While we were at the WWII monument, the skies began to darken in a way that did not necessarily indicate night. Then the lightning began to flicker in the distance. Suddenly, the Lincoln Memorial, with it’s sturdy roof, seemed like a compelling place to be.
When you are walking past the Reflecting Pool, pause for a moment between references to all the movies that you’ve seen it in to look back and snap a picture. The WWII Memorial frames the Washington Monument quite well.
As the thunder grew louder and the lightning flashed closer, we hustled to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. From here, we (all the tourists huddled under the roof) all oohed and ahhed with each new flash of lightning. I’ve seen the fireworks on the 4th of July in D.C. and I think Mother Nature put on a show that was just as good … it even included a Grand Finale.
Ironically, as we hung out for a good 45 minutes with Lincoln, Mat and Carol bumped into Mat’s cousin from Chicago. She was also hanging out and avoiding the rain. Neither of them knew the other was going to be in D.C. for the weekend. Weird, huh?
Finally, the rain let up, and we took the a route that would take us past the Korean Memorial and at least give us at least a glimpse of the Jefferson Memorial before we headed home.
The soldiers in the Korean Memorial look very real at night after a storm … like they are emerging from the mist in the jungle. They were the only ones prepared for the weather!
We almost skipped the Jefferson Memorial, because we were all getting a bit tired by this point … can’t remember who said it, but someone said, “well, it’s just like the Lincoln Memorial … only it’s a different guy and a circular building.”
It is quite pretty reflecting on the water. This picture doesn’t do it justice.
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