Thomas Jefferson Memorial

21 May

On our last day in Washington,

we headed off

to find the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

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It was a little bit of a hike

but we had to visit Tom!

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Someone in our party,

who will remain nameless,

dared to say,

“What’s he famous for?”

OH my!

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he wrote the Declaration of Independence;

he wrote the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom;

he launched the Lewis and Clark expedition,

he bought the Louisiana Territory from France, at a bargain price,

which more than doubled the size of the US at that time;

and he was the third president of the US.

I could go on but these were enough to qualify him for a nice big memorial.

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And it is a beauty.

After the Library of Congress,

the Thomas Jefferson Memorial was my next favourite thing in Washington.

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Okay, I’m just a little partial to old Tom.

He has a fascinating story

and he’s a book man,

so what’s not to love.

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And check out these calf muscles.

In times gone by,

the calf muscle was considered the region that showed a man’s strength

and not his biceps,

which is why you see statues with these big bulgy calf muscles.

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We spent more time at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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than at any other memorial.

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It was a gorgeous place.

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It would be a spectacular place in the spring and summer.

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In the lower level of the Memorial,

there is a mini museum (I do mean mini).

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We, (okay, I) spent ages reading everything that was shared.

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Nearly everything this man said was quote-worthy.

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Yes, I bought a book about him while we were there.

(There were TWO gifts shops there!)

Not this particular book though.

While it was written by Thomas Jefferson himself,

I don’t think it’d be my cup of tea.

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Since we were on a time schedule,

we couldn’t stay all morning.

We snapped our mandatory photos

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and set off

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back towards the Smithsonian Museums,

another decent hike.

(Did I mention that two of us wore through brand new boots

after these two weeks of walking!)

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