After watching egregious amounts of back episodes of Barefoot Contessa and Pioneer Woman, and spending a good half of my weekend cleaning my living space and watching The Wolf of Wall Street (OMG, the debauchery!!), I’m just now getting around to continuing my blog posts from my trip last month to Washington, D.C. I’m headed to Nebraska this weekend to meet my friend, Laura, for Sandhill Crane sightings, country road photography, and all-around fun. Her birthday is Thursday, and I found a birdy gift I think she’ll just love!
Formalities out of the way, let’s get back to the main point of this post: Mister “Macho Traveler” thinks he knows where he’s going, and ends up making an accidental trip into the wrong museum, but it ends up working out A-OK.
With rain pouring from the sky at a rather alarming rate after lunch at Good Stuff Eatery, I left my aunt back at The Library and took the short metro ride over to the Smithsonian/National Mall. By the time I got off the train, the rain had turned to a light mist (D.C. weather is about as weird as weather in Southwest Kansas, which is saying something). I photographed the Capitol and Washington Monument from afar with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone before making my way to the “National Gallery of Art.”
I say it this way because I honed in on a domed building on the Mall, walked up the stairs and – instead of seeing banners of renaissance art – saw pennants with butterflies and other natural creates. “WTF?!” I thought to myself. It turns out I’d arrived at the National Museum of Natural History, not the National Gallery of Art like I’d expected to spend a leisurely afternoon at. Apparently disoriented (I mean, seriously?!) and short on time, I decided to go for it and snap some pics (I remembered there was an elephant and a dinosaur or two from a childhood visit). Turns out this was a good move, as a major part of the museum is slated to close later next month for a $48 million, 5-year renovation. I guess I’m glad I got to see them while I was still somewhat young!!
After a brief jaunt through the museum, I headed outside, met by a rainless sky and a Stomp-like performer’s music. I decided to slowly make my way east on the Mall towards the Capitol building on the way to my aunt’s office and the end of my day in the city. In a way, I did get to visit the National Gallery of Art. It turns out the two are very close (let the rationalization begin…), and I made the time to walk through the Sculpture Garden, which I hadn’t done in the past. The sculptures were quite fascinating, and I took Hipsta shots of my favorites and have posted them below.
Stay tuned for the final posts (you didn’t think the time would come, did you?) from my trip to D.C.!