MARK is a retired Foreign Service Officer, Defense Department official, and university professor. Born in Oklahoma and raised in California, Mark has lived extensively overseas but has made Washington D.C. his permanent U.S. home since 1977. Before joining Washington Walks, Mark and his partner Karen spent many Saturdays on hours-long hikes through the District’s neighborhoods. Washington, he claims, is “endlessly fascinating” both architecturally and historically.
Where would you take an out-of-town visitor and why? "The destination would have to be the Capitol. Nothing else in Washington – not the White House, not the Washington monument, not Arlington cemetery – is so symbolically and emotionally powerful. And it is uniquely beautiful. I would start the walk from Union Station (itself a destination) and then slowly circumnavigate the Capitol, passing through the gardens, taking in the perspectives and vistas, pausing at the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court and, if time allowed, finishing with a stroll through nearby charming residential streets of Capitol Hill."