I don't have a lot of time to write a thoughtful post on my trip to DC, but I wanted to get these pictures up as I am heading toward my own one week blogging deadline about life events. I will say that while I do not travel for work often, I am constantly surprised by how rewarding the experience is when I do. I have traveled for work before this job, and it was always fine. Part of the job. Now, falling in line with my post from Wednesday, I find that I get so much out of my work travel now. The conferences I attend are absolutely packed with valuable information for our area of research, and as I sit in these meetings I am overcome with how much I enjoy this work. Also, it's pretty cool with the Vice President of the United States is the Keynote speaker, because then your mom can tell people you had lunch with the VP, even if she conveniently forgets to include there were like, 1100 other people there. Moms.
So, the first day I was in DC was sorta random in the fact that the cheapest flight got me in around 10am, but I didn't have to be at the conference until 7am the next morning. My boss/traveling companion Corrine was in a workshop so I was on my own for the day. I headed out into the city solo, which was surprisingly enjoyable.
After that I really did head back to my hotel, and then most of the rest of the trip was dedicated to work related activities, which while awesome, aren't really relevant to this post. BUT, on Friday night Corrine and I headed out on the Monuments by Moonlight tour and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! If you are ever in DC, go on this tour. Here are a few pictures which do not in any way do the tour justice.