The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Friday, July 1, 2016

Bucket List

We have a bucket list of things we want to see in DC.  The Bureau of Printing and Engraving has been on that list for nearly two years.  There is a catch to going there.  You have to show up and wait in line before 8 in the morning to get tickets and they are out of tickets usually by 9 or sooner.  We decided today was the day.

We arrived at 7:50 and this was the line.

Two little guys were to tired to stand in line.
We got our tickets for 1:45.  We headed back to the Barlow.  They had a speaker in for class today that we wanted to hear.  His name is Micka Tillaman.  He was a speech writer for Hillary Clinton.  He is also LDS.  His briefing with the students was really interesting and gets you thinking.

Before the briefing was over a guy from Stone security was in to install another camera so we get a better view of the parking in the alley.  Elder Anthony left the briefing to get him started working.  We left him to get back to the Bureau of Printing and Engraving.  We spent a lot of time on buses today for sure.  The bad part is that to get to our destination we had to transfer.  In the transfer processes we met two guys riding motorcycles to all four corners of the US and doing it in 30 days.  It was fun to talk to them.  There bikes were in for repairs and they were on the bus to see some of the sites.  We were in more of a tourist area and it is always fun to hear someone call out, "hi missionaries."

Elder Anthony was given a two dollar bill by his dad that he carries in his wallet just in case there is an emergency.  Because it is a little hard to replace he never spends it but it is tucked away.  His Dad also carried one in his wallet.  

The tour consists of you walking by and look down in an enclosed area where they are working.  You can't take pictures so I got this off the internet but we saw this machine getting stacks of money.  

A fun measuring thing in the store to see how much much money you are tall. 

This is what 1 million dollars looks like in 10 dollar bills.  


This is a folding machine to see how many times you can fold up a bill.
I thought this was the cutest light post.  They are outside the Bureau of Agriculture building in DC.  Pres. Benson would have work here. 

These buildings are all decked out for the 4th of July.  

In Georgetown I love the streets lined with these flower baskets.  I have no idea who takes care for them or how water gets to them but they are so beautiful and full.  They line both sides of the street.

On the way home on the bus we decided to go get some shrimp for our dinner tonight from Safeway.  We were on a bus that was stuffed like a can of was so full and Elder Anthony gets a phone call from Stone security needing a new monitor if the second floor is going to get access to the cameras.  He had to get a hold of Lance in Public Affairs and get the okay to go to Best Buy and get a new monitor for them.  We just passed by Safeway and headed up to the store.  We purchased the monitor and Elder Anthony headed for the Barlow to get it to the security guy in time and I stopped at Safeway.  Good thing they are on the same street accessed by the same bus. I was starved by the time we met up at home but the shrimp were delicious.


  1. I still have the list on my phone of all the places on our bucket list before we left Israel. We made all but about 3 of them. Even if we went back I'm not sure how high priority they would be for us. Glad you got to go to the mint. It's a favorite place for us.