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S: Campbell Travels July 7-14, 2011

FC: There's a whole lot of party going on | Vacationing With The Campbells July 7 -14,2011

1: Family, Fun, Food and Fireworks | Duke Basketball Museum and Sports Hall of Fame | July 8, 2011

2: The 10,400-square-foot Duke Basketball Museum & Sports Hall of Fame, located on the second floor of the Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center on Duke's West Campus, showcases all of Duke's 25 sports in a public museum of video, audio, a theater, and trophy cases showcasing Duke's national champion- ships. the museum is a tribute to all things Carolina basketball.

3: The experience begins with a six-minute theater presentation, with video tributes to Carolina Basketball history, Michael Jordan, Phil Ford, Tyler Hansbrough, and Coaches Dean Smith and Roy Williams. The video also includes interactive presentations of the Tar Heels' 18 trips to the Final Four and 17 ACC Tournament Championships.

4: The basketball court is marked with footprints, from which memorable shots were hit. There are more than 450 artifacts that make up the history of Carolina basketball. The shoes and jerseys were HUGE! It includes Brian Reese's button-up warm-up jacket. There is a weighted vest worn by punished players in practice.There is Vince Carter's drum major hat and Bobby Jones's NBA All-Star jersey. We saw Walter Davis's game socks, Roy Williams's college textbooks and a ball from the 1957 NCAA championship team. The funniest was an index card which reminded the coaching staff to check out a kid named Mike' Jordan from Wilmington. Jordan's letter of intent is posted There's also a letter from Smith to Jordan, detailing skills to work on over the summer. And a letter to Jordan from Mike Krzyzewski, who's sorry to hear that #23 is no longer interested in attending Duke University. The Museum is well done!

6: Go Blue Devils!

8: This is the location and setting of Bull Durham, "the greatest sports movie of all time" according to Sports Illustrated, Durham, NC. | The movie was filmed in 1987.

9: MAMA DIP'S KITCHEN 408 W. Rosemary Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Country cooking!

10: MAJOR, the Durham Bull by Michael Waller and Leah Foushee. | It was rainy but we managed. The Bull Durham Game ending with Fireworks. | Wool E Bull

11: The Durham Bulls now play a mile south of the old ballpark in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park which is part of the American Tobacco District in Durham.

12: The museum tells the story of Army airborne and special operations units from their 1940 origin and movement to the Fayetteville area in March of 1942, through the present. | The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, NC

13: We watched a movie about Special Ops training.

15: We arrived as the Duke Chapel was closing. We did get to peek in and walk around the outside. Duke Chapel, a Neo-Gothic architecture in the English style. is characterized by large stone piers, pointed arches, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses, which allow the creation of vast open spaces, uninterrupted by columns for support. The Chapel is constructed of a volcanic stone from a quarry in Hillsborough, NC, which was purchased by the University for the construction of West Campus. Known as Hillsborough bluestone, the beautiful and distinctive stone actually ranges in color through 17 shades, from rust orange to slate gray. The stones are of varying sizes, all cut to the same proportions (twice as long as they are high). The pulpit, lectern, and other trimmings are made of Indiana limestone. The vaults of the choir are made of stone, but the walls and vaults of the nave and transepts are made of Guastavino tile, a ceramic tile also used in such structures as New York’s Grand Central Station, the Queensboro Bridge, and Grant’s Tomb. When James B. Duke selected the site for Duke University West Campus, in 1925, he chose to locate the Chapel on the sites highest ridge. The Chapel was the first building planned for the new campus, but the last one to be completed. Construction started in 1930, was completed in 1935, and cost nearly $2.3 million. The Chapel began to be used before its stained-glass windows and other details were finished; commencement was held in the Chapel in 1932.

17: Welcome to Sarah P. Duke Gardens!!!! | It seems every vacation we see a bride that we don't know! This is a beautiful place for a wedding! | July 9 We saw more of Durham. Mel and Holly shopped in Fuquay while the guys enjoyed resting a bit at the house!

18: On The Road to Washington DC | Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium, the crown jewel of college basketball's classic venues, was conceived on the back of a matchbook cover in 1935 and renovated in the late 1980s at a cost of $2 million. Cameron had been the site of 731 Blue Devil men and 336 Duke women victories entering the 2009-10 season.

19: July 10th we headed to Alexandria, VA. After hotel check-in, we headed to the National Baseball game. It was a VERY HOT day. We did get to try the famous Ben's Chili Bowl. It was also VERY HOT! | Monuments after dark

20: Lincoln Memorial | Korean War Memorial

21: World War II

22: July 11, 2011 | Washington Monument | Library of Congress This was VERY impressive.

23: We are waiting for our 8:15 a.m. appointment.

24: The finest of every building material was used. to create the amazing architecture. "Bookish quotes" were used as trim.

25: The Library of Congress was established by an act of Congress in 1800 when President John Adams signed a bill providing for the transfer of the seat of government from Philadelphia to the new capital city of Washington.

