Chris and I couldn’t make it home for Thanksgiving this year, so we took a day trip up to Washington D.C. instead. The real intent of the trip was to visit the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which just reopened last week after having been closed for over two years for renovations.
Unfortunately, the museum was so crowded that it was basically a bust as far as seeing anything. We compensated by visiting the wonderfully set up and extremely fascinating Newseum, a museum dedicated to news and reporting.
Part of a six foot section of the Berlin Wall housed by the Newseum:
Official record of Presidential secession:
Wall of newspaper headlines from 9/12/2001
And a tremendous view of the capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue from their terrace:
(That is where they are building the podium for Obama’s inauguration.)
We also visited Arlington National Cemetary, a highly worthwhile endeavor which I reccommend strongly, if only for the view:
It was very moving and extremely interesting.
(The mast of the U.S.S. Maine!)
The trip was fun but exhausting. Sunday was spent mostly vegging and doing this:
SO not ready to go back to work tomorrow!