May 20, 2016
Washington DC with the Darps 2016
Sunshine, Friends, and Rain in Washington DC
We started by heading out on Friday, because it was supposed to pour on Saturday. Luckily we were able to get out of work just in time to get to Washington DC in the AM on such a spectacular day! Easy traffic, easy weather, easy parking. We could not have asked for a better day to explore. I believe we ended up seeing just about every memorial and monument that there is to see in Washington. We walked from the White House, to the Washington Monument, to the WWII Memorial, then over to the reflecting pool, stayed on course to the Lincoln Memorial, hung a left then to the Korean War Memorial, Martin Luther King Memorial, FDR Memorial, and lastly to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to where we ventured back to the car.
What a day! I won’t bore you with all the details, but there is incredible the emotional power at these places. Every time we stopped, I felt so honored to be able to be in this country. Nothing but pure awe and amazement for every single piece of this city. One little thing that happened, that was a bit wild, was that as we were walking back, there was a man with a gun that caused the whole town to go on lock down as soon as we left. We counted our graces, because this man was only a few blocks away from where we were at the time. Pretty wild…
Detour in Frederick, MD then Museums!
After that, we hung out with some of the most fun people I know for a Hot Air Balloon Festival! It was so cool to see these balloons up close and how massive they really are in person. This was a lot of fun and so good to see some special faces!
The next day, rained all day, non-stop. That didn’t get us down though, we ended up touring the museums and hung out with some friends inside where it was warm and toasty. We first stopped for some coffee at a quaint Starbucks, then toured the National Archives. There is so much history to be learned just from going there. Not only that but, these documents that started our nation where just fantastic to see in person! After that, we toured the American History Museum. Pretty cool place, a bit overwhelming because there is just so much to do there with three huge floors and so many pieces to look and learn about. Afterwards, we had dinner with some great friends that, in turn, became even better friends.
All in all, this was a fantastic trip and so glad that we had the opportunity to learn so much and have so much fun! I highly suggest, if in the area, to take a day or two and learn about why this country stands alone, as a pioneer in history.