It's time to wrap up the remaining Washington DC posts! I'm combining the last two days together so this will be the last post on my DC trip. It's been fun to look through these photos and reminisce!
Jess and I decided to spend our Sunday visiting Mount Vernon and Arlington Cemetery. It was a pretty dreary day outside, which was a big change from the heat we'd been experiencing the days before. We started out at Mount Vernon which is the estate on which George Washington lived and died.
George Washington just might be my favorite founding father. I think that most men would've let the power go to their head, but he always kept complete power at bay and because of that we don't have a monarchy currently ruling America. Thank you, Mr. Washington!
|And you thought you were done with blossom photos...NOPE!|
|Also, it looks cool.|
|George Washington's Tomb|
|The petals look like pink snow on the ground!|
|Iwo Jima Memorial - Huge and Breath-taking|
Arlington is definitely worth visiting, just to try to grasp the sheer enormity of the place. There are so so many graves. They have 100 funerals per week there, on average. It was very humbling.
Of course we also watched the Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I think Jess and I could have stayed and watched the ceremonies all day if given the opportunity. There is just something about the reverence of these men that guard this tomb day in and day out. We were lucky enough to see not only the changing of the guards, but also a Wreath Ceremony.
We stayed at Arlington until the sunset and then headed back to Jill and Dave's place where they had a birthday cake made for me! So very cute (and delicious)! It was such an unexpected surprise. I am so glad that we got to stay out there and spend some time with their family. Being so far away from them is not fun!
|Tomb of the Unknown Soldier|
On our last day there, we decided to hit up the famous DC Cupcakes. There was quite the line at 10 am when they opened! We got half a dozen to sample.
They were delicious. My favorite was the Mint Chocolate. We snacked on them throughout the day.
Jess had an earlier flight out than I did, so I dropped her off at the airport and then headed back to the White House to try to get a better view of it since it had been closed off the day we had first visited it. I lucked out!
They were having some sort of picnic on the front lawn. I tried looking it up, but I never found out what was going on. In either case, it was good to get closer and see it in person.
|The White House|
Next, I hurried to the Metro so that I could go see the Supreme Court. We had walked past the Supreme Court a few days prior and I hadn't even realized it. I took pictures of it without even realizing what I was snapping a photo of. Total fail. Anyway, I wanted to see it one more time before leaving for my flight.
I'm really glad I went back! I happened to time it perfectly with the start of the debate on the constitutionality of Obamacare. There were news crews and protesters all over the place. It was quite a different scene from when we walked past earlier in the week. It will be interesting to hear the decision from the Supreme Court on the case in a few months.
|US Supreme Court|
Anyway, that's my DC trip! I hope to go back one day and spend more time in the museums. There is just so much stuff to do in that region, and the vast majority of it is free. Love it!