Arlington National Cemetery // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Rather than share a travel story related to this Flashback Friday photo, I’m going to spit out a few DC-related memories. Because honestly, there isn’t much of a story here: I went to DC, popped over to Arlington National Cemetery for a hot second, was captivated by the symmetry of all the tombstones, and just really enjoy this photo I took there. The end.

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I’ve been to DC a bunch of times, but it’s been a few years since my last visit. A few thoughts and highlights from past trips, off the top of my head:

  • I once took the train down to DC, photographed an engagement session on the Mall in blistering heat, then took the train back to NYC that same day. I would not recommend a DC daytrip from Brooklyn by public transport.
  • I photographed one of my favorite friends’ weddings in DC a few years ago. It’s one of those days that still makes me smile.
  • In the summer of 2009, I stalked the Real World DC house with said friend. We actually saw the cast filming right outside!
  • One past DC trip coincided with my HDR phase – as a result, I have nothing but awfully-blended HDR photos from this particular outing which I’ve been tempted to mass-delete on multiple occasions. It was great fun, though, hopping around the city at night taking long exposure shots of all the monuments and cool-looking buildings we encountered.
  • I really, really adore the DC metro system. The majestic aesthetics of every station, the lights that flash on the platform when a train is approaching, the comfy seats on the trains – it makes me so happy!
  • One year, I tried to time my DC visit with the cherry blossoms. It was due to be peak blooming time, but by the time I arrived, all the blossoms were on the ground. Really?! I get that it’s pretty difficult to accurately predict the bloom, but to go from 60 to 0 in the span of a day is pretty nuts. Why can’t they just *gradually* fall off the trees?
  • I recently scored a $0 ticket to DC on Bolt Bus. I knew about their elusive $1 fares, but $0? How/why does this exist?! It’s supposed to be peak bloom in early April for the cherry blossoms, but I won’t hold my breath. And, you know, if it ends up being too late to see them again, I could always NOT go since I didn’t pay for my bus ticket. Then again, I am due for a DC trip anyway, so we shall see.

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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