Day 1 Update - June 8, 2016

posted Jun 8, 2016, 6:52 PM by Ralph Gallo   [ updated Jun 8, 2016, 6:59 PM ]
Today was a great (yet exhausting) first day of our trip!  We had a smooth, rain-free, ride down to D.C. and beautiful weather all day.

We toured the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and the MLK Memorial (where we got to see the President's helicopter, Marine 1, fly right over us!)

After that, we took a short ride to Arlington National Cemetery to see several historic sites, including the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the eternal flame at JFK's grave.  Then we were off to the Air Force and Battle of Iwo Jima Memorials before heading off to an Italian buffet dinner at Kora in Crystal City.

After dinner, we made a quick pit stop at Dairy Queen for desert before checking into the hotel.

The kids are all settled in and should sleep very well (Ms. Creange recorded over 18,000 steps on her Fitbit!)

You can view all of my photos from today's action online at

Have a good night.  Another update to follow tomorrow...

-Mr. Gallo