Descent


DC from Air Force Memorial

Originally uploaded by matt.herzog.

Last night coming into DCA, before the snafu at the luggage carousel, we had the most wonderful descent into the city. Following the Potomac from the north, we coasted over the river, looking down over my adopted home, seeing the residential portion of Northwest blink in and out beneath the canopy of trees like so many fireflies on a warm summer night. Then it was the Cathedral in view, majestic and tall among the otherwise squat buildings, the red beacons on its prow welcoming the flight home.

We flew close over Rosslyn and the view over Georgetown was just incredible, the Key Bridge, then the Memorial Bridge, then the holy trinity of DC Landmarks, the Lincoln, the Washington and the Capitol lined up like some sort of man-made constellation of gleaming white marble. I hadn’t remembered seeing the crenellated skylight there the last time I fly over. Then it was down over the water, then the brief spot of beach, and then touchdown.

“Welcome to Washington, D.C., the local time is ten to eleven. Please set your watches forward to Eastern Daylight Time.”

3 Comments so far

  1. Victoria (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    I travel quite a bit and have flown into just about every major airport in the US. The descent into DCA is the most beautiful – no matter which approach you are on or what time of day it is.


  2. Darling Girlfriend (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    The flight from DCA to LGA in New York (or the other way around) is a wonderful flight – the approach over the Statue of Liberty is almost (but not quite) as nice as the memorials in Washington. When you get to see both cities in one flight, it’s amazing.


  3. Ex-Hy Hy (unregistered) on June 25th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

    I love flying in and out of National. It’s easy to reach, and the view is always beautiful. I’m waiting for Southwest to expand into there… forget Dulles, eesch.



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