Cross country: Washington D.C.

July 5, 2013

Whew, am I tired! That’s the blog for today. Just kidding; but, I am tired. We took the VRE (the Virginia Railway Express) into D.C. and then took the Metro( D.C.’s subway/light rail) to the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian consists of many museums including the National Air and Space Museum.

We were last in D.C. January 2009 (As they were preparing for President Obama’s inauguration); but, it was work for the guys and sightseeing for the gals. We pretty much covered most of the Smithsonian, the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial and the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court was in session and we got to sit in for about 20 minutes. Richard did get to see the Kennedy Center, the Capitol (I saw it twice), some tours arranged by a Congressman and Mt. Vernon. I wish I brought some of those pictures to show you. Maybe I’ll dig them up when we get home. In 2009 they were building stands for the inauguration; today, there was a fair!

This time around, even with bad knees, Richard wanted to see the National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian. (Eleven of the 19 museums are located around the National Mall and D. C., others are located in various U. S. cities.) Just getting off the Metro at the Smithsonian doesn’t mean you don’t have to walk—just the opposite. You walk to the museum and then you walk the museum. Since he’s a plane and space freak, I heard all about everything. It was actually a great tour. He was so impressed with the planes hanging in the big hall. “They are the first of everything,” he said.

We also saw the Hubble movie in the IMAX in 3D. In other words, we spent the entire day at the one museum. I have some pictures taken from the VRE as we came into Washington, D.C. and the museum. I’ll show you those tonight. Tomorrow you’ll see pictures of the Metro, sculptures and buildings I could shoot as we walked back to the Metro.

Tomorrow, I think we will both rest. Maybe I’ll get that pedicure and shoot some scenery around Stafford.