27: Established with $5,000 appropriated by the legislation, the original library was housed in the new Capitol until August 1814, when invading British troops set fire to the Capitol Building, burning and pillaging the contents of the small library. Within a month, retired President Thomas Jefferson offered his personal library as a replacement. Jefferson had spent 50 years accumulating books, "putting by everything which related to America, and indeed whatever was rare and valuable in every science"; his library was considered to be one of the finest in the United States. In offering his collection to Congress, Jefferson anticipated controversy over the nature of his collection, which included books in foreign languages and volumes of philosophy, science, literature, and other topics not normally viewed as part of a legislative library. He wrote, "I do not know that it contains any branch of science which Congress would wish to exclude from their collection; there is, in fact, no subject to which a Member of Congress may not have occasion to refer." In January 1815, Congress accepted Jefferson's offer, appropriating $23,950 for his 6,487 books, and the foundation was laid for a great national library. The Jeffersonian concept of universality, the belief that all subjects are important to the library of the American legislature, is the philosophy and rationale behind the comprehensive collecting policies of today's Library of Congress. In late 1851 the most serious fire in the Library's history destroyed about two-thirds of its fifty-five thousand volumes, including two-thirds of Jefferson's library. The Library kicked off its Bicentennial Gifts to the Nation Project on April 14 with a news conference announcing a $1 million gift to replace books lost in an 1851 fire that burned nearly two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson's library, which Congress had bought for $23,950 in 1815. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene, present Dr. Billington with a copy of Hermes, or a Philosophical Inquiry Concerning Universal Grammar to launch the effort to reconstruct Thomas Jefferson's library. - Glen Krankowski Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, and his wife, Gene, presented their gift to the Library during a semiannual meeting of the Library's Madison Council, which they have supported for the past seven years. The spiral of books has different colored ribbons showing the original books and Jones' replacements. Boxes the size of the books to be replaced still fill in the blanks.

28: Thanks for the memories Bob Hope!

29: We enjoyed watching a squirrel on this beautiful day! | Union Station | Melanie and Holly enjoyed "Chopped". The salads were great!

31: Supreme Court Visit | The Chief Justice and 8 associate justices make up the Supreme Court, the highest judicial authority in the United States. They decide whether actions of Congress, the President, the states and the lower courts follow the principles of the Constitution. Out of approximately 7,000 cases submitted each year to the Supreme Court, only about 100 cases are heard. Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman Justice.

33: Arlington National Cemetery

36: Just inside the iron gates where 4 million visitors enter every year, a sign spells it right out: "Welcome to Arlington National Cemetery, Our Nation's Most Sacred Shrine. Please Remember: These Are Hallowed Grounds." | There are 240,000 Americans buried here on 612 acres of rolling hills. The amphitheater is known as "America's Temple of Patriotism."

39: The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, just seconds after take off, killing all seven crew members. | Faces and names are carved on the monument (group headstone of commingled cremains in monument base), but also have remains buried elsewhere, listed clockwise from 11:00: Commander Michael J. Smith, Pilot (buried in Section 7-A) Commander Francis R. "Dick" Scobee (buried in Section 46 to the left of the Challenger Monument) Ronald E. McNair, Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka, Mission Specialist S. Christa McAuliffe, Payload Specialist (and teacher) Gregory B. Jarvis, Payload Specialist Judith A. Resnik, Mission Specialist

40: Interesting facts about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Sentinels of the Third United States Infantry Regiment "Old Guard" Q: How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why? A: 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary. A: His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle. Q: Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time, and if not, why not?

41: A: No, he carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder. Q: How often are the guards changed? A: Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Q: What are the physical traits of the guard limited to? A: For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30". Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. They cannot swear in public FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After TWO YEARS, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin. The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. The first SIX MONTHS of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends FIVE HOURS A DAY getting his uniforms ready for guard duty. Carved on the East side (the front of the Tomb, which faces Washington, D.C.) is a composite of three figures, commemorative of the spirit of the Allies of World War I. In the center of the panel stands Victory (female). On the right side, a male figure symbolizes Valor.On the left side stands Peace, with her palm branch to reward the devotion and sacrifice that went with courage to make the cause of righteousness triumphant. The north and south sides are divided into three panels by Doric pilasters. In each panel is an inverted wreath. On the west, or rear, panel (facing the Amphitheater) is inscribed: HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD

42: Alexandria, Virginia | The George Washington Masonic Memorial was built in the 1920s by the more than two million American Freemasons was right down the street from our hotel. One morning Melanie and I walked downtown to see if we could find the Brighton store. Melanie is enjoying collecting the bracelets and charms.

43: We ate at IHOP, Dunki' Donuts, Joe Theismann's place, and Pentagon City Mall.

44: The Capitol Tour arranged by Texas's Hensarling's office. Our aide was very well informed.

46: The National Statuary Hall Collection in the United States Capitol is comprised of statues donated by individual states to honor persons notable in their history. The entire collection now consists of 100 statues contributed by 50 states. All 50 states have contributed two statues each.

47: In Statuary Hall, which used to be the old House chamber, a small disk on the floor marks the spot where John Quincy Adams was fatally stricken after more than 50 years of service to his country. A whisper from one side of this room can be heard across the vast space of the hall.

48: Above is "the best view of the Statue of Freedom", originally named "Freedom Triumphant in War and Peace". The statue depicts a female figure holding a sheathed sword in her right hand and a laurel wreath and shield in her left hand In the underground tunnel we saw Speaker of the House, John Boehner, and his entourage. The tunnel was lined with student art.

49: Bureau of Printing and Engraving was our next tour. We would make it back to the condo in time to watch the All Star game. It would have been difficult to get much more packed into this day!

50: How funny to measure your height in money! I am $1,537,800 tall!

52: July 13 we enjoyed the National Cathedral.

62: The View From the Top

63: National | Zoo

65: Kennedy Center July 13,2011

70: The view from the patio includes the "Missing Man" monument, the National Cathedral, and the Watergate Hotel.

71: George Washington's Mount Vernon

72: It was an awesome vacation. I don't think we could have done much more in the time. We drove back to Fuquay Varina where we had pimento cheese and orange drink at the drugstore. The Campbell's packed up and were on the plane home to Dallas by 7 p.m.! The End

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