6.14.2016

DC Adventures, Day 1

As I mentioned in last week's FO Friday post, I found myself in Washington DC a few days before the TNNA trade show. With teaching in Dayton the weekend before and wanting time to visit my friend, it just made the most sense. I put my extra days on the road to good use. I spent a couple of the days out and about and a couple of the days working. It was the perfect mix of work and fun!

My first full day in DC, I decided to walk over to The White House. Because, why not? :) Anyway, it turned into an 11-mile walk around town seeing all the things...
The Washington Monument was under construction/renovation the last time I was here, so I had to get a close up look at it this time.
I also visited the World War II and Korean War Memorials along the way. My grandfather fought in both of those wars, and it was nice to spend some time there, thinking about him and how proud he was of his time in the Navy, serving our country. 

And, of course, I had to go to the Lincoln Memorial. Hello, I'm from the Land of Lincoln. :)
At that point I had already walked so far, I decided to just keep going and head to Arlington National Cemetery. When I had been in DC a couple years ago, the Eternal Flame at JFK's grave was under renovation, and I only got to see a giant temporary wall and a mini flame next to it. I'm glad I made the walk over to see it again for real.
I walked over to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier while I was there. I think it's one of the coolest, most moving things you can see.
After that, I headed back to the hotel, stopping for a quick lunch and some more water (it was crazy hot...there was so much water consumed and sunscreen used!). I spent the rest of the day getting some work done and taking a nap (11 miles of walking means you can nap if you want to).

A great adventure-filled day for sure!

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