Sunday, August 22, 2010

10 miles of sight seeing

Today I successfully killed two birds with one stone. I went out and accomplished the ever intimidating 10 mile run. I also managed to do a significant amount of sightseeing throughout the city. I took my time and would stop my watch when I stopped running in order to get a more accurate idea of what pace I was at, but I wasn't really concerned. I started the run off by passing through the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. To be honest, I didn't love any of sculptures there, but I really did like the Wish Tree. It reminded me of the Post Secret project. I could have spent half the day reading the wishes but unfortunately the garden was my first top and I have plenty of running left.















After the garden, I continued along the mall and headed towards the Potomac park. Due too all the rain (I assume) the walkway along the river was flooded in many areas, but the road wasn't terribly busy so I continued down towards the end of the peninsula. At the end I hung out on some picnic tables and watched the airplaes at Reagan National Airport take off and land. It was so peaceful, again, I could have stayed all day- but I was only 4 miles in with 6 left to go so I ventured back out of the park.





At the very end of the park is the George Mason memorial. Which surprisingly was completely empty. This memorial was probably my second favorite throughout the run. I enjoy how simple it is, especially against all of the beautiful but massive monuments for Lincoln, Jefferson, & Washington.





As expected the Jefferson Memorial was busy. The view was gorgeous despite the construction in the Tidal Basin.





The Jefferson memorial & the White House face each other, which I had never noticed during any of my mall runs.





I LOVE the FDR Memorial. It is very simple but has various quotes engraved into the stone throughout the park. My favorite is difficult to read but it states
"More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginnings of all war."











I would LOVE to see someone running like this



Korean War Memorial









Where Martin Luther King Jr stood when he gave his "I have a dream speech" (which is actually 47 years ago as of 8/28/10)




Vietnam Memorial





Final picture as the sun was setting and the moon was rising. DC is a beautiful city.
-xjcar

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