Monday, April 12, 2010

Spring Break trip to DC

The spring blooms in Washington DC this weekend were beautiful. This is landscaping outside of the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall side.

In this temple
as in the hearts of the people
for whom he saved the union
the memory of Abraham Lincoln
is enshrined forever
The view from the Lincoln Memorial of the Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument, Capitol, Smithsonian Natural History Museum and the Castle.
This peacock is on display in the far room of the west wing of the Smithsonian's Castle. This reminds us of The Peacock Room by Whistler which can be found in the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery.
Seed catalog display in the castle.
I'm considering using this little guy in the Kenneth E. Behring Family Hall of Mammals in the  Natural History Museum as my facebook profile picture.
Took this photo to show to the 2 cats living here when they think they are fierce.
We searched out all the information we could on Amelia Earhart for a Famous American Social Studies project.  The A&S museum has her Lockheed 5B Vega that she flew across the Atlantic and across the US, both as the first woman to do so.  
One of the exhibits I found most interesting and new to me was Written in Bone - Forensic Files of the 17th Century. Of course we raced through it but I now know there are a number of books and a dvd available. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland by Sally Walker is the companion volume to the exhibit. Written in Bone: Bone Biographer's Casebook was also available at the gift shop.  The History channel has a dvd as well: Written In Bone.        
We traveled up 95 on Friday, stayed at the Holiday Inn - Capitol, 1 block from the Air and Space Museum. Awesome location. The room was ok.  Got to visit the Air & Space Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Castle 2 different days. Saturday we watched the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, kids rode the carousel in front of the Castle, walked to the Lincoln Memorial, passed the Capitol, Washington Monument and White House more than once on our journey, passed the Vietnam Memorial, rode the Circulator back around the Mall from 16th to 6th Street for $2 total saving our tired feet.  Ate at the Capital City Brewery Company downtown Friday night. We ate at the Arlington location last time. Probably won't go again.  Breakfast and 1 dinner at the hotel were good. We took advantage of our parking pass until 5 at the hotel on Sunday before heading home. Overall, a very enjoyable trip.

On the drive home, we knew we were going south as we saw this: 
Ye Haw!


Missy's Blog said...

Beautiful pictures! I love visiting DC. We've never been there in the spring only summer and fall. I've always wanted to go when the cherry blossoms are blooming.

Sounds like a terrific trip you guys had. So glad you had fun.

Janet said...

Sounds like a nice trip....loved the return photo. Truly in home territory.
I agree, that would be a great profile picture for you.
I really like visiting DC, thanks for sharing your trip here.