I have lived in the Washington D.C. area for almost two years and until last night, I'd never been down to see the monuments at night. Sure, I've been down there for plenty of early morning runs; and even the occasional Sunday night sunset run. But never in the dark of night to see the monuments in all of their white-marble-illuminated-glory.
After dinner in Barrack's Row, drinks in Penn Quarter, and froyo in Chinatown (yes, we did quite a bit of walking and quite of bit of eating/drinking to go along with it) Christy, her Pilot, and I headed to the north side of the White House. Sadly, I don't have photographic evidence of what I'm about to tell you but I think Christy might - so check her blog in a few days when she does her DC recap. We were standing there in front of the White House when we saw two small, slender figures in a second floor window of the White House. They were dancing. Dancing in the window of the White House. I would bet any money that it was the President's kids. Who else would be that size and have access to a window in the residence of the White House. According to this floor plan of the WH, they were in the East Bedroom. Which totally looks like it'd be a room for Sasha or Malia.
After all that excitement, we headed towards the Washington Monument, hooked west to the WW2 Memorial, and ended at the Lincoln Memorial. Walking up the step of the Lincoln at night was incredible. Kudos to the lighting technician/designer who was in charge of lighting that monument at night. When you are walking up the steps you see the pillars, the structure, the back wall, and the statue of the President in totally different lights. The brightest, most direct light is on the President himself; and it's set up in a way that you can clearly see him extremely far away. It was very, very cool; and I high recommend that you head downtown on a nice, cool summer night and check it out for yourself.