Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Washington Monuments to Lincoln, Washington, Grant and Jefferson

We never saw it all but we sure tried.  Close to three weeks camping at Greenbelt National Park and taking the 9:30 train most days from near there to DC and then getting back between 5 and 7 in the evening.  Lots of walking rather than transfer trains as it was all interesting to see.
We started this day out taking the train to Arlington National cemetery (pictures later, maybe) and then walking across the river to DC and the Lincoln Memorial.  Another warm and sunny day with lots and lots of people visiting here.

Finally got a clear shot without people in the picture but when you turned around and looked toward the Washington Monument across the reflecting pond there was a big problem.  The pond was drained and under repair so we will have to go back another year and see it in all it's glory. 

No matter where you went in this town you could look around and find the Washington Monument.  From a distance it was the domineering point on the horizon.

A little closer with the lake near.

And finally standing under it, but foiled again as it was still closed during repairs from the last earth quake.  But still a heart warming sight (and we didn't have to climb all those stairs!).

Closer to the Capital (in the distance) is the Grant Memorial with Grant and his horse standing in the middle.

But the most impressive part of this monument are the details shown below.  Hard to explain so you need to go, sit and study it all.

And finally for this day is the Jefferson Memorial.  From a distance across the lake it looks so peaceful...

until you get closer and see the mass of people.  But look close and you can see the big guy standing in the middle.

Finally found a side with good lighting so could get a better picture of him.

To be continued...

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