Washington, D.C. | a sneak peak

Y’all, this fat girl is TIREDDDDDDDDDD. Ohmygoodnessgraciousgollygeez. I think I’ve walked 100 miles since yesterday morning. Of course, I can’t forget to mention that D.C. is experiencing a RECORD HEAT WAVE this week. Sonofabiscuit, it’s really hot, y’all!!!!!

I’m keeping this short because Husband and I are going to dinner soon, but I had to share some of the photos I’ve taken in the D.C. area. Yesterday, I opened the gate of Mount Vernon (George Washington’s estate). No joke, I was literally standing outside the Texas Gate waiting for somebody to welcome me to the property. While waiting, and hoping no one was watching from behind a tree ( or worse! ) a security camera, I used the self-timer on my camera to take a photo of myself. It was quite the event, let me tell you. At least I got one worthwhile shot in the endeavor. Inside the welcome center, I watched a video, narrated by Pat Sajek (Wheel of Fortune, anyone?), inside a 200-seat auditorium. It was a private showing just for me! Later on,
I enjoyed a “private” cruise on the Potomac River via the Spirit of Mount Vernon.
Seriously, I was the only person on the boat!!!!!!

After spending the morning with George Washington (not literally, you know he’s dead, right?),
I drove to Arlington National Cemetary. I had to make a detour because I got confused at a traffic circle and went the wrong way. I eventually got to where I wanted to go though. Darn road signs in bad locations! The cemetary was crowded but I walked to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and watched the Changing of the Guard.

This morning, I left early – butt crack of dawn kind of early – and a very nice man from the facility drove me to the METRO train station, about 10 minutes away. I boarded the “red” line and rode the train into D.C. I can’t say enough *GOOD* things about public transportation, especially transit/people movers. Buy a ticket, board a train, and off you go. Whoever developed that concept was genius. I spent the morning walking around the ENTIRE National Mall (and now have the blisters on my feet to prove it!) and was in line to go inside the National Archives before 10:00am. I can now say that I’ve seen the original Declaration of Independance,
the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I also saw the original Magna Carta. Very. Cool. Stuff.

I ate lunch at Old Ebbit Grill and the crab cakes were DEEEEEEEEEEE-lish. They were so good I had two. I ordered a side salad thinking it would be small, but it was as big as my head.
The citrus vinegarette was tasty too. And Helen was my waitress. She was super-duper cool and awesome and helpful and insightful and diligent and attentive and concerned about my allergy and friendly and nice and wonderful …. if you know Helen that works at OEB, tell her I said hello. Thanks. Oh, and the plush velvet seat cushions felt oh-so-heavenly on my tired-tush.

Was that too much information?

After lunch, I went to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church for its mid-week worship service at noon. I listened to some great music, a powerful sermon, and met some fantastic folks. I was so engrossed by the old architecture, stained glass windows, and pleasant conversation, that I didn’t take a single photograph. EPIC FAIL.

Did I mention that I walked 21249481 miles today?

Alright, that’s all you’re gonna get tonight. I’m starving and Husband is ready to leave for supper. I hope you’re having a fan-tabulous week wherever you are and staying cool. I was told by two separate individuals to take this heat back to Texas ASAP. It was cool and comfortable last week but as soon as the Texans arrive, the mercury goes above 100. Don’t worry, folks, we’ll be gone before the weekend!

~ Nicole ~

 

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  1. Holly June 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I love DC!!! Can’t wait to see the rest of your trip 🙂

    • Nicole June 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      Hey Holly! D.C. is definitely a worthwhile destination, I’m so grateful that my Husband’s job/employer allowed me to come. This has been awesome. Hope you’re well.

      Best,
      Nicole

  2. wilma June 20, 2012 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Nicole,
    Its even hot here in Michigan. Yesterday was 98, today was 96.. So its hitting all of us.. Supposed to cool down this weekend.
    Love the pictures and your descriptions of D.C…. sounds like a lot of walking, but you make it sound fun.. have a safe trip
    xo
    Wilma

    • Nicole June 20, 2012 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Walk. Seriously Wilma, this is a WALKING city!!!!! There are lots of bicyclists too, and the public transportation is one of the best systems. I’m having a GREAT time.

