09 Apr

DC Day

Way back when, I used to post a lot (or it seemed a lot to me) about the German fests and sights we used to visit. There was a lot of cultural fun to post about in Hawai’i too. But lately, I’ve been feeling like I haven’t posted much about life outside my sewing basket. Part of it is that we haven’t been nearly as adventurous here in Virginia. We may also have binged on too much Monticello in our first year, if that’s at all possible.

However, Sunday took us to DC, to see if the cherry blossoms had bloomed. Not quite, but it was a fabulous spring day and we thoroughly enjoyed being outside.

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The cherry trees are concentrated near the Tidal Basin, which is also the site of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. He’s our guy.

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The pink trees hadn’t burst out in flower yet, but some of the white varieties had. So pretty!

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There was food at the Cherry Blossom Festival, but what looked good to us was horribly over priced, so we went to the Museum of the American Indian for lunch because we had heard their cafeteria was pretty good. It was. Far more interesting and tasty than what we’ve sampled at Air and Space or the Museum of American History. If you’re going to pay too much, you might as well enjoy it.

We also wandered around a bit. I have to say, it’s not a great wandering museum. I think there’s a narrative to be followed and it all makes much more sense when given the time to be taken in properly. We were kinda tired from walking around the Tidal Basin though, so we’ll have to return another day for a real visit. It caught my attention that native Hawaiians were included in the mix, with an outrigger near the lobby and a photo in the cafeteria of a woman harvesting taro. We tried to find the Hawaiian parts of the native American story, but were a bit disappointed that even the Hawaiian creation myth was not included in the panoply of beginnings at the start of the tour. Oh well, I guess it’s part of America by hook and crook, not by geography like the mainland First Nations cultures.

One of of other things I noticed, was Nations, a beaded flag by Jenny Ann Taylor Chapoose. It’s fantastic both in its fine detail work, and in the overall message. The juxtaposition of the comparatively few American states with the many many native tribes is both subtle and wrenching. Take the time to click the link.

On the less serious side, the kids really enjoyed a display of animal themed artifacts, which included these net floats in the shapes of seals and walruses which I found absolutely charming.

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On the drive home, we stopped at the Moo Thru, an absolute must for anyone traveling on Highway 29 between DC and at least Charlottesville, if not Lynchburg. The ice cream is locally made and seriously yummy! We always see people we know there, and I’ve seen customers stop on cold November days, so you know it’s gotta be good.

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It was a terrific Sunday.

5 thoughts on “DC Day

  1. What fun! And what tall kid!

    FWIW, I’ve been to the Native American museum several times (I work really nearby) and rarely find much to like. The top floor’s rotating exhibits have had some cool artworks at times, and my (little) kids like the kids section for its drums and teepee. But I’ve never been able to make much sense of the greater narrative, if there is one.

  2. Jefferson is my man too. That’s a great memorial and the walk around the tidal basin including FDR and MLK is always wonderful. I especially love the sunken seating area at the American Indian Smithsonian. Ah… I’m missing DC.

  3. What a fabulous day! We haven’t had a family trip to DC since the kids were small. They’ve all gone there on school trips, but you’ve made me realize it’s time for another family outing.

  4. We ate at the AI museum too. Very good, and you’re right $$. I wasn’t too impressed w/the displays, but I’ve been to AZ and NM, so I think I was spoiled there.

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