Washington, DC: The monuments
Hey, it’s part four of the Washington, DC mega-post. Go back and relive the excitement and nonstop thrill ride of Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 with those links. Today is all about the National Mall and the monuments (as Byron loves to tell people, “no, it isn’t the kind of mall that you think!”).
The big fly in the monument ointment these days is that the amazing vista view from one end of the mall to the other is kind of marred by the scaffolding necessary to repair the damage to the Washington Monument caused by the 2011 earthquake. It was disappointing, but a relatively minor annoyance when compared with the possibility that we faced of the recent government shutdown closing down most of the monuments, or, worse, running the risk of seeing Sarah Palin there. In the end it was all good by the time we got there, and we enjoyed the beautiful weather, did a lot of walking, and saw some truly amazing and inspiring views.
(Time for my standard photo disclaimer. I left my real camera at home for the sake of convenience. The resulting shots were all taken on an iphone, so, if you hate them blame the equipment, not the photographer. Also, you should probably re-evaluate your priorities if that kind of stuff bothers you.)
THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
THE WHITE HOUSE AND GW
WORLD WAR II and KOREAN WAR MEMORIALS
Again, there was a lot that we wanted to see that we just didn’t have time for on this trip. With another day or two I would have most definitely included the National Archives (the last thing that we cut off the list), a walk up Embassy Row, the Library of Congress, the Hirshorn and the numerous other wonderful museums and galleries in the area. We briefly considered the Holocaust Museum, but I think my boys are still a bit too young for that visit. I was fully grown when I visited and I barely was able to make it through. Standing in the rail car and the pile of shoes still haunt me to this day. Definitely in the future though. It is something that everyone needs to experience.
That leaves only the wonderful dining of Washington, DC left for tomorrow. I definitely saved the best for last.