While visiting Washington D.C. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hop on a boat so I took a ride up the Potomac to Georgetown. I started out checking out the waterfront while I waited for the boats departure time.
Georgetown itself is worth a visit. A quaint college community, it houses some of the oldest buildings in the D.C. area. I had an enjoyable day wandering around finding things to photograph and a coffee shop to hang out in for awhile. Then it was time to make my way back to the waterfront for the ferry ride back to downtown.
I managed to have a free afternoon while visiting Washington D.C. so I decided to walk over to see Arlington cemetery. A couple of points, One- it’s a fairly long walk from downtown to Arlington, Two- it’s a huge place when you get there and a long way up to the top of the hill. I probably would have been well served to ride the metro to the Arlington station and take advantage of the shuttles the drive around the cemetery. My feet were pretty sore the next day. It felt right somehow to walk slowly and quietly without the throng of people that were bustling about most places I went, though so I persevered.
One advantage of walking quietly was that Arlington is a surprisingly good place to do some bird watching.
Since it was spring time there were plenty of things in bloom as well.
When visiting Washington D.C. one thing that was on my to do list was to see the Air and Space Museum. Turns out there are two locations, one near downtown D.C and one out by Dulles airport. The one out by the airport is the larger more impressive collection so I headed out there. On the way I spotted signs for the Sully plantation so I stopped to check it out. Turned out it was a nice place to walk around and see some of the local wildlife as well as a few historical buildings. Then it was on to the Areo planes!
I had the opportunity to do a little traveling in the D.C/Virginia part of the country this year. I spent a great deal of time walking around the usual tourist stops, the capital building, capital mall etc. and really had a good time taking pictures of everything. I also became pretty familiar with the metro system and found the metro card which allows for bus and train travel to be a handy way of getting around town.
One evening I spotted a car all lit up on display along the capital mall. It was the original 1968 ford mustang from the movie ‘Bullit’ starring Steve McQueen which has been recently re-released online.
Turns out Farragut square(yes Farragut-‘damn the torpedoes’,that guy) is a good place for lunch. Food trucks with just about any type of food you can dream up park all around the square and there were plenty of park benches to stop and enjoy my food.(I had a falfael salad, but since there was everything from cheeseburgers to Hawaiian tacos? I really had a lot to choose from.
Walking around Washington D.C the Washington monument is the most noticeable landmark. You can spot it from almost any part of town.
I managed to find a few things besides the usual tourist spots to photograph!
You can check out all the rest of the pics I took here.
So another family member got married. It’s been a good year for family get together s and this time not only did my Cousins daughter get married but one of my other cousins got to officiate at the ceremony!
An interesting touch, I had not seen at a wedding recption before was a gaming company was hired to allow people to play casino games and everyone was given bills with the bride and grooms pictures on them to ‘gamble’.
Everyone had a great time, and it was really good to see all the family together again so soon. Even the newest member, Grayson though I believe he slept through most of the ceremony.