Its been a busy few days in Leah-land.
Tuesday we drove to Fredricksburg, about and hour out of DC and spent the night. It was about a 3 hour drive from Newport News. Pretty uneventful trip, though I got another dose of history lesson there and back. Civil War battlefields doncha know. We detoured on the Colonial Parkway, and I took pictures of the info signs on the way as well as a few ships that the navy was getting ready on the York River and a few landscapes. Not to mention the egrets we caught a sight of on our way back to the highway. The hotel we stayed at was really nice, they had flowers all around the front and I caught a hummingbird moth tasting his way through a pot of them, had to snap a photo of that.
Wednesday we drove to Franconia, and hopped on the metro to DC, and got off at the Smithsonian stop, right on the Mall. While there I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building and the Smithsonian Castle. Then we headed for the Museum of Natural History and spent about 5 hours combing our way through Meteors, gems and minerals, bones, deep sea creatures, and… Butterflies! They have a indoor butterfly habitat that you can go in and see lots and lots of the beautiful insects, I got really snap happy as you can see. While there were lots of things to take pictures of at the museum, I opted to just go for the butterflies, I hope you all don’t mind. My favorite part was the gems and the butterflies.
Next we walked through a butterfly garden next to the museum til we got to the National Archive. Scott had lots of fun there, he practically drooled all over the constitution (kidding). I found the “Big” 75th anniversary of the Archives display very interesting; they had the Articles of Confederation (the first “constitution”) all the way unrolled (13 feet!) Two ton Taft’s tub, and among other things, a shoe belonging to Shaq. This thing was HUGE. 16 inches long. My reaction: “Holy crap.”
They also had a very nice display of public archived stuff, including “private” recordings of presidential conversations, correspondence to the president from assorted people ( complete with assorted responses), and lots of video clips. It was cool, though I was a bit bored when we got done.
After the Archives we chilled at the National Gallery’s sculpture garden for a while before we got in contact with Drew, Scott’s brother-in-law. We then headed back to Franconia on the Metro and got picked up for dinner. We stayed at Natalie and Drew’s house long enough to get a picture of one of their cats, Keikei (Koa, the other cat was shy.) and some water, before going to meet Natalie (Scott’s sister), at the mall for dinner.
We got back to the hotel in Fredricksburg around 11:30 and promptly crashed after a bath.
Today we got up around 10, showered and headed out after breakfast at IHOP. I slept most of the way home after a brief history lesson about civil war era Mattaponi river that breaks into three smaller rivers, the Matta, Po, and Ni. (We are the Knights that say NI!)
We got home around 1:30, then left for the movies at 2, with some detours to Lane Bryant (stupid people don’t carry my size/shape in pants, I’ll have to order online again), and a pet shop… Bunnies!
Then we went to the 3:20 showing of Ponyo. Which was really good. Tonight we might watch Porco Rosso tonight at Scott’s place, which is by the same director.