Our visit to Washington was delightful as we continue to add more sites we’ve visited and return to those we’ve seen before. We stayed at Cherry Hill RV Park in College Park north of the District. Not only does a Metro bus route connect with the Metro Green Line, but Grayline coaches pick-up in the morning and return you from Union Station. No car needed and the park has a gourmet ice cream bar!
The first day we visited the Martin Luther King and Korean Veterans Memorials and paid our respects to fallen comrades in arms at The Wall. We then joined a zillion school children for lunch at the Atrium in the Natural History Museum. Had a great eggplant panini sandwich with 90 decibels of kids. We wanted to see the Titanoboa exhibit that we read about in last month’s Smithsonian magazine, but turns out the magazine was better than the exhibit. We then wandered across the Mall to the Hirshhorn Museum and it’s great sculpture and light exhibits.
Pausing for iced tea in the National Art Museum Sculpture Garden, a more adult eating venue, we then walked across Constitution Avenue for the research areas in the National Archives. Was fun to get plastic photo ID researcher cards, but efforts to obtain more US Lighthouse records on a 2GG from Astoria, George Pearson, were fruitless. A good excuse to return after we reorganize our research plan.
Our second day was shorter as thunderstorms and tornado warnings were forecast for the afternoon and we didn’t want to leave Allie and Kinnon unattended. We took one of the Grayline open double decker buses for a tour and then had an adult lunch at National Art Museum Sculpture Garden (are you catching a theme here?). We then caught the Green Line north to College Park and transferred to a Metro bus to the RV park. The folks at Cherry Hill are really organized: they can provide you with a MetroRail card for just what you need to get to back.
The weather was fortunately not as violent as forecast, but we sat and watched the numerous storm tracks unfold on one of my Android apps. A couple dumped quite a bit of rain on us. Allie was a little nervous and still wants to join us in bed when it gets loud, but the noise stopped at bedtime and cooler temperatures made comfortable sleeping without the air conditioner.
The United States remains a great experiment in democracy, and Washington, DC is a place that provides us with evidence of a common history and a common purpose. The city can be a glue that can hold our nation together if we have an appreciation for our past, with all its grand accomplishments and fundamental imperfections, and are willing to look beyond the current serious imbalances for solutions that move us forward.