Our friend Mary Beth set us up with a tour of the Pentagon on our 3rd morning in DC. Robby Sudder is an army officer and gave us a 2 hour tour. Just getting past the security was impressive--but we were also impressed at how the place is a city in itself with grocery store, drug store, restaurants, flower shop, barbers, book stores, etc. I guess the people who work there spend so much time there that they need to not have to go into the real world for goods and services.
From there, we took the metro to the Old Post Office Building and ate lunch at the food court there--nearly every kind of ethnic food you can imagine. We went up in the clock tower for a great view of DC. Then on to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum where we saw the original Wright brothers' 1903 flyer, Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Luis," and the Apollo 11 Command Module.
We met Mary Beth for supper at a restaurant called "Ted's Bulletin"--another well-known DC eatery.
We finished the evening with the Friday night parade at the Old Marine Barracks. You can see a video of the silent drill team here