Visiting the United States' Capitol
Me at the Lincoln Memorial in Washinton, D.C., United States
It was back in the year 2016. I was a student at Harford Community College, working full-time, and dating the most attractive Thia woman who I have ever met. Perhaps you know the type - not too thin and not too wide, cute smile, rounded toes, shorter than myself... Anyway, she wanted to visit the United States' capital whilst she was still in this part of the country. Her and her brother's favorite film is "Night at the Museum" with Ben Stiller. She had originally planned alternatively to pay for public transport if I made myself unavailable to her aid. I had not been to my country's capital for a very long time. Thus, a road trip was decided!
Have you ever visited our capital?
One of the first architectural marvels we were introduced to was the Washington Monument. This is not to be confused with Baltimore's Washington Monument (which is also a giant stony pillar). There enters the mind some recognition of the capability of the human being's endeavors when standing beside the majestic obelisk. It was around this time that I recognized my camera had run out of battery. This previous revelation should shed light on the absence of my own photographs in this article.
Washington Monument of Washington, D.C., USA
Me and my girlfriend at the time walked near enough to notice the United States Capitol building. I had made special note to the fact that some upper parts of the structure appeared to be experiencing fixings. I pointed this out to my beautiful Thai love who took a photograph upon my request.
Public Domain Image of the Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial and its surrounding attractions gave me memories that shall hopefully persist forever. The statue of President Abraham Lincoln is, of course one may have guessed, very brilliant. However, the statue is not the only thing which is towering over those who enter the memorial. The entirety of this area is an item worthy of lasting meditations. The structure was built with great imagination and marvelous craftsmanship.
Public Domain Photo of the World Wor II Memorial
We gave some of our time to playfully bask in the joys and the marvels of the World War II Memorial. There are some fantastic water displays, helping to honor those who died in the noble services of our great country. Personally, I have been in love with water fountains since I was a very young boy. My companion took phottographs whilst I took memories.
Public Domain Photo of the US Capitol Building
Perhaps one of our more moving adventures that day (for myself at the very least) was our travels to within the National Gallery of Art. The art building not only bears testimony to ancient Greek culture in and of its own design, but the Greek statues inside are inspiring to all of those whose hearts pump tears of blood for the past. Despite our being very sweaty and exhausted, we allotted a good quantity of time for this place. We were both enraptured by the paintings, statues, as well as the museum's architecture itself.
Do you enjoy the arts?
Public Domain Image of the Museum of Natural History
Perhaps the grandest focus of our attentions during our day trip was the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. As with many of the attractions of Washington, D.C. - payments are merely an option. I do remember noticing missionaries of my own church walking around this location. The museum is ridiculously large. Everything about the Smithsonian exhibits are exceptional and wonderful. I took some time to consider the large Native American totem pole that is a piece of their massive collection.
I have reserved my plan to illuminate you unto those lesser side notes in the following sentences. Shortly after we arrived in the city-state, we visited a Dunkin' Donuts that had been honored with a quick stay by President Barack Hussein Obama II. A photograph of the former US president was hung proudly on one of the restaurant's walls. During our trip from Delaware to D.C., and then from D.C, to Maryland - the whole time, there was no air conditioning. I still suppose that this was due to a faulty engine thermostat. My girl at that time had brought food for us, so hunger was never a major issue of our travels. Parking in Washington, D.C. (although not easy) is far less frustrating then parking in Baltimore city, Maryland. One may take interest that there exists much free parking in the city-state. The parking may be temporal and not the easiest thing in the world to discover, but free parking in Baltimore city is nearly impossible. Paid parking in Baltimore is often hard to find. That isn't to disrespect Baltimore, as cities do not generally have many cheap options when desirous to implement more vehicle room. Regardless, D.C.'s parking choices are amazing for such a populated and crowded district.
That vacation day to Washington, D.C. may have been the most time I have ever shared within our nation's capitol. Such memories of beautiful women, incredible architecture, and wonderful art are worth making the efforts to synthesize. I plan to return. Returning is always my plan. Whether my ventures back be tomorrow, or in fifty years hence, I will look forward to the impact Washington, D.C. will openly give me upon my arrival once more.
© 2018 Alexander James Guckenberger