We pretty much saw EVERYTHING while we were there & ended up walking about 7-8 miles on Sunday seeing the sights. (we were pretty wiped out that night, good thing we've been getting in shape lately... sort of.)
We actually started off our day at National Community Church led by Mark Batterson (also author of the pimp book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day). They meet in theaters across DC, but their main location is the Phoenix Theater IN Union Station which is right in the heart of DC, just a few blocks from Capitol Hill. Really cool to see a church gathering right in the heart of their culture!
On Sunday night we hit up Ebeneezer's Coffeehouse which National Community Church established in '06 & is owned & operated by them still. In fact, they were voted the #1 coffee house in DC in 2006! That's pretty awesome!!! Ebeneezer's also serves as a venue for 2 Saturday night worship gatherings.
We walked around all day to see the historic sights...
the Captiol building
the Library of Congress - i REALLY wanted to go inside for a few hours because of my addiction to books, but they were closed on Sunday of course.
the Washington Monument
the Smithsonian Museums... too many to see in one day so we opted for the Air & Space and the Natural History Museum (Crystal had to see the Hope Diamond & that's me "flying" the 1st ever airplane).
And of course, the White House
*actually, while we were standing in front of the White House the news crew from the local Fox station interviewed Crystal & me. Pretty crazy. Interviewed us about politics - which we know nothing about. Who's Ralph Nader anyway? (JK)
They just put 5 second clips of each of us on the news... Crystal looks great but I look pretty dumb & goofy with a weird laugh (hope I don't always laugh like that). If you want some ammo to make fun of us you can watch the news clip here. we're a couple minutes into the segment.
*Sunday night we ate at the famous Old Ebbitt Grill which is just a block over from the White House. It was established in 1856 and has been the favorite restaurant of many of the presidents. Really good food too.
On Monday we went out to Arlington Cemetary in the afternoon. Crystal really enjoyed it and got a lot of cool pics. I would have been fine just to see the pics vs. spending a few hours of my afternoon there - but remember - "happy wife, happy life!"
While we were there we did get to see the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier... but the coolest part was this old school, Roman colliseum looking amphitheatre made out of marble. I gave a passionate public address in this venue while we were there : )
Really cool trip overall & the coolest part was that I got to do it all with my best friend in the whole world. No, not George W... my wife.