Washington Monument DC

Day 114 / Mile 14,975

As amazing as this adventure is overall, I have to admit that I've been getting a little burnt out with so much traveling on little rest. Being that I'm my own boss on this project, I push myself to drive further and create more photoshoots than normal, since I'm aware that every day digs deeper into my small budget, which isn't growing. Also since it's now spring the days are getting longer giving me more sunlight to work... Each night I need a good amount time to find places to camp out, make my meals, edit photos, and just relax, but that is becoming more difficult to schedule into the day...  It ain't easy doing this solo.  

Haha, so dramatic, but the truth.

 I challenge myself, because I want the end product to be the best book I can make.

I challenge myself, because I want the end product to be the best book I can make.

Knowing that the next stop was an inspirational location, it got me excited and a little out of my self-induced slump. Washington DC has always been something of a confusion to me; why does it have the same name as Seattle's state, what's with it being a District of Colombia, why aren't the residents allowed to vote, how does such an influential region have such a derogatory football team name?  

 Because it's not peak tourist season, the famous Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool was drained for repairs. I didn't let that stop me from making this perfectly-perpendicular photo of the Washington Monument. 

Because it's not peak tourist season, the famous Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool was drained for repairs. I didn't let that stop me from making this perfectly-perpendicular photo of the Washington Monument. 

 Haha, that dude is what I look like when making  optical illusion style portraits , creating a false depth-of-field. 

Haha, that dude is what I look like when making optical illusion style portraits, creating a false depth-of-field. 

 The Washington Monument is an interesting piece of architecture, I can't help but photograph it in every angle opportunity.

The Washington Monument is an interesting piece of architecture, I can't help but photograph it in every angle opportunity.

 From the Jefferson Memorial. 

From the Jefferson Memorial. 

 Lincoln fought for the freedom to selfie. 

Lincoln fought for the freedom to selfie. 

 The First Amendment, use it or lose it.

The First Amendment, use it or lose it.

 The Capitol Building is under construction. I bet it will look great in a couple months.

The Capitol Building is under construction. I bet it will look great in a couple months.

 Save the water for summer when the average tourist can enjoy it.

Save the water for summer when the average tourist can enjoy it.

I went on a speed tour of 5 of the Smithsonian museums, quickly to see as much as I could, but still appreciating what I was looking at and trying to enjoy the experience. The great feats and works displayed were overwhelmingly impressive, to the point of making me feel insignificant and dwelling on if my life's accomplishments even meant anything. I tried to snap myself out of this pathetic state of mind, and use that as motivation for the future.

 This unfinished painting is the portrait used on the one-dollar bill. 

This unfinished painting is the portrait used on the one-dollar bill. 

 The story is that they were waiting for somebody as handsome as this to be painted on to his side.

The story is that they were waiting for somebody as handsome as this to be painted on to his side.

 The flags represent all the states and territories, which I have a few more to check off my list.

The flags represent all the states and territories, which I have a few more to check off my list.

Whelp, the clock's ticking so I better get back on the move...