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Washington and Shawnee (revisited) [Jul. 26th, 2004|07:59 pm]
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This weekend was a bunch of fun, krchicken and I left friday night and spent the weekend in DC. I'm not sure what to make of our hotel, it seemed to be a nice fancy hotel that somehow got stuck in a run-down area or vice-versa. No real problems, just a general feeling of age I think.

Satuday - Tourists in DC
Anyway, we just sort of collapsed Friday night, but Saturday was packed full -- we went to the National American History museum. Then we went to have lunch on the way to the International Spy Museum, and amazingly ran into Jon, Anand, and Tim who were also on their way there and passed our table randomly. Given that they left from Philly without knowing we were in town, it was sort of amusing. When we did get to the Spy museum, they were sold out until later in the afternoon, so we got tickets and went to walk around the mall.

We walked from the around 9th street (near the capitol, but not all the way down) all the way to the Lincoln memorial. We stopped for a while at the World War II memorial -- it was really impressive, much moreso than what I had read about it led me to believe. It has some beautiful fountains and the architechure is really nice -- and the monument itself is very large -- almost 7.5 acres! We went down from there to the Lincoln memorial via the middle of the reflecting pool, which was pretty empty.

We then hiked up to GWU and took the metro back to the spy museum (they really should put a metro stop by the Lincoln memorial, sigh). We didn't spend enough time there I think (but I had been there before when we weren't facing any sort of hard time limit). In any case, it turned out ok because we left from there to go to The Brickskeller.

If there is one restaurant/bar you get to when you're DC, and you're of legal age, it needs to be this one. They have many thousands of beers on their menu, and there's sure to be something you'll like, you just have to find it. They also have tasty desserts and regular food. We went there with Alison and Ros and Vinnie and Laura (who were house-hunting in the area) and it was a good time, except our waitress was on her like second day of the job and didn't quite have all the beers straight in her head yet (the last time I was there the waitress was an encyclopedia of beer -- very impressive).

Afterwords Vinnie and Laura left and Ros, Al, krchicken and I went to Cosi, where we had some good coffee and some smores. Again, very yummy. The waitress there was pretty good too.

Sunday - Shawnee via the Air & Space Annex
Sunday morning we headed out of DC via the new Air and Space annex near Dullas. It's a very different feel from the museum on the Mall. The annex has a whole bunch of artifacts (well, entire planes, but 'artifacts' is the best word to describe it, I guess), whereas the museum has a bunch of exhibits but not quite so many actual planes. They're definitely still under construction -- signs are everywhere referring to temporary locations of exhibits and so on. They need some more hands on stuff too, if they can figure out how to do it properly. It was a really cool museum though.

Sunday afternoon and evening was spent at krchicken's parent's place in Shawnee State Park (yes, in the park). Had some BBQd fish, corn, and especially PINEAPPLE. Finally we had some cherry and blueberry pie and drove home late at night. Very much fun, very exhausting.

Pictures may follow later.

T-minus 4 days before the launch is out on the pad. T-minus 12 days to blast off.

[User Picture]From: duckmonster
2004-07-27 01:16 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fun trip!

I haven't gotten to see the new Air & Space thing at Dulles, but it sounds cool; I'll have to sweet-talk some of my D.C. buddies into going with me, if I can get down there.

Actually, I haven't seen the Spy Museum, either. It was always on my "to do" list, but it never got done.

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[User Picture]From: krchicken
2004-07-27 04:17 am (UTC)
the spy museum was very cool. i would have liked to spend a lot more time there- maybe in some off season when there aren't as many people going through- its *really* popular.
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[User Picture]From: balter
2004-07-27 06:35 am (UTC)
I was at the Spy Museum earlier this month. I was disapointed. Lots of stuff, not much depth. The stories are what makes spies interesting to me.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-27 01:02 pm (UTC)
Depth is something I've found lacking in a lot of museums. The Smithsonian seems to do a reasonable good job (as far as muesums go) though.

I was really dissapointed with the New York Natural History museum, however... I felt like it was geared towards second graders.
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[User Picture]From: hyperzot
2004-07-27 05:51 am (UTC)
That's a pity about your Brickskeller waitress. Did she perform the beer-pouring ritual well?

Also, your reference to Dulles reminds me of our late tour through the express loop.
Oh the express loop.
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[User Picture]From: stalkingmsd
2004-07-27 01:01 pm (UTC)
There was much lacking of the beer-pouring ritual, sadly.
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[User Picture]From: krchicken
2004-07-27 02:48 pm (UTC)
no beer pouring ritual. i had to pour my own. and beg for the too small glass to pour it into. the beer was nummy though.
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