Traveling Solo (July 10)

by Debbie Norrell, For New Pittsburgh Courier

Traveling is fun when you have time and money. The hard part is finding someone to travel with who enjoys the same things that you enjoy. When I go on a trip I like to shop, visit historical and cultural places, see plays and eat out. I also like a nice place to stay and the nicer the better. I have heard many people say that their accommodations doesn’t matter to them because they spend so little time in the room. I beg to differ on that one. I like a nice room and a nice hotel. A beautiful room makes the trip so much sweeter.

Now that I have more free time my goal is to see some places that are on my travel list or just do some things that I have not done. It really doesn’t have to be far away.

Recently I went on a bus trip with the Alpha Wives, I selected the single option. The recent trip was a bus trip to Washington, D.C. Our primary stop was the National Museum of African American History and Culture. I had not been there since it opened and I was excited to check it out. We stopped at the Martin Luther King Memorial before our trip to the museum. I had seen it before but it was still a nice stop.

I always fail to remember that late June is family reunion time, kids are out of school and there is a big world taking vacations. I was hoping that the museum wouldn’t be too crowded and truth be told, people on my trip who had been to the museum before said it was not that crowded. We got to the museum earlier than planned and we were able to get in. Lucky for us because we beat the long line for the soul food cafeteria. I thought the menu was great but the food was not as hot as it should have been. I then made my way to see the museum. I ended up in a long line for the Emmett Till exhibit. It was rather anticlimactic as were many things in the building. If you read or study Black history there is nothing that is a big surprise. I hope to go back on an off-day when it is not so crowded. Wish me luck.

The next day we stopped by the historical Alfred Street Baptist Church and then on to our lunch cruise on the Spirit of Washington. That was one of the high points of our trip. The buffet lunch was wonderful and the deejay that was on the boat was “fire.” Their cruise ships are more sophisticated than ours. They look like yachts instead of our paddle boats. We had a ball. On the way home we stopped at an outlet in Maryland for a little retail therapy and walk off some of our lunch. The bus driver was knowledgeable and she was a great driver. I’m on the lookout for more short trips with great groups of people. Nice job, Alpha Wives.

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