Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I walked to the Pentagon

sort of.

The Arlington National Cemetery is 624 acres big. They had a shuttle bus which took visitors to the various points of interest in the cemetery. Once we arrived via the metro, we decided to walk the paths to the points of interest rather than take the shuttle bus. It was incredibly moving to visit the sites of those who have so faithfully served our country. The walk between the sites seemed to go quickly because there was so much to see and take in. We ended our tour at the "Tomb of the Unknowns" which is about halfway in to the cemetery. Since we had finished our visit of the National Cemetery, Bertrand pulled out the map to decide the best way we could reach our next destination...The Pentagon. According to the map, The Pentagon was on the other side of the Arlington National Cemetery, which since we were halfway, was about the same distance away as walking back to the metro. So he proposed we walk directly to The Pentagon instead. I reluctantly agreed and we began our trek walking opposite the direction of all the tourists and visitor signs in the cold. We walked and we walked and we walked. As we got closer, he would point out to me that we were "almost there" and give a little "hang in there". We got to the edge of the cemetery and I was so excited that we had made it....only to realize that we had reached a fence, and on the other side of that fence, a freeway.

So we turned around and walked all the way back.

Not exactly a "romantic" walk wandering through a cemetery. Oh well, at least we got some exercise.

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