Anyway, back to the sight-seeing!
After leaving Arlington, our next stop was the Roosevelt Memorial.
This memorial is set up in stages, with a series of waterfalls leading you through the stages of his presidency. The waterfalls get more grand and louder as you progress through. The roar of the waterfalls quiets everything in a beautiful way. As you wander through, read his quotes, feel the spray of the water, it quiets you in a way that you really soak in the era and struggles of our nation under his presidency.
From there, we walked around a beautiful path to the Jefferson Memorial.
This is the view of the Jefferson Memorial from the Roosevelt Memorial, looking across the tidal basin fed by the Potomac River.
This picture doesn't do justice to how huge this statue is.
This is on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, looking out to the Washington Monument. Wherever you go, there it is!
Next up, and last on the first day, is the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
Apparently there is some dissatisfaction with this memorial. What I heard was that the King Family was not happy with how the facial features portrayed King, they thought it had too much harshness.
"...right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
"...only love can do that."
There's that Washington Monument, showing himself again. So lovely.
This is just a random picture of a typical sight around the DC area. The Potomac is so beautiful. I guess I expected a lot more city chaotic feeling, and while there is that, there is much more of this tranquility. A bit ironic perhaps.
This was the hottest day of our trip, and we crammed in so much, with miles and miles of walking! Worth every step we took. But after the King Memorial we headed our weary selves back to Deb's place to rest for the next day!
More to come...