Country done gone to town...
This is the last post of our 3 day whirlwind trip. I hesitated to even post about this day because honestly it wasn't my favorite.
After spending a day in Pennsylvania (we stopped by Arlington on the way to PA the first day) and then Lancaster (the second day), a day in DC (the last day) was very different. I enjoyed seeing the monuments but what I did not enjoy was having no idea where we were going... short on time... the traffic... all the people.... it was overwhelming for a small town girl like me.
I. like. small. town.
After a spending the afternoon in Lancaster, we headed to Greenbelt, Maryland to spend the night before our final day in Washington DC. After arriving at our hotel, we discovered that our room was not ready. We discovered this AFTER entering the room. There was disgusting evidence in plain sight.... quickly whisk the kids out, call the main desk.... get a new room.... feeling kind of gross... want to go home and sleep in my own bed... I am tired of hotels already. Thank God for sleep and a better attitude the next day...
And you know... the thought crossed my mind.. "Don't you people know I'm a blogger and I will spread this lack of cleaning our room on time to every one of my 126 followers." LOL!
The hotel staff were very apologetic and gave us a coupon for a free breakfast the next morning. Whatever.
After an okay nights sleep and breakfast without coffeeeee...... (long story) we headed to DC.
OH MY GOSH! Can you say traffic. I don't like traffic. It was unlike anything I've ever been in. We finally made it to the parking garage. Ignorance is bliss they say.... very true.
We walked to Union Station. Not too bad. An interesting place. We had to take the Metro, my first time ever riding on one.
We stood and stared at the Metro ticket dispenser thing... like deer in headlights.
A nice man came over and helped us. We were so thankful... and then he asked us for money... because he helped us - we owed him... not the southern hospitality that we're used to.
We gave him 5 bucks.
I have to admit this was cool.
Kind of like riding on a bus but faster. Don't laugh.
We made it.
I was looking forward to visiting the Holocaust museum.
This was the only photo I took inside. Photos were allowed but it didn't feel right. You have to visit the museum to understand what I mean. It's hard to believe that people were treated this way. Horrible.
The man that led our tour kept reiterating, they had a choice. He was speaking about the ones who mistreated, tortured and or killed the Jews... lots of examples and photos... very thought provoking.
We were there for a few hours but you could easily spend the entire day.
After leaving the Holocaust museum, we walked ... and walked ... and walked. We finally made it to the Lincoln Memorial.
I enjoyed seeing this in person.
We sat here for a while. We were disappointed there was no water in the reflection pool. Again... there was no water in the reflection pool....
Now this is something we don't see everyday.
World War II memorial. I didn't take a lot of photos this day... when your feet hurt and your dying of thirst.... you really don't care about photos.
Washington Monument. This was a pretty view.
It was a long day of walking. I think a bus tour would have been more enjoyable. We had only one day to spend here and you can't walk but so fast... lot's of people were riding bikes. All in all, it was okay. If we should go back again, we'll definitely have a better plan.
We finally made it back to Union Station. It's sort of like a mall. They had Starbucks!
Thank you Lord!
We ate. We rested. We started our journey back to the parking garage... in the WRONG direction. It was getting late, it was about to rain and we found ourselves walking in a residential area.... nothing looked familiar. We looked like idiots.
We turned around, backtracked and finally made it to the van just as it was starting to rain...
Cue the music....
I like calling North Carolina home!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read. I appreciate you guys so much. It's been a busy time here and I'm behind on visiting your blogs. I promise to catch up with you soon.