Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Trip Log -- Day 9
Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian was on the agenda for Tuesday, July 14. We saw our sightseeing spots from last year (like the capitol, Washington Monument, etc.) again from a distance, but we focused on things we didn't get to before.
The Smithsonian is big enough to spend multiple days or weeks in. Since we didn't have that time, we saw the highlights, sped through most of the exhibits, and slowed down to enjoy what we liked the most. We took more photos than we needed... and had a marvelous time!
This post is not an endorsement of the Smithsonian in any way, shape, or form. Caution must be used when visiting any museum. The evolution aspects were discouraging (among other things), but overall, it was a "take it with a grain of salt" experience.
My favorite things included the flag that inspired The Star Spangled Banner at the National History Museum, the collection of gems and precious stones at the Natural History Museum, the Orville and Wilbur Wright exhibit at the Air and Space Museum, and... too much else. I saw Judy Garland's ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, Apolo Anton Ohno's speed skates from the Olympics, tons of airplanes, space stuff, gems, dinosaur skeletons, and much more.
We had more great family time in the evening -- after we escaped from the Metro system -- so it was a super day all around.