Steve took the kids to Utah for about a week and half during their last track out so that meant I was a free woman with no responsiblities. During this time, I decided to go spend this time in Washington D.C. I have been there a few times with my parents but have never really spent any time in the city. A good friend from college let me stay at her place while I was visiting. My plan was to hit up as many sites in the D.C. area that I have always wanted to go and visit. The longer I was in the city the more I realized you could never see everything. A few of my highlights were: tour of the White House, tour of the Capitol, Ford's Theater, seeing all the monuments on the mall, riding the metro, hanging out with friends from NC, seeing friends from my college years (doesn't that make me sound old), saw the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in the US, saw the flag that inspiried Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner during the War of 1812, Portrait Gallery Museum, Holocaust Museum, etc. It was a wonderful trip. Here are a few pictures for your enjoyment!
View of the Washington Monument from top of the Old Post Office Tower
This is the booth that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in.
One of the rooms in the Library of Congress! It is a beautiful building! (There are actually about 8 libraries of Congress)
Pie from Kramer Books at DuPont Circle
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Arlington Cemetary was probably one of my favorite places I visited. This is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Here are my NC friends that I got see while in D.C. - Jaclyn and Dan
No pictures allowed inside the White House so I just got the classic one from outside. I felt like I was in a museum when I was going through it.
I took this picture just to prove that I was actually in D.C. This fountain is in the Sculpture Garden.
I also had a chance to to go visit a college roommate up in Baltimore and she and her cute son spent a day with me at Gettysburg. This is a picture from the top of Culp's Hill looking over the cemetary.
Within the battlefield, there are over 1,300 monuments built and dedicated to the men that served and died during that three day battle. Here is the one for the men from North Carolina.
This is Fort McHenry with Tara and her son.
It was a wonderful trip!!