-Hazy worth the trip

For years I’ve heard great things about the The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Drove by the entrance plenty of times without stopping just like hundreds of other local attractions. It’s worth the trip to the Chantilly, Va.  venue near Dulles … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Robin Hill winery

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Lily Pond: art for art’s sake, I guess

On this site was the first water to be piped through the streets for city residents. I’ll let you have a moment to absorb all that. The Lily Pond in John Marshall Park at 4th and C Sts. N.W. by … Continue reading

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U.S. Botanic Gardens more than a greenhouse

One of the joys of becoming a tour guide is stopping at places I’ve driven past a million times. High on the list is the U.S. Botanic Garden on 1st and Maryland Ave. S.W. on the footstep of the U.S. … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Irish Sea

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Bugler welcome visitors to Arlington National Cemetery

The first makeover of the Arlington National Cemetery welcome center in 20 years included six large murals of scenes around the cemetery. However, the centerpiece of the room is a Taps bugler patterned after Staff Sgt. Jesse Tubb of South … Continue reading

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Congressional is still the cemetery for Congress

Congressional Cemetery was once a happening place for U.S. Senators or Congressmen to spend their eternal years. Eighty were buried there until 1870 when the sandstone centographs were deemed ugly. So the black marble stone of Stephen Joshua Solarz near … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: OBX sunset

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5 things to know before visiting Washington

Visitors arrive in Washington expecting to see the president walking down Pennsylvania Ave. in open warfare with Congress. Instead, you probably won’t see a politician. Washington is a city of surprises. I’m a native, maybe the only one you’ll know … Continue reading

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Petersen House is a must stop for Lincoln fans

For many years, I’ve walked past Petersen House en route to Ford Theatre. I should have detoured across the street years earlier. President Abraham Lincoln died at Petersen House on April 14, 1865 after shot the night before at Ford’s … Continue reading

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Cenotaphs define Congressional Cemetery

They hit you right away. Amid the acres of graves, the rows of cenotaphs made me say, “What the . . . “ (And shame on you with dirty minds even if you guessed right.) Congressional Cemetery has 168 nearly … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Things are looking up for me

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Veterans Affairs chief rests in Arlington National Cemetery

Coming around the corner from Joe Kennedy’s memorial marker when heading to Lee’s mansion or the Crook’s Stairs, there’s a shiny black marble marker that catches your eye. Gordan Hall Mansfield, a wounded Vietnam veteran who later served as Deputy … Continue reading

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Look up at National Archives pediment

I’m a big advocate of looking up when walking around major buildings. It’s amazing what you’re missing at street level. The Recorder of the Archives hangs above Pennsylvania Ave. Author James Goode called it “the finest sculptured pediment in Washington” … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Lincoln Memorial

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Henry Rathbone’s house – the man next to Lincoln

The White House isn’t the only house to walk by the front door around Lafayette Park. A famous bystander to history is a few doors down. Major Henry Rathbone was in Abraham Lincoln’s box when murdered by John Wilkes Booth. … Continue reading

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