So, how has the trip been? I haven't even uploaded all the pictures yet, but let me see if I can give some highlights:
Best Lucky Opportunity
A tie. First, I tripped into the guided tour at NA&S and got more detail than I ever wanted about the evolution of aircraft from the Wright Flyer through Space Ship One (SPACE SHIP ONE!?! I didn't even realize that it had already been retired!) No pictures from this part yet - I was focused on what the guide was saying.
Second was wandering in the bug zoo just as they announced they were going to feed the tarantula. It was kind of like watching my 14 year old son eat. You know - Frame #1: Cricket & Spider. Frame #2: Spider with Cricket Stuck to its Mandible. I think I saw it move, but I wouldn't swear to it.
Most Moving Experiences
Another tie - First, being stopped dead in my tracks when I realize I'm looking at a shattered girder from the World Trade Center in the American History Museum.
Second, same museum, realizing I had a tear in my eye as my daughter read a letter home from a WWII pilot.
Most Annoying Experience
Same museum - discovering they spend a lot more energy on pop culture than they do, you know, on history.
Wandering the Mall from monument to monument, checking out all the new ones that have been added since 1989. The Korean War monument blew me away; the WWII monument is cool but over done. FDR's monument is cool but way, way, over blown. That's a lot of real estate to dedicate to one man, you know?
Best Forgotten Memory
I remembered why, when I lived in DC, I spent every spring with a camera and macro lens glued to my face:
I promise to write again, later, to explain things like how we caught the barest edge of the immigration protest and what we saw, and how we managed to miss the Cherry Blossom parade and why (both are interesting, I promise)
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