Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Family trip to the National Zoo #family #vacation #washingtondc

This wasn't our last stop of the day, but I took a lot of photos here.  We drove over early as we didn't want parking to be gone.  It's $25 to park at the zoo, even though the zoo itself is free.  There were food trucks scattered around for a choice of edibles.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Family trip to the National Arboretum #family #vacation #washingtondc

We actually did this one the same day as the Air and Space Museum.  With so much there being closed, we had extra time.  So we wandered into the Arboretum to check it out.

Inside and outside, there's a lot to explore.  There's even a children's garden with mister, area to dig, and more.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Family trip to Air and Space #family #vacation #summer #smithsonian #washingtondc

Our timing was really off for part of this trip.  2/3 of the Air and Space Museum were closed for renovations/updates.  So, it really didn't take us long at all to get through.  After we finished with the art, this is where we headed.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Happy 18th Birthday! #daughter #birthday

She graduated high school a few short weeks ago and is now turning 18.  Two major milestones all within one month!  Happy 18th birthday to my baby girl.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Family Trip to National Art Gallery #family #vacation #summer #washingtondc

There's plenty here if you're a fan of what I would call 'classical' art.  The first floor is filled with art (painting & sculpture) in both wings.  Downstairs is the gift shop and other types of art (furniture, dishes, etc).  All of it worth the time to take in.

While we were there we also saw painters practicing by duplicating some of the art work in the gallery.  Fascinating to watch them work.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Family Trip to Washington D.C. #family #summer #travel #washingtondc

Our last family trip before I have 2 kids in college full time.  Ack.  We went up to Washington D.C. and stayed in National Harbor.  The pictures will be broken up to different days.  I'll sort them by where we went.

We drove to one of the train stations and rode in to L'Enfant station.  If you go, they are renovating several stations and as a result there's only bus service/shuttles from those stations to a different station in operation.  I'd recommend checking those in advance.

We actually did NOT go to either of these iconic locations.  We had planned to, but plans changed based on heat and tiredness in the family.

Other than around National Harbor itself, the first "big" place we visited was the Hirshorn Museum.  We did a very quick walk through as none of us are big modern art fans.  From there we went to the Museum of Natural History.  It took us approximately 3 hours to work our way through (combination of lots of tour groups and just taking our time). Unfortunately, the hall of dinosaurs was closed for renovations/updates.

Unless you're willing to pay a considerable amount for the food (and air conditioning), I don't recommend eating inside the museums.  There were always food trucks in the area, which after paying for a lunch here, we found to be a better bargain (and better food).

The next stop we actually broke into two days.  We did the National Gallery of Art.  We only got in one wing and floor before we were just done for the day and headed back.  I'll post those pictures Wednesday.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Friday Fantasy #fairy #fairies #garden

If you've seen my garden outside, you would already know that I have a penchant for gnomes and fairies. I had some fairy things that I couldn't put outside, so I cleared room in my sunroom for them.