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Photo Friday: Tourist

E. in DC, Washington Monument

Let’s see: stroller covered in luggage tags, sunglasses, hat, backpack, big monument in the background. Yep, I’d say she’s a tourist!

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Photo Friday: Ad Astra

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Ad Astra, a sculpture by Richard Lippold, stands at the entrance to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. (“Ad astra” means “to the stars” in Latin.) Created in 1976, this sculpture definitely has a retro vibe. It isn’t sleek or curvy…it’s got lots of right angles and straight lines and seems a little emotionally detached to me. This isn’t, “Hey! If we can put on a man on the moon, who knows how far we can go!” This is more, “Eh. Let me quote you some facts and chart out the galaxy for you.”

What do you think?

Air and Space Museum, DC

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Photo Friday: Tall Trees at Burke Lake Park

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Our recent trip to northern Virginia revolved around a family reunion. We spent a wonderful Saturday afternoon at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station where we ate a picnic lunch, rode a carousel, and took a short hike on a wooded trail to the lake.

Burke Lake trees

I was amazed to see the trees. It’s hard to explain, but you just don’t see tall trees like this in southern Texas.

Of course, I would never suggest that it’s a good idea to carve into a tree. However, it’s hard to deny that there’s something fascinating about these names, initials, and hearts etched into the bark.

Burke Lake heart

Burke Lake tree, Fairfax Station, VA

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Wordless Wednesday: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington
E. and her cousin at Arlington National Cemetery

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Family Reunion in Washington, DC

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We’ve spent the last few days hanging out with family, wandering through museums, and taking pictures of monuments in Washington, DC and northern Virginia. It was defintely a whirlwind trip–we were only there for three nights, yet we visited two museums (Natural History and Air & Space), the National Archives, Arlington Cemetery, and more memorials and monuments than I can count. We also hung out at a really cute park in Fairfax, Virginia where we had a picnic lunch, played frisbee, and rode a carosel. Add to that a crazy night at an Irish pub in Alexandria, Virginia and an afternoon in Baltimore before we flew out of town, and you’ve got one busy vacation!

E. in DC (1960s effect)

As you can imagine, I’m still sifting through photos and trying to decide which activities were my favorite. E. says she liked the Natural History Museum the best, mostly due to the fact that there’s a large elephant (her favorite animal) in the museum’s rotunda.

I found Arlington Cemetery really fascinating, especially the older sections. I could have spent an entire day there, but there just wasn’t time on this trip.

And of course, since this was a family reunion, E. got to see her beloved cousins, grandparents, and aunt and uncle. Plus, she was able to make a few new friends along the way.

In the coming days, I’ll be writing more about our trip. But I want to hear from you…what are your favorite things to do in Washington, DC?


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