After what I would call the toughest semester of my college years, it is time for a break. My friend Terri and I decided to go to Washington, DC. We flew out on Wednesday and it is now Friday.
When we landed we hit the ground running. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, got warmer clothes, and ate lunch, we began our tour of the city. We began at the Washington Monument, where we saw DC from a bird’s eye view. It was cool to see the Capitol Building, the White House, and the Lincoln Memorial from one spot.
After taking a million pictures, we headed to the WWII Memorial, the Korean Memorial, and the Vietnam Memorial. Each of these memorials was so different. Terri and I were solemn as we read the numbers of men killed, injured, and missing at the Korean Memorial, as well as, the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall. I know that it may be strange, but one word that I would use to describe the memorials is beautiful. The creators of the memorials worked hard to recognize the sacrifices that American soldiers made and, to me, it was beautiful.
The Lincoln Memorial was also amazing. Lincoln’s words were carved on each side of the memorial. There were so many people there just standing in awe of the portrayal of Lincoln in the center of the memorial. I can only say that the things that I saw on Wednesday will be forever etched into my memory. We figured out how to navigate the Metro Wednesday night. We made it back to the hotel without getting lost. I thought that this was a fantastic feat for two small town girls navigating through DC!
The next few days were filled with much of the same. We took a tour of the Capitol building. We became readers at the Library of Congress, which I might add was a long process. I thought we could just go in and look at books, but the Library of Congress is not that easy to access. We had to get reader cards and then we couldn’t even take our coats into the reading rooms. We also visited the National Zoo and the Nation’s Botanic Gardens. When we got off the Metro and began walking to the National Zoo we went the wrong way. It wasn’t until we crossed a random bridge and noticed that we were no longer on the map that we discovered we had taken a wrong turn. My friend Terri was studying the map and we were trying to decide which way to go when I noticed another pedestrian on our side of the road. I looked at Terri and said, “Should we ask him? Should we?” Of course she responded, “NO don’t. NO.” He must have noticed the big LOST written on our foreheads because he said, “Excuse me,Ladies, are you lost?” He was very helpful and we found the zoo soon after we headed in the right direction. At the end of our Zoo day, we went to the National Cathedral. This was one of my favorite places that we visited. The architecture was astonishing.
Now it’s Friday and the forecasters are predicting snow. I am excited about the snow because it is just not something that we see very often in Alabama. But I am expecting a visitor from Judson. I hope that she is not hindered by a little bit of snow.
For the love of Mother Judson, Anne Kirtley, and Sandra Fowler!