One of D.C.’s Well-Known Landmarks is the Mormon Temple in Kensington, MD

Now that it’s pretty much a done deal that Mitt Romney’s the Republican presidential candidate, this is a good time to learn a little more about the guy’s faith. So off I went to pay a visit to the famous gold-turretted, white marbled Mormon Temple on Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington, Md. Upclose, the fortress-like building is rather formidable, but the grounds are well-pruned and pretty on a sunny day.

I’m honestly not that interested in the Mormon philosophy, but it’s been quite a source of controversy for Romney in his quest to be the GOP challenger to Obama. (The idea of having a Mormon president rubs some religious voters the wrong way, as they don’t consider Mormonism a part of mainstream Christianity.) I wandered closer and closer to the temple, looking for someone to talk to. Continue reading

Sights from the 2012 Washington DC Cherry Blossom Street Festival

This past Saturday, the Sakura Matsuri Street Festival took place along the intersection of 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. Although it seemed slightly smaller this year and you had to pay $5 for admission (implemented in recent years,) the beautiful weather had Washingtonian families out in full force. I had a great time witnessing all the action at the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Street Festival and catching up with some friends. We saw:






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The Whimsical Ruins of the National Park Seminary


If you’re looking for something completely out of the ordinary to do, pay a visit to the National Park Seminary in Kensington, Md. Formerly designated as a summer vacation spot for Washingtonians, it was turned into a girls finishing school in 1894. After World War II, the army took over the area to use as medical and rehab facilities for returning soldiers, but limited funds caused them to eventually abandon the place. Most of the buildings in the Seminary are now in disrepair or falling to pieces, including the madcap collection of buildings inspired by global architecture.
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