Man Cub and I have lived in the D.C. metropolitan area for just over a year now. In that time, we have not done a tour of the National Mall. While it may confuse some people as to why it was not at the top of my list, I will say, it’s because Man Cub decided years ago he was not going to use a stroller anymore, and I didn’t want to chase him, single-handedly, as he ran from one monument to the next.
And, although he doesn’t want to use his stroller, and since I always try to be prepared, I know realistically if he falls asleep (as is par-for-the-course while eating french fries at the Air & Space Museum), I would have to carry him sans stroller. I take his stroller “just in case” – anyone tried to chase down a toddler, with a stroller in tow, among throngs of people in a crowded area? Not a recipe for success – I guarantee!
This past weekend, we hosted family in town, and seeing the monuments and National Mall were on their D.C. bucket list. We started out the day at the National Air & Space Museum, and finished the day at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown D.C.
Man Cub slept in his stroller for all of 1.0 miles of our 4.3 mile journey. The length of the journey was calculated using GoogleMaps. He walked over 3.3 miles on his own – given how much track we tread in the Air & Space Museum, and the steps he took at the various Metro stations.
I hope you enjoy the pictures of some of our travels this past weekend:
I have been to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum a handful of times now. This is the first time I have noticed the National Congressional Gold Medal that was presented to the Tuskegee Airmen. Given that one of the Tuskegee Airmen passed away during this past month, I was struck by having found it this trip to the museum.
I briefly eavesdropped on a tour guide, giving her spiel to her tour group at the Vietnam Memorial. Given the readjustment counseling I did during grad school, I could perhaps be likened to a protective animal when it comes to this monument. So, I always keep an ear out for what is said about Vietnam, its veterans, and their memorial.
Apparently, the Vietnam Memorial was not/is not without controversy: the stones used to create the Memorial were brought over from England. The Vietnam Memorial is the only memorial on the Mall that is not made from stone in the United States. Others disliked how the Wall is not a grandiose memorial, and instead is carved into the side of a hill. The other lesson I learned is reflected in the picture below – the Vietnam Memorial hosts the statues of three service members, one of whom is white, the other is black, and the third is hispanic. This was the first statue of “persons of color” included on the National Mall. And, those were her words in quotes, not mine:
Man Cub was introduced to the White House. Perhaps he will want to run for President someday – I, however, hope politics isn’t in his future!
The Metro Ride back to the car was a relaxing one for Man Cub. While he didn’t sleep on the Metro this time, the feet say it all!