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    This is my nation's Capitol Building.

    Oh and that's Hayden and my dad. They are not the point of this story though.  My point is the Capitol and statues.

    The Capitol building is big.

    It is historic.

    It is beautiful.

    If you're going to visit it, I highly recommend you register for a tour.

    I also highly recommend that you do not pack a lunch.  For if you do, the security guards will tell you that you can not bring it in and you will be forced to either throw it away or eat it right there whether you are hungry yet or not.

    The inside of the building is chock full of amazing architectural details.  I'll save those for another day because again, my point here is the statues.

    Each of the fifty states provides two statues which are located in various spots throughout the building.

    The statues may be of anyone the state chooses but it must be made of either marble or bronze.

    Most of them are boring.


    This one was a good effort, but is having four women on the same statue cheating?

    Admittedly, I got a little excited at the statue of Ronald Reagan.  Rich and I liked that guy and the era enough that the name stuck with us.

    All the way up until 1995.

    She posed for that picture without protest.  It was a rare and glorious moment.

    This is Hawaii's statue.

    Hawaii pretty clearly violated the "marble or bronze only" mandate but doing so gives them far and away the best statue so someone let it slide.

    Good call.

    After we left the capitol building, we decided to walk the National Mall to see the memorials.  This was a terrible decision.  My research tells me that this is a 2 mile walk but if felt like 22 miles.  Perhaps all the passing joggers were discouraging to me?

    Note:  there are an alarming number of sweaty, half-dressed people running up and down our nation's seat of power. 

    I did not take picture of them.

    You're welcome.

    By the time we made it to the Washington Memorial Reagan's ankle was too sore for her to continue.

    Or so she said.  It's hard to tell with those boots on if anything is swollen.

    We took her at her word though and she and Rich caught a cab back to where the car was parked.

    I tried not be jealous.

    My dad and I went on with Hayden and Faith to see, by far, the most impressive statue of the day.

    The Lincoln Memorial may be the biggest and most impressive of all the statues we saw that day, but it was not our favorite.

    Our favorite was found tucked into a little park on a corner across the street where we waited for Rich and Reagan to pick us up.

    The Einstein Memorial.

    Who knew that Einstein was such a cute and cuddly guy?

    You've got to love a statue whose lap is just right for perching on.

    Hayden hopes to be an inventor one day so who knows?  Perhaps, in the future, this shot will seem like an insightful glimpse.

    That was my reasoning as I took it.

    It was that same reasoning that kept me from taking Hayden's picture in front of the Unabomber's cabin at the Newseum.

    Good parents are always thinking ahead!

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    Reader Comments (23)

    I love DC, but I think my favorite "statue" if you wanna call it that is the Korean War Memorial of soldiers marching forward and the detail that it depicts. I find especially haunting in the winter when it snows as the snow covers up their feet and you get a real sense of the march soldiers make.

    I loved looking at your pictures. It brought back so many memories. I know the statues at the Capitol are there for a reason, but you're right, so many of them are boring. My favorite statue is DC was of Roosevelt in his wheelchair. It shows his strength even though, he had physical adversity.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLorrie

    I have always, always adored the Einstein memorial! It is by far my favorite DC statue as well. I was hard pressed to see it the first three times I visited DC, something about my aunt and uncle working for NASA forced us into the Air and Space museum EVERY time we went to DC! *sigh*

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

    Stephanie - that's a classic!

    Lorrie - the day we were going to see that one, it was pouring rain. Maybe next time.

    Elizabeth - we always have to go to that one too. I'm over it.

    November 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterMindee

    I loved Washington, DC! I went on a tour for teachers, so we got to see some of the things at the Capitol and other places that you don't normally get to see. It was so much fun! We were there for five days, but that wasn't nearly enough time to see everything. I really enjoyed your pictures.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

    That's a great pic of the H-man with Einstein. Where he is sitting it looks like Einstein is looking down upon his future, just not in mathematics.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRich!

    Our Reagan's namesake is the same as yours!! Who'd a thunk it??

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatti Smith

    GREAT blog post, wonderful photos, I LOVE reading your blog Mindee. You ROCK!!!! Glad you survived DC, there is a LOT of walking to be done there. The last time I was there was in 1986. I had 6 hours to see what I wanted to see. I was younger, thinner and covered a lot of ground that day. I didn't have time to go inside the Capitol building though. I did the Smithsonian instead. Maybe next time I go back to DC (I can always dream can't I) I will be able to tour the Capitol building and the White House.

    Oh, are right about the Lincoln Memorial, awesome. It is so HUGE!

    Did you go to "The Wall"? I find that heartbreaking but then I knew some of the people behind the names inscribed on "The Wall."

    Ciao Bella,


    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArdee-ann

    Katie - teaching does have some perks, doesn't it?

    Rich - he's better at it than either you or I. Thank heavens for recessive genes.

    Patti - Were your parents as not thrilled as ours were?

    AA - Maybe you can go with your grandbabies. Everything is fun when seen through the eyes of a child.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMindee

    Hello Sir Hawaii, yes he sure looks a little more festive then the others. Love Reagan near Reagan. Glad your back safe.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah C

    I loved this! How in the world did you get such great pics with no random strangers in them? Were you out at 5:30 in the morning?!
    I am so very glad that no one puked on your trip around the capital/capitol. :) I am, of course, thinking of our own recent adventure there. Like any good, self-centered blogger...haha.
    It looks like so much fun! And not only does the Hawaii statue win for being the snazziest, but he also had a kick-butt name.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

    Cool statues indeed. I've never seen that cool Einstein one before. The size of it! Oh, the scrapbooking possibilities. That is really all I think about....and chocolate.

    November 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

    Great pics! Looks like a fun trip! Minus the walking of course.

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLatrice

    My mother set down her backpack in the middle of the capital building to take pictures and walked away from it. A security guard walked to the middle of the hall and loudly requested that whomever brought the backpack needed to pick it up immediately!

    I was 15 and about died. Seriously I almost DIED! : )

    My favorite statue was (I think) the second one from Hawaii of the missionary who had leprosy. If you saw it you wouldn't forget it because it was a contemporary style so the statue looks like a robot.

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie B

    Well, I think you know how much I love the statues and other monuments around here! :) I can never pick my favorite, but I think the WWII monument is at the top of the list.

    You lucky dog, you. We're going home tomorrow, we missed it all! When we come back for Christmas, I'll have to make notes.

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermissy jill

    I live in the DC area now and have lived near DC my whole life and I've never been to see all that stuff. Why note? That Einstein statue looks awesome

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlexandria

    Sorry you're not feeling well today. Those statues are impressive. Can you imagine driving next to the Einstein statue as it's being transported?! That would be crazy.

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey

    Thank you for helping me retrieve all of the pictures, loved your post!
    Could you possibly send me the last one, of Hayden and Einstein? I may
    enlarge that for a Christmas present for the boy -

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom/Grandma

    love the statue, love the photo. love the logic!

    November 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

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