Thursday, September 2, 2010

We the People

Last week Taylor and I had the privilege of spending several days in our nation's capitol while we were on a business trip with his company. He got lots of work/continuing education done, but we had THE best time seeing as much as we could possibly pack in to 4 days!

Our first fun stop after the flight in was a restaurant called the Old Ebbitt Grille, which is actually the oldest restaurant in DC. Here's a pic of us with our friends Charles and Katy. Charles and Taylor work together, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know these two. *Fun fact*: the walrus and antelope mounts behind us on the wall were animals taken by Teddy Roosevelt!

Then we headed to the DC Nationals baseball game. I love professional baseball! I decided that we pretty much couldn't get any more American than watching a professional baseball game in Washington, D.C.! Between two of the innings at the Nationals' games, they do what they like the call the "Presidential race": basically these giant mascot-like bobble-headed Presidents, including George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Thomas Jefferson all raced around the perimeter of the field. Pretty funny. Taylor, me, and good ole Teddy:

On Monday after Taylor's morning meetings, we headed to the Library of Congress and saw Thomas Jefferson's personal library. I thought this pic was pretty cool with the quote near the top and the books shelved behind it:

Then we moved on to the Capitol and the Washington Monument, followed by the National Air and Space Museum. One of the highlights for me was seeing the Wright Brothers' exhibit, complete with their original planes and extensive biographies of each brother as well as their family. I wish I could bring them back to life for a day and take them to an airport and let them look around. They'd be so proud! Good ole' Wilbur and Orville:

That night, after the welcome dinner with the company, we headed to a nearby restaurant with some friends to hang out. The setup was pretty impressive--it was right on the river, and there were steps leading down to a common area, with restaurants on the level above on either side, all with balconies. Apparently on Sunday nights the tradition in that area is to set up a giant projector screen and play an outdoor movie! Spiderman was playing when we got out on the balcony. It's sort of hard to visualize, so here's a pic:

We were hanging out on the balcony you can see on the left. Here's a pic of our sweet new friends, Katy and Charles:

And one of us:

If I put everything from the whole trip into this one post, it would be a mile long, so I am going to break it up and hopefully post the rest tomorrow! We got back from this trip last Thursday, and then turned right back around on Friday and headed up to Oxford for opening football weekend! We just got back home a couple of hours ago, so I am pretty beat. If you pay any attention at all to college football, you know how horrible things turned out for us yesterday in our game against Jacksonville State. But, as we Rebels like to say--we may not win every game, but we ain't never lost a party!! Better luck next time, Rebels!

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