13 May 2010

More (Belated) DC Photos

I meant to go back and post pics from our Saturday trekking around to see the monuments, but I'm kind of a bad blogger these days, apparently. Anyway, we had a nice day to do it, albeit a bit on the warm side. We started out hanging with the Obamas.

White House 01

For some reason, David didn't like it when I tried to nibble on his neck.

White House 02

By then the Secret Service people were looking at us funny, so we went around and over to visit the National Phallic Symbol.


I'm not entirely certain why David decided to bring his rain jacket along, but it stayed tied to his waist all day. With temps up around 90F and strong sunlight filtered through hazy humidity all day, there was no way a rubberized black nylon shell was going to be a needed item. Anyway, by the time we got to the Washington Monument, they'd already handed out the last of their available tickets for the day, so we didn't get to go inside and kept on trekking around the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial.

Declaration of Independence

Honestly, I think that every single teabagger and every single Republican politician who blathers on about what they think the Founding Fathers wanted for this country needs to be dragged to these monuments and made to actually read what they actually said they wanted, especially this one.

On Change

After we left there, we walked the rest of the way around the Tidal Basin, where we saw a cricket game


what I'm pretty sure had to have been the last of the cherry blossoms (look at the little green cherries!)

Last Cherry Blossom

and the FDR Memorial (which I also think the teabaggers need to go see)


Then we got to the Korean War Memorial, which David particularly wanted to visit, since his dad is a veteran of that war. All the people in red & blue shirts in the background were part of a huge group of veterans who were there for some sort of rally.

Korean War Memorial

Then it was on to my favorite of all, the Lincoln Memorial. I only learned as our plane was landing that David had never visited it before. Built to look like an ancient Greek Temple, to me it is the one monument in DC that best captures the sense of Sacred Space.

The Great Emancipator

Also, by that point in the day, I really appreciated being able to slip of my sandals and feel the cool marble under my feet.

Then we visited the Vietnam Memorial, followed by the World War II Memorial, by which point our energies were seriously flagging. At the WWII Memorial, too, I had to contend with the Umbrella Lady, who was oblivious to my photo-taking attempts and just would not get out of the way. So finally, I just said to hell with it and let her be the subject as she was holding court.

Umbrella Lady

I must say, though, that I was quite impressed at the coordination of her outfit.


Tam said...

Wow, she's got palm trees on her pants. :-) Those pics remind me of my trip with my daughter last summer. We didn't get that close to the Whitehouse though, nor did I try to nibble on her neck.

We did walk ALL the way down to Lincoln, then ALL the way back to the capital (stopping the Air and Space Museum for a break and to stave off heat stroke) then back to a subway stop. I've never sweat so much in my life but it was late July. Looks like you had great weather.

Yarndude said...

You know, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen a picture of you on your blog! It looks like you visited quite a few spots in DC - that's impressive!

Jim said...

Thanks for the tour of DC.

Chris said...

The problem being that I'm not sure the people who NEED to read those things could make sense of it... and if they did, they'd manage to twist things around.


Cynical much, Chris?

anne marie in philly said...

I second chris! those people can't seem to speak a coherent english sentence (you betcha!).

the roosevelt and WWII memorials have been added in the past 10 years (read: ever since I left town).

that's J-O-S-H said...

Presidentz are old and don't record pop muzak. Snore!

But those pix are cute!

Fredda said...

You guys look s-o-o-o happy!

Carole Knits said...

Great photos of DC - you hit all the hot spots! I love the FDR memorial but, like you, I love the Lincoln Memorial. I cry every time I visit it, it's just so moving.

Alwen said...

I haven't been there since I went with a Close-Up group as a teenager, but I do remember how tired my feet were at the end of the day.

tornwordo said...

I've only been once, but I remember only liking the smithsonian. Everything else was crowded and hot. It was July though and I was a teenager. I like the lady's outfit too.

Luuworld said...

thanks for sharing! you should do more picture posts! oh, and i love the last picture with the umbrella lady. it looks like a cool artsy photograph. love it!

tracy said...

Hee..."nibble"... i love all of you pictures and so agree about you comments of the "Founding Fathers"...and you got a picture of "Fala" too! Yay! (Well, his statue, anyhow.) i loved your trip :)

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Glad you had a good visit to our fair city :-) You had a taste of our (typically) hellish weather too!