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:
We took a selfie in front of the Capitol (and didn't run into any senators!).
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!).
There was a water feature!
None of the fruit was ready for picking, but you shouldn't pick it anyway!
Lots of plants!
And pictures of plants.
Then we headed to the National Museum of the American Indian (which I had been to 13 years ago!)
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.
This was in our hotel room. Very dramatic.
Here's Marisa with a distant (and slightly better well known) relative.
It would seem to Obama portraits have increased visitorship to the National Portrait gallery threefold.
William McKinley or a vampire? You decide.
My brunch was pretty tasty.
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.
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!
Here it is sans lights.
We saw some sculpture.
And then visited the National Postal Museum, which I didn't have high hopes for. Turns out, it is a pretty good museum.
And they have a sweet statue of Ben Franklin.
"Be a man and do it!"
This was on the ceiling.
All in all a good time was had by all.