Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: our fifth annual road trip became our first family road trip as we jettisoned our convention plans and took my son to scenic Washington DC to learn history and significance and architecture and so forth. We took a handful of photos using ye olde 35mm film when we weren’t busy corralling and entertaining the boy.
Day Five: Thursday, July 10, 2003. Our last full day in DC would once again be spent walking and walking and walking. We had more memorials and museums to check off, and only so much time to hit them all. We made the most of our options while we still had any energy remaining, and for as long as our feet would hold out after the previous two days’ calisthenics. As we would later find with our two New York City trips in 2011 and 2016, there are some major cities with too many attractions to cover in a single road trip no matter how many days you set aside for it. So we prioritized the number one attraction in the DC area and headed there first.
Right after this random space mural along the way, I mean.
Another walk to the nearest subway station and another ride south took us closer to that bastion of American democracy, the White House.
The White House looks splendid up close in the summertime when all the flowers are in bloom, according to this postcard we bought at the White House Visitors Center across the way. Two years after 9/11, that kind of friendly proximity wasn’t happening for us out-of-towners. No civilian was that big and no paranoia was too small.
Fellow ostracized tourists took turns taking the exact same photo of themselves next to the fence and the bushes, as well as that distant facade I remember from Benson, Doonesbury, and countless other entertainment options over the decades. We like to think we’ll return to DC someday when the coast is clear and the American population is no longer considered a threat.
From there we headed west and southwest toward some of the more famous fixtures and a few lesser known sculptures and architectural standouts.
Along the way we paused out of respect by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, one of the few landmarks commissioned and created entirely during our lifetime. Nearby are other statues of topical relevance.
To be continued…
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