Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Washington DC - Day 3

The weather changed today. It was very breezy and downright cold. Burrr....

I went to the Pentagon today. A young lady who grew up in our church works there now - she is in the Navy. She gave me a great tour. I was surprised by a couple of things. First, the building is not tall. It's only 4 stories high but it is huge. It is like a small city all by itself. Second, planes fly right overhead, all day long. Considering what happened there on 9/11, I was taken aback by that.

I wasn't allowed to take any pictures and that made me sad as I passed the halls where many beautiful quilts were hanging. These have been made by families and organizations and even children as a way of remembering the victims of 9/11. They were absolutely beautiful and each one symbolized so much love and pain. I could have gazed at them all day long.

The newly built memorial is beautiful too. It was hard to walk through the rows of benches and read the names and know how much they are missed.

This evening my sister and I went to the movie, The Secret Life of Bees. We really enjoyed it. I have never read the book and since I always think the books are better, I'm going to look for it at the used book store.

And we haven't yet decided what's on the docket for tomorrow, but we are tossing around a couple of ideas. It will either be one of the Smithsonian's or the National Archives. We walked past the National Archives tonight on our way to the theater and it looks just live the cover of National Treasure!


Dawn said...

I am just reliving my days there - I didn't get to see the Pentagon, but everything else you've seen - except yarn stores, of course.

The Holocaust Museum - just what you said.

The Smithsonian of American History - is that the one with Archie Bunker's chair and Fonzie's leather jacket? I think it is. Such fun!

I know what you mean about conquering the metro - you feel so continental! And the socks - that happens to me all the time when I walk a lot.

Well, enjoy the rest of your time --

Kathy S. said...

Wow, travelin' sister!! You did it again! And so soon! What a great trip, just you and your sister!

I am still amazed at the knitting you do!

Karen said...

I'm thinking of my time in D.C., taking mental notes of the things you're seeing that I didn't get to see. The American History museum is wonderful -- I remember seeing the display of the first ladies' inaugural gowns. It must have been very moving to see the memorial at the Pentagon. Just seeing the picture makes me sad.