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Wednesday, May 19, 1999

I was working on the webpage for my trip to the east coast last fall, the Washington, DC section and remembered how much I enjoyed the trip but especially how much I loved DC. It was such a wonderful place. I would love to live there. I'm sure it's not as much fun if you live there but I still think it is a marvelous place.

The museums are wonderful and the parks are great and the architecture is magnificent, but it's the history that has passed through the place that I find so wonderful. It has been one of the main focal points of the world for the last hundred years. Despite the fact that I had never been there before, I felt at home. I had seen so much of it before I ever got there that it was like I was coming home.

I do love traveling. I like traveling all kinds of ways. I like buses and hostels and I like historic hotels and trains. Now I haven't done trains yet though I plan to do a short train trip over Memorial Day Weekend and few historic hotels. Actually most of the "historic" hotels I've stayed at have just been old. I like old. I'm not crazy about old and crazy, but they are interesting.

When my daughter was here, she and Joel stayed at some of the very old motels down on the old US-89 that ran through town. They said they were old and very strange. Some of these rent by the hour, but most of them cater to the long term transient rentals. Well, that's an oxymoron. What I meant is that they rent by the month to people who don't hang around very long.

I do like to travel at a lower level than most of the travel magazines cater to. I don't play golf and shopping is just not something I consider a travel activity. I'm really not interested in where to find mesquite grilled trout or that exquisite faux French restaurant. I like to just walk around a city, which is why I like volkswalks, and sit on a bus and watch the plains or hills or mountains or desert roll by. I love it.

I enjoy entering a city at it's downtown or other not the best area of town. The nice parts of towns all look alike but the old parts are interesting. Old, run down, dirty, full of bums, but interesting. I like a nice mall, but I can see that at home.

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