Last Wednesday, I arrived in D.C. via the METRO and walked the entire National Mall (nearly four miles total!!!!!) by 9:30am. I saw the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. The reflection pool (the huge body of shallow water …. remember Jenny and Forrest in Forrest Gump? Yes, that one.) was empty and closed due to renovations. There were also numerous tents and construction trailers parked everywhere. It was not very picturesque.
As I walked along Constitution Avenue towards the National Archives (home to the original Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights), I saw the White House, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and World War II Memorial.
Once I arrived to the National Archives, I stood outside and waited for the facility to open at 10:00am. I was in the first group of approximately 100 persons allowed inside. The National Archives does not allow photography, so you’ll have to trust that I saw the *original* documents that created this great country.
I bought a souvenir magnet, you’re more than welcome to come to my house and look at the sides of my refrigerator!!!!!
By the time I left the Archives, I was starving. And, because I was exhausted from the “trek” around the mall earlier, I hailed a cab and the very nice driver took me to a D.C. classic restaurant: Old Ebbitt Grill. My waitress, Helen, was fantastic. I enjoyed a house salad with citrus vinaigrette and two crab cakes that I wouldn’t have shared if my life depended on it. If you want to lick the computer screen, go ahead. I won’t stop you.
After lunch, I went to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and enjoyed their noon-time Wednesday service. I met many wonderful folks who welcomed me and appreciated me visiting their beautiful church. Thanks to my new friends, and their descriptive directions, I found my way back to the METRO train station and returned to “The Facility” later in the afternoon.
By the time Husband left his training classes, I was sound asleep taking an afternoon siesta.