Monday, February 27, 2012

It's the Climb: Capitol Dome Tour

Last Friday, there was a cancelation for a Capitol Dome Tour, and truly by chance, my office was lucky to fill it.


Looking at this picture, taken 152 feet above the Capitol Rotunda, still gives me a little bit of vertigo...and this wasn't even the highest point. Here I am on the balcony at the base of the tholos....


High enough to see the Maryland 'burbs.....though the Washington landmarks were much more sightly. Here's Patrick, the work hubs, holding Court, Supremely, on the exterior balcony of the Dome.

I've worked on the Hill for years, but never had the chance to make this climb.

I have a slight fear of heights, and a wild imagination that went into over-drive as I was winding my way to the top, giving the stairs a tight death-grip....

but I did it anyway, because it's a pretty big treat to score a dome tour (tours are not available for public booking, and only taken once a day). The up-close view of the dome's paintings....
and its architecture was worth a very real case of the willies. 


I am going to get a little D.C. nerdy here. I loved seeing this light....



When either the House or the Senate is in session, this light is always on. You can see it from the the top of the Capitol, all over the city. On September 11th, even when the government evacuated, this light stayed turn burning.


Confession....I had to rely on my co-workers for most of these photos. I was too chicken to look over the inside ledge. This is how I saw things from inside...


I wasnt as brave as these girls...


Dome you wish your collegaues are cute like mine? Hee! The photos don't do the experience justice...

but they will always be reminders to me of how lucky I am to get to do unique things like this!


15 comments:

Theresa said...

I'm terrified of heights so even looking at these pics freaked me out a little! But it's gorgeous - what a great opportunity!

Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog) said...

Such a great post. I would be like you, I think. Love seeing this. Thanks.

Deviled Megs said...

Simply amazing!

Emily said...

What an Incredible Experience. I'm so jealous...it was fun seeing the pictures and learning a little more about DC. Happy Monday!! oxo

Sarah Beth - Dixie Gator Gal said...

That's amazing, thanks so much for sharing!

Katie said...

That is amazing! I would love to do that tour.

We are actually going to be in DC at the end of March, I will have to get with you on the must-sees! This will be my third trip so I am trying fill in the gaps from previous visits. :D

Dee Stephens said...

SUPER cool! you know I'm nerdy like that and would love it! So cool that they let you take pictures at least!
I'm not going to lie.. I might have gotten the willies too looking down.YIKES!

Northshore Prep said...

I loved that tour when hubby and I went a few years ago! And its funny b/c I have many of the same pictures! Ha! What do you do...I'm so jealous you work in DC!!!

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That is too cool! I would love to go to D.C. again and see all the sites. Thanks for taking us somewhere I'll probably never get to go myself!
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Whitney of Washington said...

Such fun pics! I can't believe you haven't done a dome tour before now and so glad you got to do it! I have never had a fear of heights but the top of the dome is a totally different feeling than anything someone could explain in advance. Such a cool "DC" experience.

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MCW said...

Amazing!

My dad works a couple of blocks from the Capitol, it is so beautiful. I love DC.

Tricia said...

That's incredible. What a fun adventure, and so exciting.

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