Dear Mother & Daddy,
"We're still trying to dig our way out of the ironing and the kids' souvenirs but we haven't worked very hard at it. We've been swimming twice and have just played the week away and dreading for next week to come when we have to start watching the clock again.
We did our first real sightseeing in Washington, D.C. and saw all the usual monuments and the capitol. We went through the White House with about 1000 other people. The guards walk you through certain parts & you aren't allowed to stop walking so you have to look fast. Bob wanted to see Congress at work but when we got to the gallery door the guards wouldn't let us in without a pass. There had been an attempted assassination of the Cuban Air Force officer, Diaz, the day before. Maybe it didn't get into your paper. The guard told us to go to Senator Dirksen's office & get a pass & told us just how to get there on the capitol subway but we decided it would take too long. Of all of Washington, I think the Iwo Jima monument in Arlington Cemetery is the most impressive. You remember the picture of the marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima? We saw it at dusk and I don't think I'll every forget seeing it.
We went into the Smithsonian Institute but the kids weren't impressed. They have seen too many museums, I guess.
I think a lot of our tax money is going for buildings because everywhere we turned there were buildings going up.
Philadelphia was disappointing and we had an awful time finding Independence Hall. The streets were not well marked and were dirty. When the kids saw the Liberty Bell they were ready to leave.
All of us enjoyed New York but the thing the kids liked most (and the best thing that happened the whole trip to them) was feeding the pigeons in the park. The kids would hold out their hands & the birds eat out of their hands or sit on their hands & eat out of a sack.
We went out to the Statue of Liberty, went to the top of the Empire State Building & took a boat trip around Manhattan Island.
We spent a little time at the United Nations building & did a little shopping. That is, the kids did. We found a Japanese store where I bought some paper napkins & two little scrolls. There were too many interesting things to see & do.
While we were camped at the beach we took a day & went to New Haven, East Berlin, New Britain & Hartford. New Britain is a nice town but I don't think I'd ever want to live in New Haven again. It was nice seeing Aggie again but we didn't have half enough time to visit.
Niagara Falls is still a wonderful sight to see. The kids loved it but Canada was just more of our country to look at--just like our own Midwest. You hear about things being cheap in Canada but we didn't find any bargains. Perhaps we weren't in the right parts. Souvenir shops are full of junk just like every place.
|Bonnie, Ann & Bob at the Falls|
late & stayed in a motel that night.
Pretzel looked at us a minute when we went after him & then he started dancing up & down. He was so happy but had been a good boy while we were gone.
It's almost dark & I planned to pull some weeds so I'd better get going. Hope you both are fine."
Lots of love,