Rachel Boehm is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. She has lived and worked throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East as a writer, researcher and editor. She currently works as a reporter in the Washington, D.C. area. Rachel holds a master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University.
Tourists and residents flock to the near 18-mile Mount Vernon Trail to breathe in pieces of the United States' history. Between groves of trees and wetlands lie sights of well-known memorials and cemeteries, and lesser known historical buildings such as Jones Point Lighthouse. The 157 year-old Lighthouse itself is a monument to the areas history, as it once protected shipping and the Washington Navy Yard. However, an older, more significant marker lies below and alongside the wooden house. Inside the seawall is the south cornerstone, the first boundary stone laid to mark the original 100 square miles area of the nation's capitol. The point is where the District began, as historians say. The ability to run, bike, or stroll alongside relics of and monuments to the nation's history make Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon Trail unique.Like Add a Comment
In George Washington’s day, the trek from Washington, D.C. to his home at Mount Vernon, 18 miles south, took several days of hard riding. Today, you can make that journey in several hours with a more leisurely hike, run, or bicycle ride along the Mount Vernon Trail, which starts at Roosevelt Island and meanders along the Potomac River, providing a peaceful break from the hubbub of the capital. Many spots along the trail will seduce you into taking a break before you ever reach Mount Vernon. Take a rest in Old Town Alexandria at the amphitheater at Canal Place where a smaller version of the Washington Monument stands at the water's edge. Stroll the boardwalk through the silence of Dyke’s Marsh or explore the history of Fort Hunt, once a top secret interrogation center for German prisoners during World War II. Save some energy if you plan to make it all the way to Washington's home, as the last two miles are mostly uphill.Like Add a Comment
The pink of the hundred-year-old cherry blossom trees stand in stark contrast to the white marble of the Jefferson memorial. A memorial controversial at its birth, as opponents feared the original design and location would mean the toppling of hundreds of Washington’s beloved trees. Today, the controversy has abated; the trees stand, drawing hundreds every year. They come from far and wide to stroll along and gaze across the slowly rippling waters of the Tidal Basin, taking in the delicate beauty of the trees and the memorials nearby.Like Add a Comment
For a minute, nothing can be heard except the sound of the relief commander's taps. Then his voice boldly, proudly announces the start of the Changing of the Guard, a ritual that takes place on the hour, every hour, every day at Arlington National Cemetery. Then loud clicks rise above the noise of the district below, as the commander meticulous inspects the relieving sentinel's rifle with a white glove. The gun, the uniform, everything must be in perfect order before the relieving sentinel can replace the retiring sentinel. Onlookers are directed to watch the scene unfold before them in silence. The ritual's theme is 21 to symbolize the 21-gun salute, the U.S. military's highest honor, and is performed by the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment. Also known as "The Old Guard," the regiment is the U.S. Army's oldest active-duty infantry unit, dating back to 1784.Like Add a Comment
Even the great must rest. Tigers on average spend between 16 to 20 hours a day at rest, which may disappoint some National Zoo visitors looking for a show. Others may take a cue from the slumbering beasts, stopping to pause and breathe in the beauty of their stillness. The National Zoo's Great Cats exhibit is home to three Sumatran tigers. These lone hunters are the largest member of the cat family, and can weigh between 165 to 242 pounds for females, and 220 to 310 pounds for males.Like Add a Comment