Lots of pics. Not much to narrate other than we had to say goodbye to a few ladies throughout the day as some went on Sunday. I wanted to clone myself to participate in the Equality Day march, but instead we had tickets to be up on the Washington Monument so I had to be content to takes pics OF the march from up there.
If you click on the photo above to see it full sized, check out the large crowd in the street to the right with the tell tale rainbow flag in the middle of it all. Yep, there’s the marchers! Also the tent in front of the White House is the one we saw being put on while we were there Saturday morning. It was for a Latin music concert they had the following Tuesday night.
Yes, the reflecting pool was green. Ew. Actually, later in the day from a different angle it looked a lot better.
Click on this one too to see it larger – in front of the LM are the Breast Cancer 3 Day podiums. The walk was finishing up just to the right on the memorial, and then the closing ceremonies were going to be held on the steps of the Lincoln. Quite the busy day in DC eh? Crazily enough, we NEVER felt surrounded by crowds in the least. The place is plenty big enough for everything. Still, thinking of it all as it looked on Inauguration Day now REALLY awes me. Because it IS a huge area and to think of just how PACKED it was. Stunning.
And obviously into the sun at that point 😉 We didn’t make it across the water to the JM so this was my best view of it.
The Marchers are on the left coming around to the steps of the Capitol. The Smithsonian Castle from an earlier post is on the right.
This is the side of the Capitol where the inauguration took place. The pics from our tour were taken on the other side. The Supreme Court is on the left and the National Archives on the right just behind.
Just imagine all that open space I just posted with people packed shoulder to shoulder on a cold day in January. It’s really a breathtaking thing to imagine now that I’ve seen just how very very large the area is.
And since these photos too almost 90 mins to upload (!!!) this will have to end it. One more small post with just a few photos and the promised group shot will end the DC report. Thanks for your patience as I document this really fabulous weekend.
Oh yeah, for dinner that night we were too lazy to MOVE (you see all that ground I posted pics of? We walked it!!) so we just ate at the restaurant Sunday night. Probably the best part of that was a moment when those of us with iPhones randomly asked “Hey, do you Bump?!” Yes, we are all geeks ;-))
Great photos! Good on all of you for all that walking and history and friendship!
How did you manage to do so much in so little time?
What is that, “bump?”
HAH! We are travel warriors! Seriously it did seem like I’d walked in a 3-day & the metro also made it possible to scoot around easily. Plus, DC is pretty compact. But yeah, we were wiped out each day!
Bump is an iPhone app which allows you to “bump” phones and exchange contact info with each other. It’s way cool (and kinda dirty sounding!).
Awesome photos of DC! I’ve never been there, but really want to go. (Especially after reading The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.)
ooooh- you missed my book review on that one just before my trip eh? (HATED it!)
Make sure you talk to someone who has been before you do plan a trip. It’s amazing and wonderful and there is just so much to do, but even then, more was possible if we had known how to tackle things better. A cooperative congressional representative is key 🙂