We live close enough to Washington, D.C., to have visited the major monuments, a least once: the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. But if you haven’t seen them under a full moon, you are really missing out on a unique and wonderful experience. My personal favorite, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, is powerful by day. But the way the water elements and the mica schist in the granite reflect the light, the memorial transforms under the full moon to something haunting and magical.
The best way (dare I say only way?) to enjoy the monuments is by joining the periodically-scheduled “Moments Under the Moonlight” guided hike hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Club. This sneaker-appropriate flat 4-mile hike splits into three groups, each with its own guide: slower walkers, mid-paced, and fast-paced. Kids and dogs are permitted to join.
Here are some of the monuments and memorials you’ll stop at along your way:
- Korean Veterans
- Viet Nam Veterans
- World War II Veterans
- Nursing Veterans
The next moonlight hike is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2012. Pre-registration is required and the cost per person is $3.00. Carpooling from Baltimore and Annapolis to the D.C. “trailhead” is available, too.