Friday Postcards from a Washington DC in Winter Getaway
Moving to a new city is never easy. When we arrived in Washington DC in winter all I wanted to do was walk around the city and get the lay of the land. The dropping temperatures suggested I should hibernate until spring though. Sadly, I have been listening to the temperatures more than I know I should.
My house is just so warm and cozy, plus we still have unpacking to do in the new house.
Washington DC in Winter
There was one thing that could get me out of the house and that was the Spinasaurus exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. It is leaving in the spring and I knew I had to get the boys to it. Our trip downtown had a few surprises in store for us.
After visiting the museum, we decided to walk over to the Washington Monument. I knew it was only a few blocks away and I needed some photos for an article I was writing for a magazine. We headed south expecting to eventually hit the mall. Instead we hit something else– the White House
Now, when you are thinking about Washington, D.C. you think of the Capital, the Washington Monument, war memorials and of course the White House. The pictures you see of the White House have a grand lawn and seem so far removed from life around the city, but low and behold as we cut through a square we wondered why the streets were cut off.
Oh, well it’s just the White House right there in the way.
We walked to the gates to snap a few photos, chatted with the Secret Service men and saw a high school basketball team take more photos than even my two year old could take on my iPhone in under a minute. Thanks to those helpful Secret Service men we were able to walk around the White House, past the U.S. Treasury, see the back of the White House (that’s where that big green lawn is) and finally get a peek at the Washington Monument.
Bumping into the White House was an unexpected treat. Seeing it without the massive crowds warmer weather brings was an added bonus. When we hopped on the metro that morning. We just thought we would see some old dinosaur bones and maybe a monument. Instead we saw a number of historic and politically important buildings too. I’m glad I came out of hibernation for a few hours. Not too shabby for a cold Washington DC in winter day.
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Winter at the Capital via ShutterStock.com