Trip To D.C.
After many illegal left turns, we made it to DC around noon on Friday. We got set up at our hotel and then took off to go walk around for a while. We stopped at the south side of the White House, but we couldn’t get very close. From there we walked to the Lincoln Memorial, and down the National Mall to the WWII Memorial, and then walked around the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
At around 5:30pm, we met up with my cousin Emily. It was our first time meeting (she’s on my dad’s side that I don’t really know) and it was pleasantly not awkward. I was a little bit worried but we ended up having a lot in common. Herand her friends meet up every Friday night in the summer for Jazz in the Park at the National Gallery of Art’s sculpture park. We hung out for a couple hours eating cheese and crackers, hummus, fruit, and wine that was snuck in to avoid the expensive stuff you could buy.
We went out to dinner at Asian Spice, a fusion-y kinda restaurant in Chinatown. I had eel + avocado sushi and a Burn Baby Burn roll (spicy shrimp tempura roll with tuna I think).
On Saturday we met Emily at 9am at the National Zoo. It was really nice and so much bigger than the Detroit Zoo. Pandas, elephants, lions, tigers, red pandas… PANDAS. Sadly, no penguins. After that we had some lunch at an Indian restaurant (lamb biryani) and then went to the Botanical Gardens and then the National Gallery of Art. We got some sweet frozen yogurt (green tea flavor with chocolate chips, raspberries, and caramel). After that we went to the National Portrait Gallery and put our name on the list at the Old Ebbitt Grill. We ended up having to wait about an hour and a half. Okay though, since we weren’t very hungry when we got there and just hung out at the bar until we got our table. I had a cup of clam chowder and salmon with spring veggies and fingerling potatoes.
Sunday we made our drive back home to Michigan. Left at 9am and got home at around 730pm. Seems like pretty good time. Monte Carlo didn’t overheat 🙂 Great success.
Now, only one more full day of work until Tim and I leave for six days in the UP!
Our room at the W
The W from outside at night–we were above the W sign on the right
Couldn’t get too close, apparently Obama was outside
Washington Monument, and grass that is actually green!
Statue of Lincoln
View down the National Mall
With the Michigan Sign at the WWII Memorial
Panda at the Zoo
Sweet lily pad and frog farm at the Zoo