Presenting the results of the completion (ish) of my D.C. bucket list!
The National Zoo
The National Arboretum (I have an unusual affection for trees)
|It would appear that columns are grown, not built
A repeat of an old favorite, the Air and Space Museum on the Mall
Annapolis, home of the US Naval Academy, on a very cool and somewhat rainy day
Featured but not pictured:
The National Museum of the Marine Corps
– volunteering there was a veteran of the battle of Iwo Jima. We chatted, and I learned he taught music at Stanford University for years. “Go to the museum website and look up my name,” he told visitors, “Frank Matthews – they have a lot of old pictures of me in the war and my story. I don’t like to look at all those pictures. It’s depressing – I was so much better looking back then.”
Not checked off the list:
A return to the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
What remains most important to me, though, is not the places that I visited, but the fact that I got to see them (most of them) with my parents. After having spent a year in another country, getting ready to move 800 miles away, not knowing in which direction the next few years will take me – it was really lovely to spend time with my parents, enjoying our shared interests together (nature, history, being nerdy, etc). I think we’re all pretty confident it’s time for me to move out, though!
Now there is a new list – Things I Must Do Today Before I Leave Tomorrow.