It's been a busy week away from home. My SIL and her two children are visiting this week from Texas. Yesterday, we rented bikes to tour the monuments in Washington D.C.
Honestly, it's a wonderful way to visit all the monuments and all the museums. But yesterday? A heat wave has hit the East Coast so it was about 105ºF (41ºC)!!
To say it was hot was an understatement. The kids were tough and powered through.
This is Cate.
She was a good sport in humoring her Aunt Susan by taking this picture. Unfortunately, I couldn't see the screen in the sun to line up her finger correctly, so I missed it. But her face was so cute that I have to share it anyway.
Unfortunately, the Mall was all torn up while they re-furbish the lawn and...the reflecting pool is still empty and therefore, not reflectng...
You can see Jim in the picture guarding the bikes while the rest of us went up to visit the Lincoln Memorial.
This is Travis riding under the Cherry trees in the Tidal Basin.
He was a complete trooper and hardly made a peep about the ungodly heat.
And even though the reflecting pool wasn't reflecting, the Tidal Basin was...
But my favorite part of that most very hot day was our stop at the Jefferson Memorial. It's open to the elements so for what little breeze there was, we felt it there. It was quiet there.
A time to sit and reflect and think. It's a serene place to visit...not as crowded especially on this hot day because it's a bit of trek to get there from the main Mall. A bike makes it much easier.
And my favorite shot was this one of Jack.
He must have sat for 10 minutes against that column, taking in the words of Jefferson...
He's a thinker, that Jack.
Finally he got up and came over to me to tell me that because there were not carvings in the center of the dome, there was no depth perception either. You couldn't tell if the center dome was 5 ft deep or 20 ft deep. And did I notice the spiral design that resulted from the decreasing diagonals of the squares? (You can't really see those too well in the picture but I hadn't noticed them until he said something.) So THAT was what he was thinking...
I love this age. So many neurons are firing. And he's absorbing information at lightning speed and drawing his own conclusions. We're having some really thought-provoking conversations these days...it sure is keeping us on our toes...
I should be back to stitching tomorrow. Have a great weekend!