DC Come Rain or Come Shine
July 15, 2015
I learned something really important on our trip to DC and it didn’t have a thing to do with American history. It’s about traveling well and making wise choices. Here’s what I learned…
Always check a detailed weather report when you first arrive and plan accordingly. The hourly reports are updated frequently and get pretty darn accurate about 24 hours out and this is particularly important if your visit will be a short one like ours was.
We arrived in DC early on a beautiful Friday afternoon and because we were feeling a bit tuckered out from all the driving we had done in the last few days, we decided to walk around just a little and then go back to our little apartment early to settle in with a pizza for the night. After all we had the whole weekend, right?
Wrong. It rained really hard all weekend even though the original reports we had read said otherwise. Hindsight truly is 20/20 but had we done a few quick minutes of homework, that relaxing with a pizza definitely would have waited until the next day!
DC is a town with a lot to see and do even without factoring in rain. There was so much just outside our door waiting to be experienced and it honestly felt like DC and I were barely introduced, not to mention having time to get to know each other a little. Staying longer was unfortunately not an option or we definitely would have. I have to say we did our best though, putting on our ‘come rain or come shine attitudes’ and heading out with our now very broken umbrella to brave the elements and do our best to see at least a few of the sights.
Lulu on the other hand thought we had lost our minds from what I could tell, but did her best too. That is a long as Richard carried her most of the way! Yes, she is our little princess …
What I saw of DC was beautiful. The White House itself was smaller than I expected and felt a little anticlimactic honestly, and it made me think a lot about how we often build up expectations of things or experiences in our minds only to be disappointed when we actually arrive. It’s a funny thing.
Here are a few photos I was able to capture in spite of all that rain. I absolutely loved seeing The Lincoln Memorial and had an almost irresistible urge to climb up into that gimongous lap of his and just sit with him for awhile. Imagine that!
But what moved me the most was visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Not because it was all that beautiful to look at per say, it is actually very simple, but because there was something unexpectedly powerful and emotional about viewing all those names on that simple wall and taking in what they represented.
I was standing near by and was able to hear a woman telling her grandchildren that the man whose name they had found on the wall had made it possible for them to even be standing there at all. Apparently he had given his life to save the lives of an entire platoon, including their grandfather. Needless to say they were all in tears and so was I. It was really something to be standing near by and be able to hear the telling of this story.
No pictures of this special family, it just didn’t seem right, but here are a few of the ones I was comfortable taking.
Something else really special happened while we were in DC - the US Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. We didn’t actually know at first that this was happening, but when we did realize that’s what all the celebration was about I felt incredibly proud to be an American and thrilled to have been in DC for the momentous occasion!
The morning of our departure the sun came out in full force and it was an absolutely beautiful post rain morning. While Richard packed the car … God Bless ‘em … I took one last walk through the neighborhood in search of a chai, a couple of muffins and perhaps a few parting shots.
I strolled past this amazing Church …
As well as this one. Love those butterflies!
I also ran into our neighbor from the apartment we were staying in and his new little pup Bruno. He was out trying to introduce Bruno to the world a bit and the little guy was shaking like a leaf and absolutely as cute as a button.
Spending a little time in our nation’s capital was awesome. I will look forward to a day when I can return and really get to know this amazing city!
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Until next week when I take you to Mystic Connecticut … yep, as in pizza!
XOXO, from me and lu