Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Travel: D.C. for the Holidays

Somehow I racked up over a hundred hours of vacation at work. With the year winding down, I figured it was time to commit to a trip. So I booked a ticket and flew out to spend the Thanksgiving weekend visiting my friend Emily in Washington D.C.

Along with Emily's parents and boyfriend Adam, we checked out a few of the must-sees in the area starting with George Washington's digs, Mt. Vernon.
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Some of the animals (yes a camel!) living on the grounds of Mt. Vernon. Apple the turkey is one of the birds that President Obama pardoned this year. After the holidays Apple will be moved to a special pen where he will live out his days with his brother, Cider!
Mt. Vernon animals

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After Mt. Vernon we made it over to Arlington National Cemetery. We were lucky with a little left over fall color. It really is a moving experience.
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A view of the Washington Monument from Arlington. Can you see it? Right in the middle.
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The sky as the evening sets in on a long day!
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A view of the Capitol building from a terrace deck at the Newseum in downtown D.C.
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Special thanks to Emily and Adam! Thanks for showing me a great time and being great friends!
Em and Adam

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  1. Oooh...LOVE this post Mel!! You know, the first time I was at Mount Vernon, I was in the fourth grade. My dad bought me this book there and then I went and lost it on the tour bus we were on back in the city. So then, bless his heart, he DROVE US BACK the next day so I could get another.

    Random story, but fond memories.