In mid July we decided to take our second trip in our Rallye Girl. Living with a Marine had taught me a lot about the Marine Corps and I was excited at the notion of visiting Quantico Marine Corps Base and the National Marine Corps Museum. Joseph was equally excited to show me the base and the PX and he had never been to the museum either. We looked around online to find a campground in the area and decided on Aquia Pines. We drove up there on Saturday, after my first week of the summer semester was over. By the time we got to the museum it was already 3:30 and they closed at 5pm, but since it is a free museum, we went in anyway.
This museum is truly an amazing experience. They have really done a good job of activating all your senses. There were placques to read, videos to watch, and music to listen to. In some rooms the floor would vibrate to simulate riding on troop ships, at the beginning of the tour you could stand in a booth where the voice of a Drill Sargeant was yelling at you from all directions. It confirmed for me something I already knew...I would have never made it in the Marine Corps! I would have lasted about five minutes with people yelling at me and then I would have been a puddle on the floor. In one room meant to simulate a battle where Marines were freezing cold during the Korean War the room was kept very cold.
The first day we only got as far as WWI before we ran out of time. When we left the museum, we moseyed on over to the base and I got to shop for the first time in a PX. We bought Marine Corps license plate frames for my car and the rig and I also found my favorite perfume for $36 which is much less than the $50 I would have paid at a regular store. I had been holding out on replacing my almost empty bottle for several months in anticipation of this trip and I was excited to have perfume again, especially at such a nice price! After the PX, Joseph drove me around the base to show me base housing and such and then we headed into to town for dinner and then back to our campsite. The campground was decent, although not as nice as some we had seen and although they advertised free WiFi, we were sorely disappointed in the service as we could only log on for 3 or 4 minutes at a time, and not at the same time!
The next day we woke up, showered, lazed around a bit and then headed back to the museum. We spent about 4 more hours and made it as far as the Korean War in the history of the Corps before I was on overload and had to leave. We still have to go back to do the sections from the Korean War to the present, but it was a lot to absorb and I just couldn't take anymore that day. We had a late lunch/early dinner at the replica Tun Tavern (the original is where the Marine Corps was founded in Philadelphia!) in the museum and then once again headed back to our campsite. We were actually scheduled to stay another night in the campground and we did hang out until about 10pm, but we were so annoyed with the WiFi situation and worried about getting to school the next day, that we decided to head on home so we'd have or normal commute on Monday morning.