Vacation, Friends, and a Little Car Named “Hot Sauce”

22 Jul

Well, friends, I followed the promptings of my heart and took a much-needed vacation.

Oh let me tell you.  If there is one thing that I will be doing waaay more often for myself, as time permits, or as I need, it is taking vacation.  It was absolutely wonderful.

Two weeks ago, my friend K. and I took a week to drive to Washington D.C. for vacation. We rented a compact car that was teeny tiny. The car didn’t have a very big engine, and when we had to drive up steep hills along the way to D.C., the engine sounded like it was struggling. K. and I joked about pulling out the hatch and running the car up the hills like they do on “Flintstones.” We kept coaxing the car, jokingly, with “come on, Little Engine, you can do it!” We soon named the car “hot sauce” after it’s bright red color and persevering set of wheels.

The next few days until Wednesday of the following week, my sister and friend K. and I spent HOURS and HOURS touring and taking pictures by the dozens of the memorials and fantastic sights in D.C.. We rode the metro, drove to the beach for a day, ate at some nice restaurants, and really just soaked up every ounce that we could of being on vacation. We had early mornings and late nights to pack in all that we did. I can’t wait to do it again!

And now, here are just a few of the PICTURES from our trip!!!  (*Photos are in random order.*)

 

Here is one of the many planes we saw flying over us while visiting the monuments in D.C.
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Ta DA!!!  The Washington monument can fit in the palms of my hands!

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My sister K., who is living in D.C. for the summer, was our tour guide.

Here we are on our way to the beach in Delaware.

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The Chesapeake Bay bridge!

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Fun in the sun!

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Ah, dear ocean, how I miss thee!!

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Crystal formations at the National History museum

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Old Town Alexandria, in case you were wondering 😉 

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Sunset in historic Alexandria

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I was trying to get a picture of the girls – here they are trying to even out their height. LOL

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While looking at the White House, we met an amazing group of Pro-Lifers who were witnessing to the sanctity of the unborn.  It warmed my heart to see fellow pro-lifers engaging in conversation with passersby and informing intrigued tourists with the #everylifecounts message!!

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The Arlington Cemetery, and definitely one of my favorite memorials in D.C.  Look at how many tombstones there are.  That is only a fraction of the tombstones… So many lives have been given to defend our freedom in America.  We have so much to be thankful for, due to our heroes!!

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I don’t know the boy in the picture, but I found it to be a very thought-provoking photo: 

The boy is very whimsical and innocent, and he is able to be here today, in part, due to the ultimate sacrifice of countless soldiers, as is witnessed by their tombstones seen in the background of the photo.

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier *GULP* *tear*

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The D.C. metro.  Such a mixture of memories of the Rome, Italy subways and American transportation

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The infamous “hot sauce” super-uber compact car

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K. and I on our trip out to DC

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The highway into D.C.

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College friends reunited!!  And see how my friend M. is due with her second baby?!?!  She’s such a cute lil’ momma.

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The National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

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The Supreme Court

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My older sis K. and I behind the Capitol building

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K. and I taking a selfie in front of the Washington monument

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Here is a better view of the Washington monument 😉

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K. and I with the Lincoln memorial in the background

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The Lincoln memorial up close

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Statues of soldiers near the Vietnam memorial

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The Korean memorial

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Just love this picture with the trees in the foreground and the reflection on the water.  (Also notice the two paddle boats on the water?!)

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The Jefferson memorial (by this time, my feet were reaallly sore…but it was worth it.

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And that, my friends, about sums it up!!  I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour!

Until next time!

Love and prayers,

Rachel

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2 Responses to “Vacation, Friends, and a Little Car Named “Hot Sauce””

  1. LauraMarieForLife July 28, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    Yay! Good to see you back here. That sounds like a fabulous adventure, and I love the pictures 🙂

  2. Samantha August 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Looks like a fun trip!!

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