Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
81Trip End Nov 12, 2007
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After our Monument visit we headed off to lunch in a huge building complex - the Ronald Regan & International Trade Building - we had been told there was a Food court under it and we were all starved. Well, what a pain to get in! More security - this time we had to show the guard our drivers licence before going through the whole x-ray/metal detector stuff - just to go down to the food court!
After lunch we trekked across a few city streets in the direction of the White House. Josh and I decided to go into the White House Information Centre - would you believe, MORE security - at an Information Centre!!??? Not much information there either. Anyway, we made it around to the front of the White House. Well, at least the large cast iron spiked fence that surrounded the garden & front face of the White House! We took the obligatory photos of us in front of it, under the eye of two serious-faced police officers who were leaning against their car across the road and instructing tourists NOT to take photos of them...So we kept walking! We were going to buy us all an iceblock at one of the many stalls lining the pavement - only to discover they were charging $2 for the cheapest iceblock - so we decided to keep plodding on
It boggles the mind and was just so sad.
The Lincoln Memorial was beautiful, but very crowded with tourists jostling for a photograph with the monster size Honest Abe. It was a little hard appreciate the size of the statue and to contemplate the Gettysburg Address & Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address that was carved into the walls. To answer some of the questions in the kid's Ranger booklets we had to walk around the Memorial to the back, and it was lovely and peaceful there - not somewhere most tourists would think to go.
We saw the Washington Monument reflected in the 'Reflecting Pool' - that was an unforgettable sight. Back at the WWII Memorial we handed the kid's Ranger books in - a bit of a disappointment as the Ranger didn't even open them to check all their hard work! Still, they got a badge each, with "National Mall" Junior Ranger on it, so they were both happy - plus they got to keep the booklet with their little pictures & the poem they wrote. By that time it was about 4.30 & we only had enough energy to make it back to the Subway. We never made it to the National Museum of Natural History, so we'll have to leave that for next time...!
(By the way... the title 'Forrest, Forrest!' was from the movie "Forrest Gump" - remember the scene when Jenny was wading through the Reflecting Pool to get to Forrest?!)