Up at 6.30am to finish packing then down to breakfast for good ol' cereal and toast with real jam and decent tea- such a treat. None of that rubbish from camp. After bringing down our bags, we met the rest of our group and our tour leader:
Tafline - our fearless leader in her third season as a leader and knows her stuff.
Francesca (Cess) - a fashion student from Scotland who had just finished at Frenchwoods camp in New York doing the costumes for shows that the performing arts camp put on.
Hayley - from Jersey/Manchester and also just finished at Frenchwoods but was in the circus teching and performing gymnastics and circus skills.
Claire and Jen - Cess' housemates, also from Scotland and also fashion students. Claire is very practical and Jen is the most misunderstood child in the whole of the US! They're continuing to travel to Mexico and Hawaii after the trek.
Becky - Social worker just graduated from Huddersfield Uni and completed a trek before ours and is continuing around the world for another 7 months after.
Ryan - the only guy in the group and Kim - who both gave up their jobs to come here (seperately) and are planning to have a wild time before going back to reality
And of course Jazz and me.
We arrived at Cherryhill campsite at around 4pm after a 7 hour drive and a bit of a "getting-to-know-you" session in the van. The site was beautiful with loads of space, a pool, cafe, hot tub and laundrey service.
Tafline cooked tonight so, after we had set up the tents, we left her to it and went to the pool. It was so cold so we moved to the hot tub where we met Lil Dan and there was yet another goodbye. It felt good to relax and the shower afterwards was powerful and had a steady heat with no fluctuation for a change.
We left for Washington DC at 6.30pm after a dinner of Ravioli. First stop was the Capitol building which is where the congress and senate meet. It was grand and the way it was lit made it look like someones home.
From there, we also saw Washingtons monument which was a giant needle surrounded by a shop-load of American flags at the bottom. From there we had our Forrest Gump moment by the reflective pool. Although noone could remember his speech, only the Martin Luther King 'I have a dream..'
We then drove to Lincolns' memorial. It looked like a Roman temple with its massive columns. Inside there was a huge statue of Lincoln in a chair with his declaration to end slavery engraved on the walls around him.
Next was Thoma Jefferson memorial, this also had engravings on the walls. Lastly we went to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial. Considering he only wanted a commemorative plaque on a wall somewhere, this was pretty impressive. It was an outside art gallery that told the story of his 4 terms in office (1937 -1945) - the only president to do so mainly due to WW2 breaking out. It travelled from the poverty of America and WW2 to how he changed America with employment. There were quotes on most of the brick walls, statues and waterfalls around each corner.
We got back to out tents at around 10.50 and it was so cold that we all went straight to our tents and snuggled in our warm sleeping bags.