Maryland Adventure

During Thanksgiving break my amazing dorm neighbor Mara (we also did crew together)  invited me to come home with her. Mara lives in Rockville, Maryland. Mara was a fantastic guide, we got to do some awesome on-a-budget-poor-college-student sightseeing! IMG_4783First things first.. Rockville has a CAFE RIO!!! I was soo excited. I miss Mexican food every single day. *They did not have Mexican cokes.

IMG_4791Our homemade “schedule” of adventures! We made it to almost every sight! Every morning we would follow our Crew workout schedule, then make lunches (a fantastic way to eat healthy and save money on food) and drive to the metro stop to get into DC.

We were able to visit:

  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • Pentagon
  • Holocaust
  • Library of Congress
  • Smithsonian
  • World War 2 Memorial
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Washington Monument
  • Basilica of the Shrine of Immaculate Conception

IMG_0038The weather was nice and it wasn’t too crowded! It was fun to see so many famous monuments. DC has never been on the top of list of things to do but it was great to have the opportunity to see it!

IMG_4904When people ask if you can take pictures of them, you make them then take pictures of you. Mara and I in front of the Lincoln Memorial. (So thats what I look like in my puffy..).

IMG_0061“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

IMG_0054This guy was getting a lot of attention.

Mara did some research into churches in the Area, so we stopped by the Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States. It was absolutely amazing. Only a couple minutes walk from the metro. If you are in the area, it is a must see!

IMG_0116Every wall and ceiling was incredibly detailed. It was beautifully lit and so intricate.

IMG_0090Couldn’t take enough pictures!

IMG_0106IMG_0078The candles were absolutely gorgeous

In between all of our DC adventures we were able to take a trip into Baltimore and go to the Baltimore Aquarium. I absolutely loved the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore.

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Playing around in the aquarium, surrounded by screaming small children on school trips.

IMG_4841At least we weren’t screaming…

Overall it was a fantastic trip. Got to spend time with Mara and her amazing family. It was great to be able to see Maryland, DC, Baltimore and all as well as eat some real home cooked meals. Mara, now its time for you to come to Utah :) IMG_4850A good card for Thanksgiving!

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