Sunday, December 6, 2015

Washington DC: The Monuments (Part 2 of 3)

That Washington Monument is hard to escape.

We spent our second day in Washington, DC walking around the Mall touring the Memorials. On the walk from our hotel to the Mall we cut across a park only to find our path blocked by a building surrounded by a big black fence. 

Me: "I wonder what that building is. I guess we'll have to go around."
Nick: "Mom, that's the White House."
Me: "No it's not... Holy crap! That is the White House!"

I'm sure Secret Service thinks I'm an idiot.

This is were my lack of planning let me down. I did not know that you could get tickets to take a tour inside the monument. You can pay for tickets in advance or go the day of and get tickets free on a first-come-first-served basis. But by the time we got there (at the late hour of 9 am) the tickets were all gone for the day.

The Washington Monument...again. What inside? I do not know.
We walked from the Washington Monument to the World War II Memorial...

World War II Memorial star.
...On to the Lincoln Memorial.

"...(A)nd my very favorite, the Lincoln Memorial. It's this crazy statue of this giant monster sitting on a chair that represents all of America's enemies." -Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation

The Vietnam War Memorial:

The Vietnam Memorial. I looked but didn't find my dad's name. That's good because that might mean he's a zombie.

The Korean War Memorial:

Reflection of the Korean War soldiers.

The Martin Luther King Memorial:

Around the Tidal Basin to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial:

And around to Jefferson Memorial:

George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief during the American Revolution and the country's first president. Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery. Thomas Jefferson. What did that guy even do anyways? Oh yeah, he wrote the Declaration of Independence. Good job, Thomas.

After lunch and another round of the Natural History Museum we took a quick tour of the Sculpture Garden.

By this point the sun we setting low in the sky and the building would only be open for another half hour and we still wanted to see the National Gallery and the Capital Building. 

In the end, we didn't actually go into the Capital Building. It was just a little too far away and it would have been closed by the time we got there. I calculate that we walked over 10 1/2 miles that day. Good job, Nick and Mina!

On our final morning we found a coffee shop and had pastries then toured the residential streets behind our hotel just to see how Washingtonians live.

We were less than impressed. Just kidding!

Before we knew it it was time to head to the airport for our flight back to Albuquerque, with a brief layover in Chicago, or so we thought....

That is until we got on our plane and found out:

We won* an all-expenses-included** vacation*** to Chicago!!!

*By "won" I mean that we were forced against our will when Midway International Airport canceled all flights out of Chicago.
**By "all-expenses-included" I mean that we had to pay for all our expenses.
***By "vacation" I mean an unanticipated and highly stressful sojourn in which we had to take additional time away from work and school to be stranded in a city far away from our home and luggage.

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