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The Voyage East (Part 2)

After the reunion dinner Saturday night, I was wiped out, and so was the goodwoman of the house. We took a taxi back to our car and returned to our motel in Piscataway. One of our group had organized a picnic in Central Park for noon on Sunday, but it just wasn't possible for us to join them - it looked like a delightful gathering, however.

Picnic1
Liz, Dee, Leah, Jo Ann, Gary, Don

Picnic2
Hal, Don, Gary, Jo Ann, Liz, Dee, Joan

Very much wish I could have been there, but it was wonderful to see everyone at the restaurant on Saturday night. One memory I had involved visiting the home of one of my classmates - her parents had this wonderful collection of antique cast-iron banks. As we discussed this, my friend indicated that the collection had been sold at auction by Christie's in later years and kindly brought the catalog showing the lot offered for sale - these items are worth a fortune today, and I'm pleased to have seen so many of them in operation, all in one place. I think my favorite was the dentist - when a button was pressed, the dentist would yank a patient's tooth and fall backwards, depositing the coin into the bank. The patient would also rotate backwards out of his seat. Many of these bank depicted minorities in a rather unsavory manner, but that was the landscape of the time.

Annie's Banks

Monday we checked out of our motel and headed down to the Chesapeake Bay, where a cousin of mine and her husband own a fabulous cabin by the water. We explored the area, shopped in Chestertown, did some laundry and were able to decompress after 5 rather hectic days in the City. (Remember, children, there is only one city. Everything else is a suburb of New York.) I could gladly have spent a week there - they have a canoe and kayaks, and the bay is beautiful.

Cabin2
The Cabin in the Woods

Cabin
Waterside

Dock
Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay

We enjoyed visiting Play it Again Sam's - they have great eats and free WiFi, which is the only way to get connected out there, as even cell phone reception is spotty in Worton where the cabin actually is.

Sam's
Sam's

We left the cabin on Wednesday, and headed down to the DC area, where said wonderful people put us up in their guest room and gave us a base of operations to see some of the area.

Backyard
The backyard, which goes down a long hill to the Potomac.

We visited the National Cathedral:

King David
King David on a lectern

Rosette
Transept rosette

Altar
The Altar

Basement Chapel
Mosaic Chapel in the Crypt

Ate at a Thai restaurant and visited the National Zoo:

Zoo Entrance
Zoo Entrance

Otters
We Otter take a nap...

Elephant
They see me playin'...

Tired Panda
Tired panda

Panda Research
Panda research station

Many knit shops were visited...

Knit Shop

And much stash was acquired...
Stash
This was all free from people who were de-stashing... including alpaca!

Etete
We dined at Etete, my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in the DC area

After a wonderful stay in our nation's capital, we bid farewell to our most gracious hosts and headed southward, to spend a few days in the Harrisonburg, VA area - Part III to follow.


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