      Best,
      Nicole

  3. Celeste Zachry June 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Isn’t it the case that we’re ALWAYS blamed when we travel and it’s hot elsewhere? Well, it’s been quite lovely here at home.

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos!

    • Nicole June 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      Celeste, you’re so right. Even in Haiti last year, the group from Texas was blamed for the week of drought, extreme high temps, and humidity. GO FIGURE!!!! hahahaha

      Love ya – Miss ya – See ya soon
      N

  4. Jennifer Higgins June 21, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Those crab cakes look wonderful!!! Thanks for taking all of us with you to DC. You might want to stay up there a little while longer. It is supposed to be 100+ all next week.lol I can’t wait to hear all about the rest of the trip and see all the pictures

    • Nicole June 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm - Reply

      Hey Jennifer! I talked to Mom this morning while waiting for the METRO train and she admitted to *WANTING* to lick the screen when she saw those crabcakes. They. Were. Dee. Lish. Ohmygosh, I could have eaten a dozen and made myself sick!!!!!!!!

      ~N

  5. atreegrowsinbklyn June 21, 2012 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Great post. I’ve been to DC for business and please and I too am amazed by the amount of walking one can manage in such a small city. Great photos and don’t worry about missing the shots at the church. You were in fellowship and making memories which are far more important than photos.

    Thanks for sharing.

    P.S The DC heat has made its way to NYC as you say – sonofabiscuit! 🙂

  6. Jody Johnson June 21, 2012 at 11:05 am - Reply

    I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying our nation’s capitol, Nicole. We missed you at bible study but you made my day with your enthusiastic report and great photography. Enjoy!

    • Nicole June 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Awww, thanks for missing me! I hated missing Bible study though, I need to catch up before next week! We’ve had a wonderful trip, but we’re both ready for our own bed at home.

      Best,
      Nicole

  7. Nicole June 21, 2012 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Such a awesome place. Glad you were able to experience it!

  8. Jen Russum June 21, 2012 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Yay! I’ve only been to DC once on a day trip. I need to go back and see all the many things I missed! I love history and being an American!

    • Nicole June 22, 2012 at 7:57 am - Reply

      Hey Jen! You definitely, positively, absolutely MUST return to D.C. for several days. As much as I saw, I still missed a bunch!!! It’s not a city you can “see” in a day or two. Talking to the locals, specificallly a student at George Washington University, the best time to visit is the fall when school is back in session, the weather is cooler, and the tourists have gone home.

      Have a great weekend!
      ~Nicole

  9. Cecelia Futch June 22, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I love DC. We lived there until about a year ago and there are things about the district that I still miss. And Mt. Vernon is my favorite place to spend an afternoon! I love your photos and the memories they evoke.

    • Nicole June 23, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Awww, thanks Cecelia! I really enjoyed the trip (more pictures coming soon … promise!) and Mount Vernon (dare I say?!) was my favorite. Early American history was always my favorite period to study in school, and how much more American can you get than George Washington?! The estate is absolutely gorgeous, I had no idea it was owned and operated by the Ladies Association in MV. They’ve done a remarkable job renovating the grounds to their original condition, everything is immaculate!

      Best,
      Nicole

  10. margaretfeinberg June 22, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    hahahaahaha! your opening paragraph made me laugh out loud!!! thanks for bringing a smile to my Friday-weary face

    • Nicole June 23, 2012 at 11:25 am - Reply

      LOL thanks, Margaret!!! DC was a blast (for me) and I can’t wait to post more pictures …. stay tuned!
      P.S. Thank you for your super sweet thank-you card. It was in the stack of mail I opened last night and made me smile real big. You’re so sweet and kind and generous and a jewel to call my friend. I’ll be putting something in the mail for you Monday, I promise!

      Best,
      Nicole

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