More DC Day 4: A Monumental Bike Ride

It was a lovely spring afternoon, so we decided to rent bikes to tour the National Mall and memorial parks. Along with all the other tourists! It took us three stops at bike rentals before we found bikes. We rode them all over! Without a doubt, this is the ideal way to cover a lot of ground and see a lot of neat stuff. After three hours our bums were definitely sore! We saw the White House as well as ALL of the monuments and memorials (Washington, Lincoln, WWII, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War, MLK, FDR, and Jefferson). Whew! We declared MLK to be our favorite because it was simple, on the tidal basin, and surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms. I couldn’t decide whether to be in front leading the bike pack or stay behind and be the caboose, so I did a little of both. When in front, I heard a curious incident behind me. My panic rising, I envisioned skinned elbows and knees. I quickly circled back to find Lou entangled in an unsuspecting street vendor’s lanyard collection. Apparently some pedestrians didn’t yield their right of way and forced Lou to swerve. Luckily, no blood! She wasn’t hurt, and lanyards aren’t fragile. But when they’re strewn all over the ground and entangled in handlebars like streamers on a little girl’s bike, they are funny!

National Mall

The empty lawn of the Mall. Remember the overflowing Women’s March when not a single blade of grass was visible?

White House

Meh! The girls were thoroughly unimpressed with the White House. At least the exterior. We tried to get tickets to tour the interior but they were too backlogged from Melania’s lengthy transition. The girls much preferred the perennial protestors across the street at Lafayette Park, especially the guy loudly beating on his bucket with a complete lack of rhythm.

Washington, DC memorials

WWII Memorial

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Bike ride around monuments

We highly recommend renting bikes. Just watch out for the attacking lanyards.

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Vietnam Veterans Memorial (thank you Grandpa for your service!)

Washington, DC memorials

Washington, DC memorials

Korean War Veterans Memorial 

Washington, DC memorials

I spy Oakley!

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with the Washington Monument in the background
 
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Washington, DC memorials
 
Washington, DC memorials
 
 
 
Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC memorials
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
 
Look closely for the photo bomber in these pics. All Lou. All the time. She’s a beaver in this one.
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments
 
Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Tidal Basin Cherry Blossoms

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Washington, DC memorials

MLK Memorial

Washington, DC memorials

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Washington, DC memorials

FDR Memorial
 
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Closeup of FDR’s dog Fala (guess who took this pic?)
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Washington, DC memorials
 
Washington, DC memorials

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Aspen memorialed out. Send help!

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Jefferson Memorial
 
Washington, DC memorials

Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Monuments

Washington Monument through the cherry blossoms

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