As usual we took waaaay too many pictures on our trip... but there was just so much to see. One of the things about living in a community where pretty much everything was made with wood (wood being readily available at the time), we don't have too much by way of lasting or even impressive architecture. Well, some impressive... or at least interesting... but still not much. So places like Washington which have longer history and more enduring building materials make for a bit of overkill with the camera.
|The Congress Building|
And of course, the Air & Space Museum (the Mall and the Udvar Hazy Centre) was like geek Mecca for the both of us. So many gadgets. And Aaron and I totally kicked some ass on the fighter-pilot simulator. He did the flying, and I did the gunning. Oh, did I mention that the simulator even flipped us UPSIDE DOWN? Yeah, it did.
|Where are these jokers? Why on the space shuttle!|
Without going too far into it, we do have to go back. I need to revisit the Library of Congress (aka Mecca for librarians). We need to revisit the Holocaust Museum (if you are at all interested you need way more time than they say you need, and our tickets were too late in the day) and, of course, the cherry blossoms, not to mention cooler weather.
|Us in front of the LoC|
|Yup, it was hot.|
4th of July was ah-may-zing. Not so much because we got good seats to view the attractions (we didn't. Our view of the fireworks was blocked by the cloud of sulphurous smoke floating towards us, and our seats on the East Lawn of the Congress building really didn't have a great view aside from the calves of people standing in front of us) but for the sheer amount of people, and the kind of atmosphere it was. We'd never been a part of hundreds-of-thousands-of-people. The closest I've come is Boxing Day in Glasgow on Buchanan Street... a sea of people, store front to store front. This rivalled that for certain - the National Mall was packed. And though the level of security was disconcerting at times (decontamination tents? apparently.), the place really had the air of a county fair. Kids hanging off trees (the amount of green space and greenery in DC is impressive for a dense urban centre), families eating, dancing, laughing, bickering. You could have easily been at the Kinmount fair and felt a similar vibe.
|On the lawn of the Congress Building.|
Arlington was beautiful and sobering all at once. The monuments that got to me the most were, of course, those for the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews.
|Shielding my eyes from the sun as I observe the monuments for the shuttles Challenger and Columbia.|
|Capital Bike Share|
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