National Cathedral and Washington DC

A week ago, we got home from a trip to Washington DC. This was my second trip in 6 months to our nation’s capital, after a visit gap of many decades. Even though the weather was very hot and muggy, it was particularly enjoyable to go with my family (my son Paul, daughter Jessica and her boyfriend Matt, husband John, and our friend Laura Biche). We were mostly there to hear Jessica sing opera but during the days, we did manage to visit a few wonderful places: the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans
Memorial
, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and the National Cathedral. We went by the Folger Shakespeare Library and were sorry to find it closed for the day. Congresswoman Eshoo’s office tried to get us White House tour tickets but they were unavailable.

The National Cathedral was very moving; I had never visited before. Since National Cathedral is Episcopal (and we are Episcopalian), we went to Sunday morning worship services. I have toured big impressive cathedrals and temples in many countries but they almost always belong to someone else’s religion: the Episcopal church mostly erects small buildings. I felt proud that this big beautiful place was created for the glory of God by my own church. The Space Window (including its moon rock fragment, a gift by the Apollo astronauts on the 5th anniversary of their moon landing) was particularly impressive. The memorial windows to Confederate Generals R.E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and the tomb of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson were also notable.

Paul reading the
Gettysburg Address

Paul Reading the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln Memorial Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Resting in the shade
Lincoln Memorial

Resting in the shade at the Lincoln Memorial Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln Memorial

Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

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American Flag<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Women Soldiers
Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Women Veterans Vietnam Veterans Memorial Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Paul, Jessica, Matt in front of the
Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer

Paul, Jessica, Matt in front of the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Laura at
Morrison-Clark Hotel

Laura Biche dressed for church, 1864 Morrison-Clark Hotel, Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Fireplace at the
Morrison-Clark Hotel

Fireplace at, 1864 Morrison-Clark Hotel, Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

John and Laura
National Cathedral

John and Laura, National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Rev.M.L. King tribute
“I have a dream”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have a dream National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Space Window
National Cathedral

Space Window National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Glass Reflections on Wilson’s
Presidential Seal, National Cathedral

Glass Reflections on Wilson's Presidential Seal, National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Creation doorway
National Cathedral

John and Laura, National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Creation of the Moon
National Cathedral

Creation of the Moon National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Exterior
National Cathedral

Exterior National Cathedral Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Midsummer Night’s Dream
Folger Shakespeare Library

Midsummer Night's Dream Folger Shakespeare Library Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Macbeth
Folger Shakespeare Library

Macbeth Folger Shakespeare Library Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

King Lear
Folger Shakespeare Library

King Lear Folger Shakespeare Library Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Dino Cookies
Natural History Museum

Dino Cookies Natural History Museum Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Sandstone Concretion
Natural History Museum

Sandstone Concretion Natural History Museum Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Hope Diamond
Natural History Museum

Hope Diamond Natural History Museum Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

324 pounds of Natural Sheet Copper
Natural History Museum

324 pounds of Natural Sheet Copper Natural History Museum Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

John, Paul, Laura, Jessi, Matt
Natural History Museum

John, Paul, Laura, Jessi, Matt Natural History Museum Washington DC<br /> photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2008 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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