One day I decided to spend the day walking to and around all the outdoor memorials. This was one of my more enjoyable days in DC, and I got some good exercise – walked about 8 miles. I started with the Washington Monument, which is still closed due to the earthquake damage from last year. From there I headed to the Jefferson Memorial. I stopped across the Tidal Basin to get a picture of the memorial.
Since I had all day, I spent time reading many of the quotes around the monuments.
George Mason Memorial -
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial was different. It had 3 or 4 statues of FDR, several waterfalls, the group of people waiting in line (in my DC – part 1 blog), and an odd wall that I couldn’t really figure out.
There were a lot of school kids there and they loved this particular statue.
This is just a small part of the wall in the FDR memorial, that I don’t understand. There may have been something to explain it, but I didn’t see it.
The Korean War Memorial is one of several memorials that I had not seen before. I had read about the reflection of the statues in the marble wall.
The Lincoln Memorial was probably the most crowded.
It seems everywhere I go there is some type of construction going on. This is a view from the Lincoln Memorial of the reflecting pool (no water!) and the Washington Monument.
Albert Einstein Memorial, located outside of the National Academy of Sciences.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial -
Vietnam Women’s Memorial
World War II Memorial -
Of course, I had to go to the National Zoo. A picture of one of the Panda’s was posted in part 1 of this blog. I got to the zoo fairly early and the panda’s were quite active. The lions were also fairly active.
Everyone enjoyed watching the orangutan cross the O-Line or OTS(Orangutan Transport Line).
I ended up spending almost 2 weeks in the DC area and needed every minute of it!
My next stop was Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. I am now only a couple of weeks behind. I am currently in Sheffield, PA in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest and will be here until just after Memorial Day. I don’t have any TV, but have internet access and plenty of places to hike!