SCK Adventures: Memorials & Memories (Day 4)

(Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3)

When Sunday rolled in, we had our best weather yet. It was sunny, it was warm, the weather was essentially perfect. It made it all the more sad to me that I couldn’t spend the entire beautiful day with my rays of California sunshine.

TL;DR Farm-to-belly brunch, memorial walk, and… saying goodbye to Karen and Christine

Sunday

We woke up bright and early for a 9 AM brunch reservation I had made at Founding Farmers in Tysons, which means brunch buffet heyyyy. It was painful getting out of bed this morning because we had several late nights in a row, but the thought of having fried chicken for breakfast again got me up pretty quick. It was a pretty delicious breakfast, I am not going to lie. Those beautiful blueberry pancakes that I topped with fruit and not syrup (WHAT) and the beautiful desserts…. oh man.

Blueberry pancakes with strawberry puree, berry compote, and slivered almonds; spinach salad with strawberries; a little s'mores jar
Blueberry pancakes with strawberry puree, berry compote, and slivered almonds; spinach salad with strawberries; a little s’mores jar; pain au chocolat

After getting fueled up, we headed for some memorial sightseeing. First stop, the Lincoln Memorial, looking over the Reflecting Pool, which is unfortunately drained right now…

Gettysburg Address on the wall
Gettysburg Address on the wall
The thing from Scandal! Minus the water….

I don’t think I’ve been up close and personal with the Lincoln Memorial before, and if I have, it’s been a very very long time, so it was really nice walking up those steps and sharing this historic view of not only President Lincoln (the 150th anniversary of his assassination was yesterday) but also of Dr. King’s famous speech location.

The spot where Dr. King stood as he delivered "I Have a Dream"
The spot where Dr. King stood as he delivered “I Have a Dream”

From there, we ambled over to the Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial

… and then to the Vietnam War Memorial and the Three Soldiers…

Three Soldiers
Three Soldiers

… and visited the little pseudo-island that is the Memorial to the 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence, which is kind of a hidden gem in DC, if you ask me. I didn’t know it was here at all, but you can sit here, surrounded by water, under magnolia trees that are gorgeous in bloom, with a great view of the Washington Monument.

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The girls doing what they do best

 

Since we still had a decent amount of time, we paid a quick visit to the National Museum of Natural History (where I had my first Instameet) to do a quick walk through and get a little more learning done before our goodbyes. We also stopped by Coco Sala so that the girls could pick up some chocolates for back home. (They’re such kind people!)

And then it was off to the airport.
And #SCKadventures had come to its end. For now.

Until next time!

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. - Thomas Jefferson
The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
– Thomas Jefferson
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