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Washington, D.C. | Day 5

4.18.2014
We started the next day at Arlington National Cemetery. We took the Metro right to the Arlington Cemetery stop. It was quite a sight. The grave markers just go on and on forever. It was a great reminder of how many people sacrifice for our country. We liked looking at all of the different religious symbols on the tombstones, and kept trying to spot an LDS symbol (Angel Moroni), but we didn't find one.



We went and saw the graves of John F. Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy. We also went to see the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and they just so happened to be changing the guards while we were there so we got to see that ceremony too, which was pretty neat.

After Arlington we went and had lunch at Shake Shack, because we had ticket to go to Ford's Theater, after lunch, which is one street away. We actually went to the Peterson House first, which is where Lincoln died, and then we went to Ford's Theater.



We weren't sure if we wanted to go to the museum at Ford's Theater, but I'm really glad we did. We got to see the gun that actually killed Abraham Lincoln, as well as the suit he was wearing that night, and the door to his box at the Theater, one of the pillows he laid on after he was shot... It was well worth it!



We hadn't gone over to the Tidal Basin yet this trip because I wanted to try to see everything else we could before the trees were in peak bloom. I wanted to wait and make sure that we really got to see the blossoms. I had been tracking the blossoms online before we came out here, and knew that they needed a few more days. I was really nervous that they were going to bloom right after we left, but we totally lucked out and were there RIGHT at the start of peak bloom. It couldn't have been anymore perfect.

So after Ford's Theater and a quick stop to peak at the back of the White House (we only saw the front before) we were out of things to do and decided to head over to the Tidal Basin to check it out. My expectations were really low, because I didn't want to get completely let down if we did miss the blossoms this trip (even though, they were the main reason why we were coming), but let me tell you, they completely exceeded my expectations. It was so wonderful. I couldn't even believe that I was there, and the blossoms were in bloom, and the weather was great, and I was with my cute little family, and we were having a great trip. It was complete perfection.

We walked around the entire Tidal Basin, with lots of stops for pictures.



We stopped at the Jefferson Memorial for a peak inside. We also fed Reagan on the steps.



And then kept walking around the Tidal Basin.



It took us almost 3 hours to walk around the whole thing, with all of the stops we made. I was thoroughly enjoying myself. These blossoms were one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen.

Even Reagan liked the blossoms a little bit. She really liked all of the people, and all of the people liked her. Seriously, like every person would comment on her or say something to her.




We really liked the FDR Memorial, I accidentally didn't take any pictures of it but right around that Memorial were my favorite blossom trees, we ended up going back to that spot 3 days in a row.



Also right around that spot is the MLK Memorial, which was way cooler looking than I remember it looking in some of the pictures I had seen.



I really loved when the blossoms were growing straight out of the tree trunk. I thought it looked really cool. Here are two examples:



For dinner that night we decided to go back up to Capitol Hill and eat at Medium Rare. This place was great!  There is a prefixed menu, with only one meal: bread and butter, a salad, and steak with fries. Their house steak sauce was SO yummy. After we finished our first plate of steak and fries, they brought out MORE steak and fries. By the end of that second plate, I was so stuffed, but man was it good! We were so glad we splurged a little bit and decided to eat there.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy you got to see the blossoms at their PEAK! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful :)

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