Rainy, windy, chilly and down-right, disgusting! These words best describe the Rock’n’Roll Marathon Series race day, on Saturday. With energy drained and water-logged bodies, Patty, Sarah, Emily and myself, made the long and arduous trek back to the hotel to rest. I knew that our reserved bus seats for the Washington DC tour were fast approaching, but I started to prepare myself with the possibility that we may not be able to go sight-see due to the fact that we were just too pooped to venture out.
After a good period of down time, we set out to grab a bite to eat with a friend of Emily’s and Sarah’s. Joe took us to a great little Italian spot called the 2 Amy’s Neapolitan Pizzeria and mentioned it was one of his favorite dining spots when he lived in the area…mmm…lived in the area, you say?
“Joe, tell me more about the area?” I called out in the car as I pulled up the camera app, from my phone. He did one better! Joe drove us to the attractions around the outer blocks of the Capitol.
Outside the Capitol Highlights:
Imagine the entire world, on one street, and you have Embassy Row! Mansion after mansion, with their unique country crest on the front of their gates and around Massachusetts Ave. We then came to the Atomic Clock Display in front of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Joe explained to us that this is the official device that all universal systems use, such as; GPS, television broadcasts and cell phones. We rounded the bend and Joe pointed to his left and told us that we were looking at the infamous Watergate Hotel, where Richard Nixon met his presidential demise due to a little break in.
Our friendly tour guide then asked if we wanted to see the rest of the attractions? We all agreed and, with visions of cartwheels in my head, Joe made a bee-line for the Capitol area.
Inside the Capitol Area:
Our first stop was, per the request of Patty, the United States Supreme Court. We all admired this marbled structure and took some great pictures on the front steps. Joe then suggested we move on across the street to the US Capitol building. I was a little disappointed that the dome was being worked on, but despite its condition the Runit crew still had a great photo-op session!
The Capitol Monuments:
Joe took us to the next area of Washington DC, the presidential monuments. The Lincoln memorial was a must see in-person with President Lincoln sitting regally and staring out onto the other highlighted structure, the Washington monument. This marbled tower could be seen everywhere around the park and is quite the sight up-close, as well as from a distance, as you can see from the fun I had thanks to Joe’s positioning photography!
The War Memorials:
Personally the wartime memorials, within the Constitution Gardens, were my favorite sights to see during our DC tour. We visited the Vietnam, Korean, WWI and WWII memorials. Each one told its own story of courage, service and sacrifice. With the ghostly names on the Vietnam plaque to the ghostly images of the soldiers in the Korean memorial, they all reveal the message that, “Freedom Is Not Free.” I also was able to pay homage, on behalf of my grandfather and his Reluctant Dragon crew, to the WWII memorial. I snapped a shot of the Connecticut wreath within the memorial and silently paid my respects to my grandfather’s crew members and the many other soldiers that never made it home.
All in all, this was a Joe-tastic tour! I couldn’t say thank you enough to our top-notch tour guide for taking us around in the rainy and chilly weather, but I’m going to say it again – thank you Joe! We passed by the many other types of tours that the city provides; buses, walking groups, and even Seaways, but I think the best kind of sight-seeing is with a friend.
I think it makes for a better memory and a fabulous picture!
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