And here we have last April's trip to Washington DC (and surrounding areas) and it was awesome. And so long ago. But looking at all the pictures of Allie makes me happy because I've missed her.
Here Allie, Heather and Nathanial are in front of the Environmental Protection Agency. I think because it's Allie's favorite government office....or least favorite....or she worked there...or we happened to be standing in front of it waiting for the light to change...
I know we went to a museum (I think we did? We did, right? A lot of them?) and it had a darling doll house of any little girl's dream. I wanted one, badly. It almost made me willing to take up woodworking so I could build my own. Almost. Is woodworking hard? I don't even know. Will someone make me a detailed doll house?
Baby Nathanial can sleep ANYWHERE! Kid after my own heart... Also he never really cried. He's just a happy, chill little baby.
I'm pretty sure something was famous about this guitar. I took a picture because I wished I could get one, with the gorgeous designs, for my dad. I love guitars. Hearing them; not playing them.
Street cart food is an important staple of any trip. It's one of the things I look forward to the most! I'm not sure what that says about me....
Heather, Allie and Nathanial at the Museum of Natural History. Unsurprisingly, I loved the exhibit where they had forensic information on how people died in Jamestown (was it Jamestown? I'm not even willing to look it up). One boy died from an infected tooth and the infection went to his brain. I looked at it and thought of how I had an upcoming root canal and realized I would have been dead long ago if not for dentistry. It made me love my already very loved dentist even more.
Also the mummies were cool. I'm pretty sure Heather was creeped out by both exhibits. I think she liked the precious jewels area.
Heather and I then met up with our dear friend Chance who gave us a tour of the Capitol. Here Heather is standing in the middle of the universe. Or DC. One of the two. Maybe both. (o:
Chance might have to correct my details, but there is a room where the clock is purposefully viable from anywhere you stand so no one has an excuse to be late (I'm going to get the full story from Chance when he's back from his boring vacation to Idaho). I think my mom would really love that room.
This statue has an unfinished woman. Chance said it's unfinished because it could either be the first female president, or symbolic of all women. Heather decided to pose since she thinks she would fit in the statue just perfectly.
Heather and I left Chance to work and had lunch at Good Stuff Eatery. It was, as Chance promised, VERY delicious!
We then visited the Air and Space Museum (which I'd never been to before) and it was weirdly packed.
And then found a place to get pedicures, because that's exactly what one needs after a day of walking. Though, this was my first pedicure and I wasn't sure what to expect. The girl doing it was also new at the process and she exfoliated my heels beyond what I think should have been exfoliated. There were chunks of skin in the towel. It was kind of not awesome. But the rest of it was great.
After work, Chance took us back to his house where we got to have dinner with him and Jenny. I had started getting a migraine (too much sun, not enough water), so I was the most boring of all dinner guests and I felt terrible. We also had to leave (read: migraine) before I had the opportunity to totally dominate them in RISK.
And a random picture of Allie's no-longer-a-baby climbing stairs and being generally agreeable.
We drove to some town (I'm good with details, clearly) and rode a boat that was pulled by mules. There was a symphony playing on the grass beside the river, which was a nice touch.
Allie, Heather and Nathanial on the boat. It was a very relaxing ride...
Then we took a walk further down the river. Here Heather and I are above the gaping chasm of water and death.
The aforementioned chasm. My first thought upon seeing it was wondering how a kayak would do going down it....probably not well. It was sort of an angry river area.
Surprisingly, our favorite thing was the Newseum. It was SO COOL! Heather and I even went back after the first day because we didn't see everything. This all had something to do with the Stephen Colbert Day.
And it was my first time seeing the White House (maybe next time we can go inside! Heck, while I'm being ambitious, maybe some day I'll live there! Wait, no, that would probably not be awesome because of all the public speaking required....). We had some darling Chinese boys take our picture and I took theirs. I counted to three in Mandarin when I took their photo and they all started laughing so it turned out darling. I wish it was on my camera because they were really so funny.
It was also Nathanial's first time at the White House! He was very excited about it.
Heather wanted a picture with the lady who camps out across the street from the White House. No idea why.... Mentally stable people don't enjoy camping that much, so you know something had to be off. Yes, I am basing her mental stability on the fact that she's long-term camping.
It was also Nathanial's first time at an Occupy Wall Street protest! He doesn't have a job, so he fit right in with the protesters.
And Heather found herself getting behind some of the Occupy protest ideas. At least the ideas made out of conversation hearts.
Heather and I went to the Holocaust Museum. I wasn't as moved by it as I have been by others. It just wasn't designed as well. But I was touched by the man who stood in the middle of a room with just names and candles and he read name after name of people who had died.
It's probably terrible of me, but I noticed the building across the street from the Holocaust Museum for one reason...
Doesn't the facade look like it has little swastikas? Is that horrible? It was an interesting design choice, in any case.
Back at the Newseum (did I mention how cool that place is???) we visited the Berlin Wall. I have a piece of it in my possession, but it's not a cool piece, mostly just concrete and rebar.
There was also a piece of art made out of typefaces that I would have LOVED to get for MamaLynne! Or at least a print of the piece.... I'm sad I can't remember what it was called so I could look for a print. Maybe I'll send Chance and Jenny over. They can make it a date night!
This is the 9/11 section. It is MASSIVE. The walls are lined with the front pages from all over the world on the 11th and 12th.
Outside the Newseum, they change the newspapers every day to be the front pages of various countries and of all the states.
Heather's favorite part of the day was when we found her frozen yogurt. Here she is jumping for joy!
After getting our frozen yogurt, we were supposed to go on a ghost tour (the directions for where the tour meets are in Heather's mouth because she is multi-tasking while I am photographing). By the time we'd walked to the correct location, the wind had picked up, it was freezing cold and starting to rain. We thought about buying sweaters, but, really, that would only do so much, so we opted out of the tour and returned home. It was really SO cold. But now we'll never know what ghosts haunt DC.
Another good reason to just go home...our pedicures, while nice, made our feet extra susceptible to irritation and injury.
This is our metro self-portrait.
For our last full day, we visited Ford's Theater, which was really cool! I would like a ghost tour of that building. We were planning to go to Arlington, but the stop was closed and it was so cold, but Ford's Theater was a really good alternative choice!
We fought against the wind, rain and broken umbrella to eat lunch at the place that the assassins plotted Lincoln's demise. It is now a Chinese restaurant called Wok N' Roll.
Not the greatest picture because I didn't want my camera getting too wet, but you can see the rain POURING off the National Archives. They didn't allow pictures in the building. It was really cool seeing all these amazing old documents. And it was of personal interest to Heather because she gets her WWII documents from the National Archives for the work study she's doing.
Just to highlight how Heather and I have completely opposite personalities, here is Heather's side of the bedroom.
And here is mine....
For our last night we had a game night with Allie and Carl's friends. Allie made popcorn on the stove. Heather and I, as a thank you, sent her a Whirly Pop because it would change her life -- and I'm sure it did.
Finally, on our way to the airport we got frozen yogurt and stopped by the DC temple (which I'd never seen before!). It was so cold I swear it was starting to snow. And here Heather and I were in shorts and flip flops. Then we were delivered safely to the airport and flew home. Until our next visit with Allie (where she promised us a visit to Busch Gardens.... just to remind her. Though my Auntie Ali lives out there, maybe we'll make her take us to the theme park. Or Chance and Jenny. Clearly our loyalties are fickle!).
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