10-October- DC Trip
I got to go on my first business trip, attending a conference in DC. I was gone for 5 days and 4 nights. I missed my Aaron but got to stay in a nice hotel and eat a lot of good food. I was in various trainings and workshops during the day so didn't get to see much, but did get out my last night and took a conference-provided Twilight Bus Tour. It was dark and rained the whole time (and I neglected to bring an umbrella). So my pictures aren't the greatest. A lot of the monuments I'd seen before (with my grandparents when they took me in Jr. High), but I hadn't seen the FDR memorial or new WWII memorial, so that was neat.
First stop was the WWII memorial...
A large fountain is the centerpiece of the memorial.
There are various moving quotes throughout.
I thought this was neat, because you could see the Washington Monument through the "pillars". Note all the raindrops on the picture. There is one of those "pillars" for each state and US territory.
I took all my pictures in my camera's night mode. Of course, the farther away I am, the fuzzier they are.
Next we stopped at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Blurry picture :(
But this one came out crystal clear.
Now, we're at the FDR Memorial. It's quite sprawling, and not well lit unfortunately.
Men in the bread line during the Depression
Listening to one of FDR's Fireside chats.
Next, we stopped at the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. They purposely keep the Vietnam Memorial very dim, so I didn't even attempt any pictures there. It's always astonishing how many names 58,000 really is.
The Korean War Memorial is really neat, with statues of (I think a platoon?) 19 guys in the "formation" they would be in when walking through terrain, with all their equipment. Only the lead guy came out in the picture.
Blurry, blurry, blurry
And that was my trip. While it was neat to get to travel, it wasn't the same not having my husband to share it with. I look forward to returning one day with him and exploring more.