Posts tagged Washington D.C.

One of the Coolest Festivals in the World you’ve never heard of.

“Enter to thy Merriment!” Reads the sign above the 20 foot tall walled entrance. You can already hear the cheers of the joust arena. In my home state of Maryland, each autumn holds my favorite things of the entire year; Pumpkin EVERYTHING (I’m looking at you Pumpkin Spice lovers), the crimson and gold leaves, Halloween, and the crisp fall weather. And the über favorite of autumn in Maryland is quite possibly the coolest festival in the world I’ve been to, and one you’ve probably never heard of! The Maryland Renaissance… Read More

Great Falls National Park: Best Day Hike Near Washington DC

A fierce white, frothing river cuts through grey, jagged bedrock at thousands of pounds per second. Parallel sits a now docile canal, once built-in hopes of increasing trade and traffic through the region. The thunderous roar of the falls can be heard for miles amongst the green brushed treetops and the lush, fern covered shorelines. When you think of Washington D.C. do you really ever picture this in your head? Not many people do. Most will think of a bustling historic city, the monuments overflowing with selfie taking tourists, and… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Washington Monument in the Haze.

On a windswept winters day while wandering Washington D.C. I paused to admire the giant obelisk that is one of our most well-known national monuments. The haze was thick enough to blot out the sun, and it looked as if the tree’s skeleton silhouette was grasping it. Weekly Photo Mojo is about stimulating your cortex with retina rupturing and awe-inspiring photos from around the world to help you reach Terminal Vicariosity (The point where the mind reaches maximum capacity from living vicariously through someone else, and chooses to start actually… Read More

Happy Birthday Abe Lincoln! Fun Facts, Best Quotes, and Memorial Photos

Hey Abe, it’s your 203rd birthday! Try not to look so excited good sir. Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, 16th President of the United States of America. When this gnarly dude wasn’t chopping down trees, slaying vampires, attending top-hat parties, giving his honest opinions, or growing EPIC beards, he was saving the Union’s ass during the Civil war and fighting for African American’s much deserved rights. Chya. If Lady Liberty had a swiss army knife for the United States, its Honest freakin’ Abe right here.  So, in honor of America’s… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Grand Army of the Republic Memorial – D.C.

Recently on a cold January day in Washington D.C. I came across this memorial while wandering the city with my good friend. We had been discussing our upcoming trip to Haiti (more on that to come) when the aged bronze and the stone obelisk caught my eye. A Civil War memorial for the Grand Army of the Republic, a group founded by Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson in 1866 for veteran Union soldiers after the American civil war ended. The GAR became an advocacy voice for black American’s voting rights and… Read More

Weekly Photo Mojo: Fiery Inaugural Sunrise Over the Capital Building.

On the frigid morning of Monday January 21st, 2013, the sky was set aflame by the rising sun as it climbed over the horizon. It was bone-chilling and all our breath dissipated about in the sky as we shivered and huddled together like Antarctic penguins trying to stay warm. It was a big day, the day United States President Barack Obama would be sworn into office for a second term. As we struggled to keep our spirits high for the occasion, this dazzling sunrise brought a brief, but much-needed sense of… Read More

In Photos: Historic Union Station, Washington DC

Lately I have been raving about the new purchase of my first ever DSLR camera. My just received Canon Rebel T4i and we had our first date with a stroll around Union Station. Union Station has always been a symbol of my transient lifestyle, and even marked the start of my journey to New Zealand. What better place to test out my new baby than the largest, busiest, and most beautiful train station in Washington DC. Opened in 1907, the station features architecture consisting of marble, white granite, and gold leaf… Read More