Sunday, July 1, 2018

Mr. Mac Goes To Washington

Ages ago, when I was in eighth grade, I went on a class trip to Washington DC. I don't remember much about the trip. I remember that we traveled by bus, Kathy Young got crapped on by a pigeon at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial was jam packed, Ford's theater was closed, the Washington Monument was awesome and we spent way too much time outside the Capitol waiting to get in. I also remember my friend Matt and I leading a protest when we found out that the lady entertaining our group during our inter-school mixer party wasn't actually Madonna, but was an impersonator. Matt and I nearly got sent home over that.

I'd been wanting to get back to Washington DC for quite some time, and a little Summer trip seemed
like a good opportunity to do so. With my daughter in tow, we jumped on a plane and now we're staying within walking distance of the National Mall. We're practically surrounded by museums, monuments and other attractions.

Of course, the first thing we did after dropping our bags at the hotel and scarfing down some lunch was head out to the Washington Monument. I had planned to go up in it again, but, alas, it was not to be. The Washington Monument is closed until sometime in 2019. The monument has been plagued by problems since an earthquake damaged it back in 2011. It has been closed various times since then in order to fix different issues with the structure. As of this writing, The Washington Monument has been closed in order to modernize its elevator.

Even though it is closed, it's still a very awe-inspiring structure to look at. At 555 feet tall, it's the world's tallest stone structure and the world's largest obelisk. Most of all, it's a fitting tribute to our first President.

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