It's not news that we won't be living in DC much longer. After I graduate, we plan to move to Austin as soon as the housing market allows us to do so. In the mean time, we decided that we should see as much as we can in the area before we leave. On the weekends with nothing planned, we pick something to do. I found an article online with 25 free things to do in DC, so we started there. There a few things on the list that we have already done, but there were some things I had never heard of. Kenilworth Park was one of the places I knew nothing about. Kenilworth Park is home to the last marshes in DC. We saw all kinds of flora and fauna during our visit on Mother's Day. There are supposedly a lot more plants in the summer, but the weather was just too good not to take advantage. You can actually canoe into the park during high tide, but we opted to drive. I don't know of any canoes equipped with car seats.
We saw some lotus flowers and lily pads.
We saw tadpoles swimming everywhere.
We saw a few families of geese too.
This weekend we went to Arlington Cemetery, which is the National Cemetery. Atom had already taken friends and relatives to visit, but I had yet to go myself. Again, the weather was perfect for heading outdoors. My mother and father are buried in a military cemetery in San Antonio, so I am familiar with the rows of identical white head stones. However, it doesn't come close in size or grandeur to the National Cemetery. We visited the popular grave sites: President Taft,
the Arlington House
and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
We also saw the grave of O.W. Holmes, my high school's namesake.
We watched the changing of the guards before we left. Watching the guards reminded me of my dad when he participated in the honor guard with the Shriners.
They ask for complete silence during the change of the guards and it is a very solemn ceremony. During the nicer weather months, it is done every 30 minutes. As you can see, the guards are dressed to the nines and I can't imagine how hot they get in the summer. If you would like to know more about the history of the Tomb of the Unknowns or the Changing of the Guards, you can read about it HERE.
One thing DC does not lack is history. This is the place where it all started. I really hope we can see everything we possibly can in the next couple of years.