Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Few Random DC Photos

Visiting Washington DC was so much fun. To be in a place rich in history is beyond amazing. Everywhere you go there is something to marvel over. :)

The Library of Congress is probably the most ornate library I've been in. I wish I'd had more time to wander around. But my sister and I had lunch reservations at a very upscale restaurant. :)

 I saw this on the wall and had to capture a photo. To often in life people don't realize that their actions really do speak louder than their words.
 The archives was one of my favorite stops. To stand in front of the Declaration of Independence created an emotion I cannot describe.
 Walking around DC my sister and I stumbled on a Navy ceremony.

                                                        Even in DC . . . .
                                  "There's no place like home"
 Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat at the Museum of American History
           Outside the Smithsonian's Museum of American History

There were 5 rows of gates in between us and the White House, plus the snipers on the roof!

Mount Vernon

I didn't really know what to expect at Mt. Vernon. However I know I did not expect the size of the place. There were so many buildings for Washington's employee's to work and live in the place resembled a small colonial town. The house inside was beautiful. And they had some of the original furnishings and possessions from the Washington family.

 After seeing the view, I can understand why George Washington loved this place

 Beth was unimpressed with the plantation. She did enjoy playing in the mud puddles :)
 I just had to show this view again . . . this time from George Washington's back porch

Monday, March 19, 2012

DC Memorials

The Capitol Mall is lined with Smithsonian museums and Memorials. On of my favorite to see was the WWII memorial. I knew there was a memorial, but I'd never seen any pictures. So it was fun to go somewhere and capture pictures without having to think how can I see this differently than everyone else. It was also fun to be there and see the Honor Flight veterans and thier sponsors. To see WWII veterans enjoying a memorial to what they did for this country was very cool.

        My neice Beth was mad we wouldn't let her play in the water

 I was so excited to see the Lincoln Memorial. However it was so crowded it was hard to really enjoy it. I will say this though . . . I wonder what Abraham Lincoln would have thought about this building erected in his honor?

 Even thought I've seen multitudes of pictures and video of the Vietnam Memorial, it still wasn't what I expected. Even with the massive crowds it's hard to get past the walls and walls of names.

Arlington National Cemetary & The Tomb of the Unknow Soldier

To visit someplace with so much history can be overwhelming. It's sad to see how many men and women have died for the freedom we all enjoy. But at the same time, it can bring a sense of pride that we live in a country where people are willing to lay down their lives for the safety of others.

I was fortunate enough to see a wreath laying ceremony instead of the regular changing of the guard. Every branch of the military was represented. And watching everything done with military precision was truly a sight to behold.

I found the discoloration on the sidewalk facinating. When the relief guard came I realized the discoloration is because that path has been walked several times a day for years . . . the exact same path. You can even tell where they stop and turn.

I find this tradition very cool. I wish I knew the history behind the placing of rocks on Jewish graves. :)