Fun in DC

Trip Start May 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 12, 2009

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Monday, August 3, 2009

So far I have yet to be bored this entire summer. I thought I'd start making a list of everything I do around the East Coast while I'm here doing my internship.

Washington DC

When first arriving to DC I was lucky to have a roommate who didn't start until May 18th as well. She had previously been to DC so she showed me the ropes of the Metro and helped me get my bearings. We went to the Natural History and American History Museum first. There were alot of people so we didn't spend as much time as I would have liked there. The Natural History was very interesting and I really liked the Ocean exhibit. In American History I was really surprised at how big the Star Spangled Banner was. I need to go back to both of these to really see everything.

During the first week of work Megan, Josh, and I went to the White House. I was very unimpressed..except with the landscaping, and the HUGE Ginkgo tree outside. Megan tried to feed a squirel that probably had rabies.

I have been on the outside of the Capital but haven't gone inside. At some point I'll have Amara give me a tour.

The Airforce Memorial was pretty cool. Amara and I were trying to walk to Arlington Cemetery but ended up here.

Arlington Cemetery is quite a hike. By the time you get to Lee's House your worn out, especially after 8hrs of work. Very beautiful though and totally worth it. Its also a great view of the city.

The Lincoln Memorial is gorgeous. We went at night and it was unbelievable. The Washington Monument and the Capital were lit and sitting on the marble steps under Lincoln is a cool experience.

Right before the Lincoln Memorial is the Vietnam War Memorial. It has tall columns with every state and country involved. It also has a fountain.

Megan and I ran to the Jefferson Memorial. It was very similar to Lincoln, but Jefferson was made of Bronze Metal.

Megan, Josh, Amara, and I went to Night at the Museum. It wasn't as good as the first one, but the IMAX made up for it. Also seeing in the Natural History Museum where alot of it is filmed was cool.

Eastern Market is a really big farmers market and flea market. First time around I got some flowers for our room and chips and dip. 

A group of us went to the Memorial Day Concert on the National Mall. We went about 4 hours before it started to get a good seat. We were as close as we could get to the stage, so the wait was worth it. Trace Adkins played, which was pretty cool. He only played one song so I was a little disappointed.

The Holocaust Museum was a whole different type of museum. We went around 3:30 and didn't realize it would take so long. We got through the first floor before they kicked us out. We later went back and finished. It was a heavy museum and also very depressing. There were alot of pictures and reading. Once is enough of that museum.

Wheaton Metro Stop is the longest escalator in the US. It took 2 1/2 minutes to get to the top. You almost got vertigo going up it.

Amara got me addicted to the best sandwiches ever. Potbelly's is so yummy!!

Megan, Joe, and I rode the Simulators in the American History Museum. We get to do it for free with our Smithsonian IDs, but people actually pay money for these. $7 for one, so not worth it. I would be really upset if I paid money for that.

The Artomatic is a crazy art gallery that local artists display their stuff. We went through 2 floors so far, but we plan to go back. We went to the Peeporama, which was scenes displayed with peeps. It was alot of fun. I recommend this to anyone coming to DC.

King Street in Alexandria is so cute. It takes 20 min to walk down, and it is full of cute old buildings filled with shops. We found lots of restaurants, and a place you can make your own pottery. At the end is a nice peir along the Potomac.

I know I work at the Smithsonian, but one museum I would not recommend is the Hirshhorn. Unless you like modern art or fed ex boxes displayed as art.

Jazz in the Park is at the National Art Museum Sculpture garden. It was very relaxing sitting on the edge of the fountain listening to live music. Megan, Luke, and I shared a Sangria pitcher, which was actually quite strong.

I helped with Garden Fest, which ended up being fun. I didnt get a chance to really participate as a tourist, but it seemed like people were having a good time.

Pridefest...Im not gay, but this was FUN!! There were a ton of people and an awesome dance group with super sexy guys. Also the food was good.

Petersen House is where Lincoln was taken after being shot at Ford's Theatre. It is right across the street, and it is also where he ended up dying.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was very interesting. It had a lot of fun things to play with and experiment with. It also had a P-51 Mustang, which is awesome and the best WWII plane.

The National Cathedral
was so beautiful. There were crazy gargoyles around the entire thing, and some were modern-like Darth Vader. The architecture was unreal and it had a cute garden as well. They were holding a graduation ceremony when we went, Ill have to go back again.

Went to The Kennedy Center to see "Shear Madness" It was really funny and interacted with the audience. The Kennedy Center was really nice and had a great view from the terance. I plan to go back to see "Spring Awakening" with Calvin.

Mt. Vernon
was a beautiful get away from the city. It took about an hour to get up to it by the time I rode the metro and bus, but totally worth it. The Mansion is just so so, but the Estate is amazing, and really relaxing. I know I get enough nature at work, but this is a good get away. Its also worth paying the $3 to go to the Gristmill and Distilery down the road. They take about 45min but its interesting. Plan a whole day for this adventure.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival
sponsors three groups of people every year. This year was Wales, African Americans, and Latin America. Wales was the best and had really unique woods carving and performances. Food was expensive, but looked good.

The 4th of July Celebration on the Mall was great. It felt very patriotic to be at the capital for the 4th of July. The most entertaining part was watching the hords of people run to the metro.

Hillwood Estate if you go for the gardens its worth it, but other than that don't waste your time. Its a women bragging about the money she had and the stuff she bought with it.

Theodore Roosevelt Island was gorgeouse. Megan and I ran there from Crystal City(about 8 miles RT). We walked around the island and got a little lost. The memorial in the middle is really pretty and really represents how much he loved nature.

The Alexandria Birthday Celebration was alot of fun and the fireworks were actually better than on the 4th. They were more unique and there was a concert playing along with it. We ate kettle corn and candy.

Smithsonian National Zoo, it was alot of fun like zoos usually are, but extremely crowded which took away from the fun. I would go in the early morning if I go again.

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