Sunday, September 28, 2008

Arlington

Arlington Cemetery has definately been our favorite place to visit so far. The feeling there is incredible. I did not expect to feel or to see what I did. It is an amazing place. I think even my little Zenock felt the peace that was present.... he was the best he has ever been and was so quiet and good, which is totally unlike him. Maybe the squirrels, birds, and rabbits running around everywhere kept him entertained.

I was in awe how quiet it was there and there were hundreds of people walking around.

I was amazed at how many gravestones there were... It was a humbling and thankful experience to walk among them. Especially knowing that either of my Grandpa's who served in wars could have had the same fate.


We have experienced a lot of JFK history in the past year... This is where it ends. He is buried under this memorial in Arlington. (Can I just say... what a view he has from here.)

Did I mention it was raining (down pouring) during our visit. We had a lot of fun playing in the rain. I loved this tree.

The Tomb of the Unknown... "Known But To God" I love that that is written on the side of the tomb. The guys who guard the tomb take what they are doing in such high honor. At the bottom of the post, is "The Changing of the Guard." JC and I were really excited to watch this, we watched it on The History Channel (yeah, we are dorks) one night and there is so much that goes on behind the scenes for these guys to even become guards. Their uniforms are inspected before they go on guard and they have to be perfect. It is really cool how serious they take it, even when it is raining.

The ampitheater behind the tomb is all marble. Awesome!

The doorway of the ampitheater...

This is a big circle and the columns go all the way around the theater.


The USS Maines' mast that was sunk at Havana Harbor

There are thousands.... I love how this picture turned out. You can see Washington Monument in the distance. It was a really foggy, misty day.

The Women in Service Memorial

The Women in Service Memorial (again) and above it is Arlington House. (Remodeled after Robert E. Lee's house.) We absolutely loved Arlington Cemetery and can't wait to go back. It is so peaceful.

On our way home we stopped at "Cheeseburger in Paradise" for a late lunch... This is the face we got after giving Zenock a pickle. Our waitress couldn't stop laughing.

Reading his books after we got home...

Helping dad work out.... (Anyone in or near Virginia want to buy a bowflex??? It is in great condition, we just don't need it anymore. There is one in our clubhouse.)

This is the Changing of the Guard we filmed while at Arlington. (It is about twelve minutes long or so, but pretty cool to watch if you haven't ever seen it.)


video

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was totally down pouring when I visited Arlington years ago, I think it always is there. Also, I don't think you are a dork for watching History Channel,I frequent the channel myself and the changing of the guards is amazing, did you know that all the guards have exactly the same body measurements, it is a requirement!
Mallory

The Johnsons said...

That is awesome. I am so jealous that you live close enough to see all of that stuff. You have inspired me to want to travel now! :)

smnorton said...

Hey it sounds like you guys are all settled and having a great time. I think it would be cool to see all the things you guys have. Maybe we will have to plan a trip out there. I hope next time you guys are in town we can get together!!

Brock and Somer Holt said...

Carin, it is so fun to see you guys at all the sights in DC! What a great place to be, I must say I get a little jealous looking at your pictures- DC holds a spot in my heart. Everything is so beautiful. It is great to keep up with you and your cute Zenock! Hope all is well, love you guys, Somer

Tanya said...

You guys honestly go to the neatest places. I am so jealous! How fun-I love the pictures, thank you for sharing!

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