During the last week of August, my wife and I traveled to Alexandria, Virginia to see our daughter, son-in-law, and one-and-only grandchild. Our 5-year-old grand-daughter had visited us in our home for a couple of weeks earlier this summer, so we thought it was about time to see her again, right?
The family recently moved back to the Washington, D.C. area, and I don't think I'll ever tire of visiting our nation's capital. I visited with my parents once or twice when I was a teenager, and then later my brother lived there, prompting another visit. As I stated earlier, my daughter and son-in-law also lived there previously, so while we're not frequent visitors to the area, we have been there a few times.
On most of our trips we usually visit at least one of the Smithsonian Museums as well, and on this trip, my wife and I had a day out with our granddaughter at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where we got a chance to view displays including dinosaur skeletons, an enormous collection of natural gems and minerals, artifacts of early man, an insect zoo, a live coral reef and much more. We also went to see "The Smurfs Movie" and enjoyed that (except for the prices, of course). Janet and I also had a day to ourselves and elected to spend that day visiting the "new" attraction - in this case, the Martin Luther King Memorial. The MLK memorial was supposed to have had its dedication ceremony on the day after we arrived, but that was postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Irene. As it turned out, Irene pretty much missed the D.C. area, and it would have been a pretty nice day to have had the ceremony. As it was, we went down to the Mall a couple of days later and were very impressed by the tribute to Dr. King. The memorial is set on the edge of the Tidal Basin, which is a small body of water which is located within the area on which numerous monuments and memorial structures are located on Washington's famous Mall. After completing our visit at the MLK Memorial, since it was a nice day. we continued our walk around the Mall and visited the FDR Memorial, which we had also never seen. My wife and I were surprised at the size of this tribute to FDR, as we were under the mistaken belief that he memorial was simply a statue of the President. It, however, much more. The FDR Memorial covers 7 acres of ground, and has two waterfalls, several famous Roosevelt quotes etched on a series of walls, and a statue of FDR's wife Eleanor and a tribute to her service as the United States' Ambassador to the U.N. in the 1960s. We decided to continue our walk just a little further and visit the one Washington D.C. memorial we had never visited previously, the Jefferson Memorial, stopping for a bite to eat at a sandwich stop along the way.
As you can see from the photos, I am not above (or below, as the case may be) posing with people of greater stature than I.