When we first planned our trip to VA, Jon wanted to take us to DC to see the cherry blossoms. We first thought we would go on Sunday, but since it was Easter Sunday, we decided we would wait until Monday -- maybe people would be back at work and there wouldn't be so many people. So we set out on this journey at 8:00 Monday morning. The drive to New Carrollton, MD took longer than originally thought -- approximately three hours, but it was a nice drive. From Carrollton, we took the train. Dalton was probably the most excited about the trip -- he has been studying Abraham Lincoln in history class and was anxious to see the Lincoln Memorial.
We rode the train to the "National Mall," an open-area national park in downtown DC. Standing in the middle of the National Mall, to the right in the distance, you can see our nation's Capital.
The north and south side chambers proudly display carved inscriptions of Lincoln's second inaugural address and the Gettysburg Address .
The statue of President Lincoln took four years to complete and is 19 feet tall from head to toe, the scale being such that if Lincoln were standing, he would be 28 feet tall. The width of the statue is the same as its height, weighs 175 tons and had to be shipped in 28 separate pieces. The epitaph above President Lincoln states:
We didn't know the Easter Egg Roll was taking place at the White House. We just thought it was held on Easter Sunday and we didn't know it lasted all day -- you don't know that from seeing it on television. The entire back area of the White House was blocked off and people were standing in line for blocks and blocks, with their children, waiting for their turn to do the Easter Egg Roll.
We also visited the Korean War Memorial, WWII Memorial and the Vietnam Wall -- all very impressive.
I forgot to mention anything about the Apple Blossoms, one of the reasons for our trip to DC. As it turned out, they had peaked the week before and there were very few blossoms left.