Actually, just a few sights from last weekend's trip to D.C. Since our main purpose was to be in Quantico for Paul's graduation from OCS, and because we spent a good amount of time ferrying people to and from the airport, we only had a couple of hours snuck in here and there to go sight-seeing, but we did get to see a few of the more iconic tourist destinations.
We picked Paul up in Quantico Friday morning, and before his 6:30 p.m. curfew, we had some time to doodle around. We drove through old town Alexandria, on up to D.C., and stopped at the mall in the heart of our nation's capital. Here's one proof of our visit ~ the Washington Monument:
And here it is coming out of the top of Paul's head:
(Oh, that must be his mom there next to him... &:o)And here's my sis, Donna, with Paul. Can you tell he's just a little doted on?
We were so surprised by the haunting Korean War Memorial. You never hear about this one! But, it was a strangely touching and personal tribute to the men and women of that war.
We were thrilled to get to stop at the Lincoln Memorial for about five minutes:
Then, after Paul's graduation ceremony Saturday morning, we drove back toward Alexandria and had lunch...
And here' are the very impressive spires of the National Cathedral against the very impressive Virginia blue skies... We wanted to find Immaculate Conception, but didn't have time, and we did drive by St. Patrick's but the traffic hurried us by so fast, I couldn't get a picture.
We'd saved most of our time to visit Arlington National Cemetery and were not disappointed in the least. The solemn beauty of this place...
The soldier at the Grave of the Unknown soldier ~ there are not words to describe the touching ceremony of this lone sentry. Then, Sunday, after Mass in Vienna, Virginia, we had lunch at a Chinese seafood buffet, where I got a taste of a crawdad. Better shot of my chin than the crawdad, but you get the picture. We make a point of trying new and unusual menu items when we go on trips together. Last trip, we tried squid. Don't ask me which we preferred. They actually were equally unremarkable!
And, then we had about two and a half hours to spend at Mt. Vernon, before we had to leave for the airport and home.
But, I'm so glad we took the time to visit this site! What a perfectly preserved historic home, and a wonderful museum. Let me tell you, if I didn't already feel the utmost honor and regard for George Washington, I do now. His home and grounds are the most lovely example of efficiency and beauty I can imagine. Mind you, not that his military and political achievements for our country aren't really, really important, but, seriously, as a homemaker, I can appreciate his taste, organization, and care through his home. God is in the details. What an amazing man!