So I’ve been trying off and on for a couple years now to make it to the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial and the Air Force Memorial, which dominates the sky line in the same area. Spent an hour circling the Pentagon in my rental car once but never could find the place to park. Turns out, there wasn’t a place to park, and you need to park on the opposite side of 395 at the Crystal City Mall area and walk under the highway to get to the memorial. This past weekend was a beautiful sunny fall day and I managed to make my way over to the 9/11 memorial and the Air Force Memorial. Both were well thought out. Here’s a few photos from my trip.
The Air Force Memorial is just a short distance away, by car. I showed up just in time to be alone for a bit, before a few cars showed up. The memorial area is surrounded by sycamore trees and the parking area is really nice. The memorial stands over 200 feet tall, too tall to get into one photo so close. It was nicely done. Right when I left 3 tour buses showed up! The memorial is on a hill overlooking all of DC, so its a neat place to see.
For more information about the Air Force Memorial, visit the official site.
While on a trip to Washington DC this fall, I was able to take in a Washington nationals game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was supposed to be 1 game, but after the game was cancelled the day before due to rain (that was long gone by game time), I managed to get to see both games the next day. The first game started at 4pm, and the next after the end of the first game. I made it through the whole first game, and 6 innings of the second game. The park is really beautiful, and very large. Since the attendance to the first game was light, I was able to sit in many different areas of the stadium. I wouldn’t mind seeing a game there again some day. There are more photos that I took during the game in my flickr gallery.
On one of my business trips to Washington, I took the time to visit The Mall and view the monuments and museums in the Capital. I hadn’t been there since I was young. The mall was really long, but I walked up and down it. Saw the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, White House and more. It was hot, but I had a good time walking around and taking photos. Unfortunately, The Mall was all torn up as they were doing drainage work this year (thanks to Federal Stimulus money). On a later trip I would visit the air and space museum as well. As always there are additional photos in my flickr gallery, and a few here as well.
This summer my brother in law decided it was time to take my nephew Jeffrey to his first air show. The event he chose was the Joint Services Open House (JSOH 2012) at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington DC. The lineup was spectacular and the show was really great. The flight line was huuuge! Too much to see in one day really. I was impressed by the B-52 at the end of the runway. Even had a “Modernization Effort” display projecting usage through 2025. There were lots of neat aircraft on display and performing tricks. As always, the majority of my photos are available on my JSOH 2012 flickr page. Here’s a few on scaredycat too!