Going with the Flow

Trip Start May 01, 2013
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Trip End May 06, 2013


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Monday, May 6, 2013

We started our time in Washington DC with the awareness that it was impossible to see everything so we shouldn't even try. I was hoping  that we could go with the flow, add a little spontaneity into each day and let our curiosity and energy guide us.  Today, I can say that we did just that!

Plan for the day:  start at the Botanical Garden to see the bonsais and then figure things out.

Actual:

  • Where are the bonsais?  Evidently not at the National Botanical Garden!   We’re informed at the information desk that they’re at the National Arboretum and that’s all the way across town not accessible from the metro.   Also, because of the sequester it’s running on reduced hours and open only on the weekends.  We walk around a little bit, admire the flowering hydrangea (love the color – took a photo!) and a long stemmed burgundy colored begonia in a hanging pot (maybe I’ll look for this variety and get this plant for home), take a look at an photo exhibit of macro flower photography and hang out on a bench for a bit.

  • We head over to the Air and Space Museum to take in two movies at the Planetarium about space.  I’m thinking in a future life I may come back as an astronaut – I love to learn about the stars and here’s an opportunity.  At the ticket counter, we learn that the equipment is having technical difficulty and there are no shows.  The rest of the museum is loud and noisy with school kids so we take off for the museum next door, which is….

  • The American Indian Museum.  We’ve had three recommendations for their restaurant and by this time we’re not far off from lunch.  But Harvey thinks  we might like the museum itself, so we give it a go.  What a find.  We were wondering how the  curators would plan this museum – would it be political?  historical? cultural? What about the building design? The garden and landscaping?  We watched a 13 minute introductory video and decided to have lunch so we’d be all set for a drumming presentation and then an introductory docent led tour.   I wish I was better at remembering tidbits of an hour tour, or at least one of the many stories.  Here’s some information about the best museum presentation of a cultural group that I’ve ever experienced: http://nmai.si.edu/home/

  • It’s 4:30 PM now and I’m writing this last journal entry of our Washington DC trip – other guests are coming in now and I’m getting distracted!  The Embassy Circle Guest house feels so comfortable – so friendly, like old friends.  When we make it back to Washington, DC, we’ll be back staying here! 

Okay, our taxi has arrived and I’m signing out.

Just a great trip to our nation’s capitol!
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