DC Day 2

October 27, 2007 at 9:25 PMJeremy

Oh, my poor feet!  I wish I'd kept track of how far we walked today.  After having breakfast over at BJ and Courtney's, we all headed to the Metro to ride out to the National Cathedral, which is a good mile or mile and a half from the station.  After spending a couple of hours walking around there, we headed back toward the station, grabbed lunch from a Cactus Cantina (good, but not quite authentic Mexican food), and headed toward Chinatown and the Internation Spy Museum.  The museum was cool but a little gimmicky, although they do have an Aston Martin DB5 there, with all the usual modifications.  Sorry, no pics - they don't allow photography inside; guess I should've borrowed one of the spy cameras they had on display.

After the Spy Museum, we walked around the block to see the FBI building and Ford's Theater.  The theater was closed for refurbishing, but across the street was the house they brought Lincoln to after he was shot.  It only took about 2 minutes to walk through that, so Marci and I splintered off from the family to go look at some of the more famous landmarks since it the sky had cleared up and looked to be perfect for picture-taking.  We walked from Ford's Theater to the White House, around past the Washington Monument to the WWII Memorial, along the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial, back along the Reflecting Pool, stopping along the way to see the Korean War Memorial and the DC World War Memorial before crossing right by Washington Monument again and back along the Mall to our Metro stop.  We rode that back out into Virginia and took a ride over to BJ and Courtney's again for a birthday party for a friend of theirs where we ate and played Apples to Apples until everybody was ready to go to sleep.  A short car ride back to our hotel and a quick blog post, and we're ready to hit the hay for another day.

National Cathedral.  Lots of gargoyles.

Hey, that guy looks like a penny!

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DC Day 1

October 26, 2007 at 10:50 PMJeremy

Well, I'm counting this as day 1 even though we got here yesterday.  All that happened yesterday was a really turbulent prop ride from Waco to DFW (I almost lost my Crunchberries) followed by an unbelievably long descent into Dulles due to fog so thick we couldn't see the wing at times.  By the time we got in, we just had time to grab a bite to eat and check into our room.

Today we got off to a late start since somebody likes to sleep.  After acquiring some snacks and breakfast, we hit the pavement only to discover that the pavement, and everything else, was wet.  Kinda hard to take pictures when you're holding an umbrella in one hand and your camera in the other.  I'll say this about those "inferior" point & shoot digital cameras: at least you can zoom, focus, and actuate the shutter with one hand.

It might not look it, but the rain was coming down pretty steady.

Once we got off the Metro, the closest thing to get us out of the rain turned out to be the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.  Some of the old favorites (like the Spirit of St. Louis) were there, but a lot of the exhibits had changed.  The special exhibit at the moment talked about the history of U.S. and Soviet space flight.  We even got to walk through a Skylab module (although I think I missed out on part of it since the clearance was only 6ft).

The Bell X-1.

This was in an exhibit about the popularization of fighter aces like the Red Baron.  I think I've seen this somewhere before. . .

We spent a long time in this museum.  Afterwards, we were pretty hungry so we found the nearest place to eat, a little French bakery.  Then we set out through the (by now torrential) rain toward the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, only to discover they were closed already.  So we went next door to the Holocaust Memorial.  We didn't have time to wait for passes to get into the whole museum, but the parts that were accessible without passes were really interesting.  It was getting close to dinner time, so we hit the Metro back to the hotel, took a ride to BJ and Courtney's apartment for dinner, and then rode out with BJ to pick up Marci's dad from the airport.

All in all it was a good first day, but I'm really hoping the weather clears up so I can try to get some better pictures.

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T-minus 1 day and counting

October 24, 2007 at 11:58 AMJeremy

Just one more day until we leave to visit my brother-in-law and sister-in-law in D.C.  I haven't the foggiest idea what we'll be doing, but I'll at least try to get some good pictures of all the sights.

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New Home, New Blog...

October 23, 2007 at 1:46 PMJeremy
We're just moving all over the place over here.  We got all of our junk out of the apartment and into our new house just two days ago, so it seemed like the right time to finally move my blog over to a new platform.  This is kinda hasty, mostly just so I can get it up and going.  It's not quite everything I'd hoped for at this point, but I'm hoping that over time, it'll develop into a solid platform.  I'll also try to get the few old posts I had on the other site moved over at some point.

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