S: Washington DC 2009
BC: Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
FC: Washington DC 2009
1: Washington DC has | Anyone up for a segway tour of DC? | a very different look and feel than Salt Lake. These are a few of the things we saw as we drove into the downtown area.
3: The city is rich is beautiful architecture
5: The White House
9: Old Glory Cafe' in Georgetown | We ate at the
10: The museums are great and many of them are free. They are packed full of history and it was really interesting to see so many things from our country's past, whether it is something of importance in our history like the first airplane or something fun like Dorothy's "ruby" slippers from the Wizard of Oz or Shaq's enormous basketball shoe! It was fascinating to read about the history behind everything. I can only take in a limited amount of info, but Rex can just keep soaking it in like a giant sponge.
11: A little local flavor | This is my favorite flavor!
12: Freaky scary escalator into the subway | Cool row houses | Charming Georgetown home | Train Station
14: I rode the subway (all by myself!) to this mall (left). I even had to change trains! The subway delivered me to a tunnel with steps leading right into the mall. Very cool! I ate lunch with a lady whose husband works for the Australian consulate. She was alone too, and asked if she could join me! It was a fun little adventure.
16: We celebrated Rex's 45th birthday in Washington DC | Shortly after I took this picture, Nature put on a fabulous dinner show for us--Thunder boomed, rain poured and lightening danced all around this gorgeous post office while we ate dinner across the street.
18: Washington Monument
19: World War II Memorial
21: Lincoln Memorial
23: The things that had the greatest impact on me were the Declaration of Independence, George Washington's home, and the "Star Spangled Banner". It was inspiring to see the actual declaration.To me, it is a sacred document. A considerable amount of the ink has faded so much that it is no longer legible. It is kept in a special glass case, the lights are very dim and no flash photography is allowed to keep it from further fading. At Mt. Vernon (or George and Martha's place, as Rex likes to call it), we looked into the rooms and imagined the founding fathers of our country planning a new nation. | Impact | At the Smithsonian, our hearts were truly touched as we saw the tattered Star Spangled Banner that inspired our national anthem by Francis Scott Key. While he was aboard a British ship to negotiate the release of a friend, he learned about the impending attack onFt. McHenry. He was kept on the ship while they bombarded the shore. The attack went on through the night while he stood by helplessly and watched. By morning's first light he looked anxiously toward the shore, trying to see if our flag still stood, or if the fort had been taken by the enemy. As the smoke cleared, there it was--our flag, our Star Spangled Banner.
24: State Capitol & grounds
26: The National Cathedral