I have been to Washington DC quite a few times but never have taken time to do the "touristy" thing and actually see the city. Since I've always been such a history buff, this trip was way over due. I had a meeting scheduled for a Tuesday in DC so it sounded like a perfect way to turn a business trip into a long weekend!
One of our first stops was at the National Spy Museum. Madison and I were pleasantly surprised to find this huge photograph of the REAL Mata Hari - our pretty pony's name sake! Few people remember Mata Hari, a WWI spy...
While we had great weather, we were mildly disappointed to find the Mall and Capital under construction - getting ready for next year's innaugeration after the election.
The Supreme Court Building was one of my favorites with the Greek Columns and just looking so...judicial!
This pic was rather accidental but I love it.
The sun was shining bright but it was pretty chilly outside the first couple of days. A LOT of fast walking kept us warm!
Our first night we took a "moonlight" tour on a shuttle bus and got to see the monuments under the stars. One of the first stops - Jefferson Memorial.
Madison loved climbing into Roosevelt's lap.
Later she tried hard to "hold" the Washington monument.
The WWII Iwo Jima Monument was so cool...there are 11 hands for the 5 men...one is the hand of God.
Abe. Madison wanted to climb up in HIS lap, too.
Another attempt to hold the Washington Monument from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The next day we started out at the National Geographic Museum. Parts of it were closed but the Indian Jones exhibit was super cool and left us wanting to go back to the room and watch all four movies in an IJ marathon!
Later we worked our way over to the White House where they had just planted thousands of mums.
I have no idea what this building is but I though it would make such a great haunted house!
Really is just something special about this place...
Getting this up close and personal at the White House was such an experience but...
Getting to stand on the porch!! WOW - too bad we were just standing in front of giant photographs!
Catching this photo of the Washington Monument...kinda took my breath away.
It was a long 6 months rehabbing this awesome horse from injury so Madison was really excited to finally be able to do a schooling dressage show at Willowbrooke - a place where she did one of her first shows at 8 years old!
The sunrise was beautiful this chilly morning and I got to watch it from the barn door - the morning of a horse show. I love that.
So while I watched the sun rise, Madison was hard at work getting Mata Hari's mane braided for the show.
Our fabulous pony decided she didn't want to leave the barn and gave us some trouble loading onto the trailer. This meant we arrived at the show almost 30 minutes later than we had planned. But being a seasoned pro at showing, Madison pulled it together and she was ready to ride into the ring well before they called her.
It was so crazy to pull into a horse show and be done 30 minutes later! In our stock horse world they were all day events, often into the wee hours. So we waited around for the results of her class.
Any my duo took 2nd place!! Smiles all around - we were super happy.