Another day of sight seeing in DC! Be prepared for oodles of photos!
Above: Dasher paws the cat and gets his wish. She vacates.
Jim and I headed into DC separately from the rest of the gang to take a guided tour of the Smithsonian “Castle” which was the first Smithsonian building and now serves as an information center.
The docent explained how the Smithsonian got it’s start. The short answer? James Smithson.
Above/Below: Smithson’s Crypt.
There are very few exhibits here at this building. They did have a room with display cases highlighting a few things from each Smithsonian museum. It’s kind of like a sampler. One case contained an artifact – a statue of an Eskimo. I thought it was funny. See below:
OK, grow up. They did have a nice exhibit called, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection”. You can click on the link and see a slideshow of them on the Smithsonian webpage. They do a fantastic job of explaining the pins purpose along with photos.
Next! Over to the Air and Space Museum (the other day Jim and I did the other location) for another tour. First we’ll meet up with Carl & Tim and have lunch while Laurie & Pearl explore the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum on their own.
OK, let’s go on the tour and get ed-u-ma-cated.
Above: All the way down in the gift shop was this ginormous Enterprise.
Carl and Tim left the tour early, met the girls at the restaurant I mentioned above and the 4 of them returned to their hotel for a nap. Jim and I remained in DC. We looked at some more exhibits.
Later that evening we had reservations/tickets to go up inside the Washington Monument for 6:30pm. Carl, Tim, Laurie and Pearl were running a little late so we went up into the monument without them. As we exited, they were going up so we waited for them outside.
Here’s my inside pictures:
Above: Time to catch the elevator back down.
Once we all rendezvoused outside it was time for some photos. Photos of the best DC subject? Us!
I love those photos and I love my friends!
Time to check the map and have dinner. How about the Hard Rock?
Above: This is Balance Turtle. Laurie and Pearl take him with them on vacations. Balance Turtle has done a lot of traveling. Pearl says she’ll guest post or we’ll link to her blog about Balance Turtle’s deep dark past. OK, the deep dark part was just to get you hooked.
Dinner at Hard Rock sucked. Tim’s steak was cold. It and Jim’s meal came out first. The food runner stood at the end of the table and passed the food down from one end to the other. I hate that. Why didn’t he walk around? It was a long time before the other meals came out. Jim asked for mayo at the time of his order, none came out with the meal. He asked the server and she said it would be a few since she had to walk all the way down stairs to get it. I whispered to her that she had better get it now since he had ordered it from the beginning and can’t enjoy his burger without it. My chicken was yummy. Carl seemed to have gotten the wrong burger but ate it anyway. Tim complained about his cold food but did not want a new one. The manager came over and we let him have it. Tim was comp’d his meal. We got sincere apologies from the manager. The prices at this location were astronomical. For the price we paid, yes, we were expecting some perfection in the entire experience.
Time to go home. Tomorrow we have another day of sightseeing planned.
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