Approaching Alexandria, Virginia, we found various numbers for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge vertical clearance. We looked for the correct information and finally, by talking to Coast Guard on the VHF radio, we verified we are fine passing under the bridge. At the time when we passed under the bridge, I saw the vertical clearance number showing ’76 feet’ on the pile. From here, we saw many airplanes and helicopters flying real close above us.
After passing the Ronald Reagan Washington DC Airport, we went to Washington Channel and called ‘DC Harbor’ on the VHF. There was plenty of space at the anchorage. After providing the information to the DC Harbor patrol, we took the dinghy to the Capital Yacht Club (CYC) and paid for a transient membership. (US$16/night from Check-in to Check-out Date) CYC facility was excellent. We enjoyed the interaction and conversation with the CYC members. One day, a CYC member gave us a ride to Annapolis Sailboat Show and we spent whole day at the show.
There are many places to visit in DC. Most of them are free. We stayed in DC almost three weeks but we didn’t see all the places we planned to see. Among all, my favorites are the Library of Congress and ‘Newseum’ (Entrance Fee: US$21.95+tax). The Newseum promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of RELIGION, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of SPEECH, or of the PRESS; or the right of the people peaceably to ASSEMBLE, and to PETITION the Government for a redress of grievances. (The FIRST AMENDMENT to the Constitution of the United States.)” John’s favorite places were both Smithsonian Air & Space Museums: one in National Mall and the other bigger one, “Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center” near Dulles Washington DC Airport. In ‘Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center’, we saw an Air France Concorde, the actual Space Shuttle Discovery, and a model of the Mars Pathfinder Lander inside the hanger.
We rode our bikes everywhere in DC. Bike riding was much better in DC than in NYC. The public transportation in DC is very convenient. I also saw many people using the Capital Bikeshare company’s rental bike. They are all over. I didn’t check the price of Bikeshare. The best thing of BikeShare is not having to worry about bike thieves.