Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Washington, DC (Part 3)

After out sweet treat from Sticky Fingers Bakery, we drove around aimlessly trying to figure out what to do next. We ended up going on a spur-of-the-moment visit to Arlington National Cemetery. If you're ever feeling unpatriotic, making a visit to this sacred cemetery will remind you of how fortunate we are to live here. There are beautiful white headstones as far as the eye can see. It's a very somber feeling to see so many men and women who sacrificed so much for all of us.
 
We got to the cemetery at around 4:30 in the afternoon. We walked through only a small portion of it before we turned around and went back to the van. I only wish we had gotten there sooner to take the official tour of the entire cemetery. It is most definitely on my to-do list for our next visit.
 
Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

After leaving the cemetery, we stopped at Subway for a quick bite to eat. Then we found a parking space near the National Academy of Sciences where they had the Albert Einstein Memorial. Bridget loves learning about science and even though we have not yet discussed Albert Einstein, I had to get a picture of all of us at the memorial.

Albert Einstein Memorial
 
From there, we walked to the Lincoln Memorial. The sun was just beginning to set and we had a very pretty view of the Washington Monument and the Reflecting Pool. The kids were having a good time and Bridget loved posing for pictures.
 
Bridget and George, Washington Monument
Liam and Daddy, Washington Monument
 
I don't often want my picture taken, but Bridget was being very sweet and the backdrop was lovely so I figured, 'what the heck'. I'm glad it turned out alright. It's solid proof that I was there too.
 
Mommy and Bridget, Washington Monument

After some outside pictures, the kids, Daddy, and the grandparents took the elevator to get an up-close view of Abraham Lincoln. I opted for the stairs.

Bridget thought the statue was very big and very cool. She was pleased to have her picture taken with it. She informed me later that the Lincoln Memorial was one of her favorite parts of our trip.
 


Bridget and President Lincoln.
 
After leaving the Lincoln Memorial, we walked through the Vietnam Memorial. By this time, it was already getting dark. We made it back to the van and took the long way back to the hotel. At one point, we were at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW just before the blocked off portion to get to the White House and were stopped by a bunch of police officers (not just us, but all of the traffic was stopped). Then, after a few minutes, a black vehicle being escorted by police and special unmarked vehicles (probably secret service) zipped passed security and into the White House. We're pretty sure it was the President just because of all of the security with him and the fact the driver was so quick and stealth-like. They were probably coming back from dinner or a night out. We'll go with that. I really have no way of knowing, but it was still pretty cool.
 
By the time we got back to the hotel, it was time for showers and bed. It was our last night in DC and the next day we would be making a special trip to Maryland and then down to Virginia and home again. Stay tuned for the last part of our family vacation!

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