This week, I met a good friend from Idaho in Washington DC. He came to town for training with the Veterans Court and was able to sneak away for some sight-seeing. This is the first time I have spent much time in the capitol city, aside from when my brother, Michael, and got desperately lost in DC late at night on our cross-country trek to Norfolk, VA. That time, we accidentally drove past many significant buildings, but did not have a chance to explore.
This week’s trip was quite intentional, comparatively. We saw the White House and took an obligatory selfie. We walked on to the National Mall, where we viewed the National Monument and several impressive memorials, including the Abraham Lincoln, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials. My friend is a military veteran and we talked about what kind of memorial will be created to honor those who fought and died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After nearly melting into puddles at the Lincoln Memorial, we escaped the swampy heat by going to the International Spy Museum. It is not one of the many free museums in DC, but it is very engaging and interactive. I cannot wait to take my nephew there someday. Before the afternoon ended, we walked past the Ford Theater, where Lincoln was assassinated, and stopped at one of the Smithsonian Museums (mainly for AC and phone charging).
Scott drove down after work to join us for dinner at Zaytinya with mezze (small plates). It was great to see a friend from home and explore the nation’s capital. It is amazing to me that it only takes 1 hour and $8 on the train to explore this city. I posted many more pictures on my Instagram account, be sure to check them out there!