We parked on one of the cross streets that run parallel to the
U.S. Capitol. Here is a view of the Mall with the Washington
Monument in the distance.
The U.S. Capitol is an inspiring building. A little behind
made our way to the Cannon House Office Building
which is to the right of the capitol in the picture to the left.
The congressman was back home in Minnesota, but a young aide
took us through and underground tunnel into the Capitol. This was
only his second week on the job. He did a good job. He did
accidently have our elevator stop near former Majority
Leader Senator Trent Lott's
Capitol office, and a guard rose to challenge us. With an
apology we were quickly on our way.
Here is the view up at the Capitol Rotunda. The guide said that
if you are with your congressman, you can actually be taken up
and look down from the Rotunda. Look under the
larger windows, and you can see the walkway. The thing I take away
from our tour was how small and kind of dumpy the Senate chambers
are, and that the House of Representatives has no desks, just upholstered
benches. I lived in Sanford Hall at the U of Minnesota, we saw her
statue in the Capitol, one of two allotted to each state.
As we exited the building after our tour this is a look back.