My first trip to Washington, D.C., was a little frustrating. In Utah, we have large, beautiful mountains that run North/South, so it’s easy to know which direction I am headed. In Washington, D.C, that was not the case.
During the taxi ride from the airport to my hotel, we passed the Lincoln Memorial. So when I decided to walk from my hotel to the memorial to snap some night shots of the area, I was sure I was headed in the right direction. But after walking for what seemed like forever, and in one large circle, I stopped at a Barnes & Noble to buy a map. Maybe it’s the guy in me, but I didn’t want to ask for directions – I could find it on my own, right?
Wrong. I studied the map, but couldn’t even tell where I was, let alone how to get to my destination. I succumbed to hailing a taxi and getting a direct trip to the Lincoln Memorial. I spent about two hours taking photos, and even getting in trouble with one security guard for using a tripod (apparently the tripod legs damage the stone floor).
In the end, this was one of the best photos that came out of my first-ever visit to the Lincoln Memorial.
And in case you were wondering, I didn’t even attempt to walk back to the hotel. I invested in a taxi ride to save myself from getting lost… again. Once I got back to the hotel and looked more closely at the map, I discovered by mistake. I headed west from the hotel rather than south, which explains why I couldn’t find myself on the map and why I was walking around unfamiliar neighborhoods in D.C., after dark. Not one of my smartest decisions, but I loved all the sights of D.C. I visited during my first trip to the nation’s capital.