TRAVELS: Washington, D.C.
Downtown Alexandria, VA
Jacob and I tried to go to the National Inventors Hall of Fame on our first day in D.C., but they were closed due to it being Columbus Day. I guess that’s how it goes sometimes.
Fort Hunt Park (Fort Hunt, VA)
The people we stayed with had told us about this park that had remains of an old fort from the Civil War. During World War II, it was used as a secret military intelligence facility - named P.O. Box 1142 during the time - to hold high-profile prisoners of war for interrogations. It’s now a picnic park.
World War II Monument (Washington, D.C.)
On our second day we walked ten miles as we tried to visit all the monuments in one day. This was our first stop - because the Washington Monument was closed - after we hopped off the metro.
Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool (Washington, D.C.)
It is what it is until you see it all in person. What they don’t mention is the Lincoln Memorial - right behind me in this picture - is over two miles away from the U.S. Capitol on the opposite side of the National Mall.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (Washington, D.C.)
It’s now 10:45 in the morning, and we’ve already visited the following: World War II Memorial, Constitution Gardens, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Reflecting Pool, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, West Potomac Park and now this. We were already starting to lose steam, and it wasn’t even lunch yet. We ate a quick snack by the reflecting pool and had to take another break with MLK.
Tidal Basin (Washington, D.C.)
This photo of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial was taken from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The entire walk around the Tidal Basin was beautiful. What’s not pictured though: French tourists taking selfies that didn’t care they were getting in the way of my shot, which is why it’s the only photo shot portrait instead of landscape.
Washington Monument from the Thomas Jefferson Monument (Washington, D.C.)
Peace Monument (Washington, D.C.)
We’ve now walked all the way from I had no idea this was called the peace monument at the time, but it’s only fitting that I felt quite peaceful while looking at it.
View from U.S. Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
View from King St Metro Station (Alexandria, VA)
Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA)
We started here on a second day. Our morning trip to Arlington consisted of seeing JFK’s burial site and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I believe the latter was on of Jacob’s favorite moments.
Ford's Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
This was one of my favorite stops on the trip because it was a little off the beaten path and reminded me of my current home in Kentucky.
Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)
Before we went in to the LOC, we had to get our membership card so we could get in to the reading room.
Library of Congress Main Reading Room (Washington, D.C.)
By far one of the greatest experiences of the trip was walking around the main reading room. One of the people in our group got lost reading books related to her Ph.D dissertation. For me, it was the genealogical records from Georgia.
King St - Old Town Metro Station (Alexandria, VA)
And of course, no trip is complete without someone to experience it all with. Thank you for setting this all up and bringing me along.