Now that spring time is officially in effect, I decided to pay a visit with D to see the cherry blossoms in DC this weekend. Not to mention, it was the perfect weather, as a local, to play tourist and explore the National Mall on foot. Too often do locals like myself forget how fortunate we are to live nearby landmarks that most people travel from far away distances to see.
So if you live nearby landmarks or unique landscapes that you have been to before or have never had the chance to see, take that step and make plans to visit it. Sometimes living near a place can give people this false impression that they can always see it whenever they want, which is true…until life checks in on you and gives you short notice of an opportunity to move away.
Back to the National Mall trek, if you have never visited DC, my suggestion is to wear the comfiest shoes you own, bring bottled water, snacks and/or cash to buy something to eat from one of the large selection of food truck vendors, if you get hungry.
The photo below of the Washington Monument shown in a symmetrical composition is a photo I have taken countless times on different trips to the National Mall. This photo composition of the obelisk is one that I could never get tired of taking. An obelisk of this size is definitely a great way to commemorate the U.S.’s first president, George Washington.
If I had to choose, I think my favorite monument at the National Mall is the Lincoln Memorial. There is just something really special about having to walk up numerous steps to see Lincoln’s sculpture enclosed inside a cave-like temple surrounded and protected by massive columns that gives the impression you are in the presence of greatness. A photo of this grandeur sculpture just does not do it justice and I think it is a sight best seen in person. I am not sure if most visitors know this, but you are allowed to walk the perimeter of the temple. Just follow the white columns around to the back side and sit for a while…it is a relaxing break after the long walk it takes most visitors to get here. Below is a photo I took of the white column and ceiling at the back side of the monument. This is definitely bucket list worthy, so go see it if you can.
As I was walking down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, I could not help but notice this man standing tall holding up a red and blue sign facing towards the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. Regardless of one’s political viewpoints, I think it is awesome to be able to freely stand up for things you believe in.
Below is a photo of a magnificent rock sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. This monument symbolizes what Mr. King represented…freedom, equality and justice for all. This is definitely a great tribute to a brave human being.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963
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