Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Mall

After the 2nd day of the Arts Integration Conference, we had tickets to the Lion King at the Kennedy Center.  No photos allowed, but it was a beautiful musical.  I liken it to War Horse in that all the characters were animals.  The "costumes" were more like props moved by the actors.  The movement was so lifelike that after a few moments you forgot about the people and saw them as animals.  Fascinating, really.
The final day of the conference was only a half day.  We were on the metro into DC by 1:00 PM planning on spending the rest of the day at the National Mall.  Unlike the previous two days, it was HOT and HUMID.  It made the sky beautiful for pictures, but I thought I was going to die of heat stroke.  
We got off at the Smithsonian stop which is located in the middle of the Mall and headed east towards the Capitol Building.  Unfortunately, they were doing some construction nearby and preparing for an event (4th of July?) on the grounds which interfered with my pictures.
Thankfully, all the Smithsonian museums are air conditioned and have free admission.  We made some quick stops inside the Air and Space Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the National Museum of American History.  One day isn't enough time to see one of the museums in DC let alone three, but the air conditioning and protection from the sun gave us a reprieve from the heat.
This year is the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner.  The American History museum had a really nice exhibit about it, and even had the 30x42 foot flag that inspired the song under glass.
We made our way, hopping in and out of cool museums, to the memorials' section on the west-end of the mall, arriving at the Washington Monument first.  With the overhead sun, the monument reflected a yellowy-white color.  It changed colors throughout the day depending on location and light.
I was last in DC in 2000.  A few new memorials have been constructed since then, including the World War II Memorial.
 And of course, the Vietnam Memorial is chilling.
 The Lincoln Memorial is the furthest west on the Mall and a nice, shady resting place after the walk.
 Plus, it has a very nice view of the Washington Monument.
 As the sun went behind the Memorial, the color of the WA Monument had a grey tone.
We also visited the Korean War Memorial, which I had not seen the last time I was in DC.  
 The statues of the soldiers and the faces engraved along its wall are ghostly.
The newest monument in DC is dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.  It sits right along the Potomac and overlooks the Jefferson Memorial.
 I was taken by the size of it.  The granite pieces are enormous.
As we walked along the Potomac towards the Metro, the Washington Monument had changed colors again.
After all was said and done, we walked a little over 5 miles in gazillion degree heat that afternoon.  We had dinner at a wonderful farm-to-table restaurant (Birch and Barley) near the White House and returned to the hotel around 11PM.  It was a great day of sightseeing on my final day in Washington DC.  I returned home on a 9am flight the next day.


  1. I wrote one in the bed this morning on the tablet and it errored 400 me so the comment was lost.
    I'll get back on this later.

  2. Ugh! That's frustrating. I wonder what's with the tablets...I'd say 30% of the comments I write on the ipad are lost due to errors or premature refreshing.

    1. Yeeeees, and with one finger and correcting predictive text as I went along. I felt soooo abused and huffily righteous about the whole thing. (chuckle)

      Anyhooos, good shots. I like the one of the Vietnam Monument. If I went to DC that would be the first, the Kennedy grave in Arlington would be a close second. In fact I would happily visit just those two and cut a dash outa there. Oh yeah, perhaps some of the houses along from Georgetown.

    2. The devices DO make tech much more convenient and immediate, but I find that I am not as fast, when it comes to typing, as I am on the laptop. Often, even if I read it on my phone or iPad, will wait to respond to an email or a post until I get home and can type on the computer. Anything of length is a pain on that touchscreen. And isn't that the truth...autocorrect is only useful part of the time. The other part of the time it turns "I'm on my way." into "Imagine more martians." ;)
      I haven't been to Arlington Cemetery. Georgetown is a fun area. The last time I was there I was moving back to CA from MA and we stopped for a couple of days. I was able to make an appointment with a MA state representative to have a tour of the Capitol Building and the White House. That was probably the best thing I've done in DC - really interesting.

    3. something odd going on

    4. I wrote a comment with the tablet and it didn't take, so, since I was awake all but for an hour I wrote a long well crafted on on the PC and that didn't take either. However whatever happened, the frustration pulled a ripcord and I was in bed and fast asleep a few moments after that last one took. :-)

    5. I couldn't comment on either the tablet or the PC. Then I wrote that, and it took. There's a touch of 2010 deja vu.

    6. Oh shoot! I wonder if it's an issue on blogger?!?! Disappointed to have missed the well-crafted comment. :)

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    1. Ya know, DC isn't a city that I would choose to go to like I would with Boston or San Francisco or Chicago, but each time I've gone I've enjoyed myself. I've been three times, only for 2-3 days each time and have done a lot of the same "touristy" things each time. Alexandria and doing the theater were new for me this go round. It would be great to have time to explore some of the museums more thoroughly, but there are so many other places I want to go. DC isn't at the top of the list unless I'm going for other reasons, like this trip.

  4. You are ON FIRE with your new camera. Lovely photos and a beautiful post, especially the memorials. Did you get a chance to see the First Ladies' dresses at the Smithsonian? That was my favorite exhibit.

    1. NO, we didn't spend much time in any one of the museums. Just snippets of them while we wiped the sweat from our brows. In the History museum we did get a to see a few of the dresses that were in the main hall. I think I'd like to have spent more time in that museum because there were tons of interesting things to see just in the time we were there. I'm sure it would have been fascinating.

  5. In truth I don't know. It certainly smells like the blogger of old. But it's ages since I've had an issue with it on the PC.

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    1. Thank you! It was a warm one this year.
      Now home with a 50 pound dog attached to me due to the smattering of fireworks going off around town. She gets so scared. It makes me feel bad for her.