It was the friends.
I got the stay with my friend Carol for the first 2 days, and had a great time hanging out with her. She also happens to be a fantastic Personal Tour Guide, and I was the better for that.
|The world's smallest house (blue one in the center)|
|Christ Church in Alexandria, VA|
|US Marines Memorial (Iwo Jima)|
|Iwo Jima from the west: Notice the US Capital and Washington Monument on the right.|
And he's not even the only one! There are lots of crypts, and it seems like every time you turn a corner there is a crypt of some kind. Why so many dead people???
|"Space" window in the National Cathedral|
|We ate at Ben's Chili Bowl: a U St. landmark since the 50's.|
AND, I have so much respect for him; At that time, money almost always had a picture of the person in power. But George eschewed the personal gratification, and featured Lady Liberty instead, so that all Americans could reflect on what makes our nation great: Liberty.
But, that was not even the best part. The best part was the part where I got to deepen my friendship with Carol. It was refreshing to spend time with her and her family - she made me feel like I was part of the family. And I am grateful.
Then I got to spend some time with my adopted sister, CherylLyn. She's not a sister by blood, but because my family has made her a part of our family. Even if she lives in Maryland now. :)
We also got to see a lot of neat places and things in the DC area. We went to Baltimore, and one of the Smithsonian Museums, and on a bus tour of the monuments after dark.
|A Baltimore Neighborhood|
|Me, as the president. HA!|
|CherylLyn as the president.|
|Sunset from the Jefferson Memorial|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial|
|Jefferson Memorial from across the tidal basin|
What a great time - great time with friends and family, great time seeing our nation's capital, great time just being together.
But as we walked out of the Smithsonian castle, there is another crypt - Smithson is buried there. Right there! Just to the right of the main doorway. And the person in the information center told me this like it was something great - "you can walk right up to Smithson's crypt!"
No thanks, there are dead people everywhere.