Holy moly what a week! Let me preface this entry with a factoid: I leave the house at 5:15 am, I get home at 9:30 pm. I spend a lot of time being sleepy or tired.
That being said, let's take a look at my first week of rangering on the Mall, Wednesday through Sunday.
Every day starts with roll call at the Survey Lodge; this is where all the rangers and guides get their assignments for the day.
"Honor Flights" provide WWII veterans the opportunity to visit the Mall and to see the monuments erected to commemorate their service and sacrifice in the defense of our nation. Large groups of veterans, many in wheelchairs are a frequent sight on the Mall. Often they are willing to share their stories with visitors and rangers alike.
On Sunday I was back at WAMO. It was cold, rainy, and windy. I was wearing a raincoat over a parka over a jacket. It was pretty miserable, and didn't lend itself to photos. Working outdoors 365 days a year will take some getting used to. Fortunately I have the wardrobe to see me through all four seasons.
By Sunday the weather had cleared considerably and I began a five-day stint at Ford's Theater which will continue into the coming week.
There are also ranger programs every day; here an audience gathers in the balcony to hear a program about the murder of Abraham Lincoln by the scoundrel Booth.
Across from the theater is the Petersen House. An NPS site, this is the place where the mortally-wounded president was taken to live his final hours, he died on April 15th 1865 scant days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
The Petersen house was a boarding house, and just happened to be across the street from the Theater. A light was on and a lodger shouted for the medical party to bring the wounded president hence. This is one of the rooms upstairs where visitors aren't allowed to go.