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Washington, DC 2019 Trip

A few weeks ago I got an email letting me know that I had a free night at a Kimpton Hotel offer that was soon to expire. Since our anniversary was approaching we decided to book a room in Washington, DC.

Yesterday we hopped on a train and ended up in Union Station:

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We took a selfie in front of the Capitol (and didn't run into any senators!).

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And then we took a stroll through the Botanical Gardens (which Marisa had been to many times to teach classes but never had the opportunity to actually see!).

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There was a water feature!

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None of the fruit was ready for picking, but you shouldn't pick it anyway!

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Lots of plants!

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And pictures of plants.

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Then we headed to the National Museum of the American Indian (which I had been to 13 years ago!)

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I didn't take a lot of pictures in the museum because it bummed me out. The US Government has been pretty terrible to the American Indians. But he's a statue of George Washington chilling with some American Indians.

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This was in our hotel room. Very dramatic.

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Here's Marisa with a distant (and slightly better well known) relative.

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It would seem to Obama portraits have increased visitorship to the National Portrait gallery threefold.

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William McKinley or a vampire? You decide.

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My brunch was pretty tasty.

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Then we headed to the Air and Space Museum, which was a favorite of mine as a kid. Luckily, it seems have changed very little in 25 years. Ok, that wasn't so lucky as many of the exhibitions were looking a little worse for wear.

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But I was really there to see this original filming model of the Enterprise. We got there a little before 1pm without knowing that they light up the model for 10 minutes at 1pm!

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Here it is sans lights.

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We saw some sculpture.

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And then visited the National Postal Museum, which I didn't have high hopes for. Turns out, it is a pretty good museum.

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And they have a sweet statue of Ben Franklin.

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"Be a man and do it!"

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This was on the ceiling.

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All in all a good time was had by all.

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