My flight landed at around 4 and I had a few hours to spare before picking Jess up at the airport, so I headed to the Washington DC temple to kill some time. This temple is kind of tucked away and sneaks up on you outta nowhere! The thick trees really help to conceal it. As always, the temple grounds and the temple itself were beautiful!
The next morning we woke up early and got ready to head back into DC. We had intended to get most of the stuff at the National Mall done in one day, but as anyone knows who has ever been to DC that is pretty much impossible. So we actually only got a few things done!
We started at Ford's Theatre where President Lincoln was assassinated. It was a bit surreal to be at a place where such an important moment in American history occurred. They had a nice museum in the basement and then they put on a short 30-minute play in the theater itself. At first I wasn't very thrilled at the idea of the play, but I actually really enjoyed it. I wouldn't miss the play if you go there to visit.
This is the gun that killed Lincoln and it was TINY. You could seriously conceal it in your hand and no one would be able to tell you had anything. Small, but quite deadly.
|The gun that killed Lincoln|
After touring the museum and theater, we headed across the stress to the home where Lincoln actually died. They have done a good job of replicating things as they were during that time.
After Ford's theater, we headed to the Capitol for a tour with Senator Hatch's interns. We had scheduled the tour several weeks in advance and it was significantly better than the tours you get by simply walking up to the Capitol. We even got to go on an underground train that connected all the buildings. Fun, and efficient.
Surprisingly, I was kind of disappointed with the interior of the Capitol. I think that Italy spoiled me rotten; I just wasn't all that impressed with the dome itself. The rooms felt small and compared to the actual size of the building I was expecting more from it. However, our tour guide was excellent and I'm glad that we went and saw all the historical rooms within the Capitol.
Next, we headed down to the Washington Monument and the Tidal Basin. Guess what I was most excited for?
|I love flowering trees!|
|Happy, happy girl|