Day 3 was much more low key than our first two. This morning we took our time getting up and out of the hotel and stopped for bagels at a cafe a couple of blocks from the hotel on the way to the subway.
Our first stop today was at Arlington National Cemetery.
We took a tourmobile through the cemetery and one of the stops was at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. This tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through wind, rain, snow, heat, and even hurricanes. While at this stop we also got to witness the Changing of the Guard Ceremony, which takes place every 30 minutes. It was such an awesome thing to see.
Soldier guarding the Tomb
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
The tourmobile tour through Arlington National Cemetery made several other stops as well. Other stops included the Kennedy Family grave site, Robert Kennedy’s grave site, a memorial to the USS Maine which mysteriously exploded off the coast of Cuba, memorials to the space shuttles which have exploded, and the Arlington House – home to Robert E. Lee and his family before they left for Richmond, Virginia to lead to the Confederate troops during the Civil War. Arlington National Cemetery is such an eye-opening experience. The white headstones are literally row after row as far as the eye can see.
After visiting Arlington National Cemetery we came back to the neighborhood where the hotel is and had lunch and laid around the hotel room for a little while before heading out to Nationals Park to watch the Washington Nationals take on the Boston Red Sox. Tickets for this game were the very first things we bought for this trip…before we even booked a hotel room! We have been looking forward to it for so long and we can now cross one more Major League Baseball Park off of our list…we’ve visited 2 together…only 28 more to go!
the view from our seats…we sat on the field level in center field…first row…they were awesome seats!
After the game was over…I even bought a Red Sox shirt to wear to the game! And the Red Sox won!
We had a blast at the game and enjoyed watching a game in an outdoor stadium, unlike the air-conditioned comfort of Minute Maid Park when we watch the Astros!