It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today, forecast is low 70’s and sunny. Perfect for what I have planned! But first, let’s discuss today’s outfit, also from Coldwater Creek.
Do you think it’s too “soccer mom”? The color is what really attracted me; it’s such a bright, happy, fall color. It makes me smile, and layers will be good today as I plan to spend much of the day outside. So after applying sunscreen and reading my Bible, I’m off to spend a little more time with some of the monuments I zipped by last night on my Segway.
I can see the Jefferson Memorial from my hotel room window, so that seems like a logical place to start.
It does have the most beautiful view across the Tidal Basin, which makes it the perfect place to sit and munch on the muffin I picked up on the way. The statue of Jefferson is 19 feet tall, which is the same height as the statue of Lincoln in his memorial—only, of course, Lincoln is sitting down. Tom has a commanding presence, all the same. Seeing him reminds me of a trip my mother and I took to Colonial Williamsburg some years ago. There’s a seated statue of Jefferson on a park bench there, and when my mother sat next to him for a picture she casually placed her hand on his knee. I thought that was a bit of a liberty to take with a President, but he didn’t seem to mind.
From there I stroll over a bridge and under the Japanese Cherry Trees (sadly not in bloom this time of year ) to the Roosevelt Memorial. I love that this statue includes his dog! The memorial traces twelve years of American History through a sequence of four outdoor rooms—each one devoted to one of FDR’s terms of office.
It’s a good little hike from Lincoln Memorial (passing the Korean War Memorial along the way), but it’s such a pretty day, who cares? Having seen the recent “Night at the Museum” movie, in which the Lincoln Memorial plays an important role, I thought it might be difficult to take him seriously in person, but as it turns out it’s not a problem. Reading the carved inscriptions of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and his Gettysburg Address takes care of that.
This is a rather brilliant feature. You don’t need to hope a Park Ranger is hanging around to tell you about the Memorial. You can call (202) 747-3420 anytime and choose from a list of interpretive talks. (You don’t even have to be in DC, a plus for us virtual travelers!)
From there, it’s on to the Vietnam War Memorial (very touching!) and a stroll through Constitution Gardens to the Washington Monument. Why, do you suppose, did Jefferson, Roosevelt, & Lincoln get statues, but Washington got an enormous obelisk? Is there some sort of symbolism implied by this giant…oh, never mind.
I decide against going up inside the monument. I’ve been walking all morning, I still have to walk back to my hotel, and I’m ready to invoke Vacation Rule Number 2 Besides, I need to rest up…I have a date with the Kennedy Center tonight.