Smithsonian - Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian was definitely on our wish list while we were in DC, but since we only had time for one of the museums we elected to do the natural history museum.  I voted for it simply because I wanted to see the magic in Brent's eyes when he saw the dinosaur fossils assembled in their massive glory.

I loved photographing the dinosaurs because their menacing positions made them seem almost alive with movement.

There is plenty to see in the Smithsonian, but I have to admit that I was pretty underwhelmed by the Hope Diamond.  I actually thought it was incredibly tacky.  Does that make me less of a woman?

I was, however, very impressed with the fact that I saw a freaking mummy.  Like, a real one.  In real life.  Still getting over that one.

I was also amazed by the best insect camouflage I've ever seen... and also the fact that the insect exhibit was sponsored by Orkin.  Chest bump for irony!

We discovered a little cafe spot in the museum to stop for lunch and a cold one {best moment of the day}, so afterward we were a little buzzy wandering around the museum.

Sea creatures were not amused.

This place was huge, and I don't think we even scratched the surface exploring the wealth of information it has to offer, so I'd love to go back and spend the entire day there.  Highly recommend!

Washington, DC - Part 3: Korean War Memorial

On our walk back to the hotel, Brent and I found the Korean War Memorial in the National Mall.  As we walked through it, the sun was beginning to set and the golden light of dusk gave the memorial a poignant glow.

The long wall running alongside has the faces of soldiers etched into the granite... it was so beautiful!

I thought this was really beautifully done, and its powerful impact has lingered with me since.

 

Washington, DC - Part 2: Lincoln Memorial

This was my 2nd favorite spot in DC.  It felt surreal to be at the Lincoln Memorial since I have seen so many pictures of it, and never expected to see it in person.  The architecture was absolutely gorgeous.

His view definitely doesn't suck... I'd stare at it forever, too.

The best part?  There was a little bookshop!  Brent discovered it first and said, "You didn't miss anything. It was just a bunch of cheesy souvenirs and coloring books."  Um hi, have we really been together for 6 years?  I made a beeline for it. I ended up with a stack of postcards and a little book of poems written by Lincoln.  I thought this part of one of the poems from the book was very fitting and a bit haunting...

 

Washington, DC - Part 1

I've gone through most of the photos from our trip, so I'll be posting a little bit as a time instead of overwhelming one post with a ton of pictures.  The first leg of our trip was spent in Washington, DC - neither Brent nor I had ever been so I was very happy to experience it for the first time together!

We stayed with one of Brent's friends on our first night there, so I got to explore a residential area of DC while Brent was sleeping the next morning.  I loved all of the old houses and enjoyed the patriotism that was ever-present throughout the neighborhood.

I stumbled upon my first memorial while wandering around the neighborhood -  the African American Civil War Memorial.
After Brent woke up we took our first subway ride (ever!) together to our hotel.  We stayed at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, which is within walking distance of the National Mall... we wasted no time and walked right down to explore.
What a sellout... ;)
We stopped for a little people watching and post card writing.
What a perfect day it was... not too warm, not too cold, and not a cloud in the sky.  In the next few days I'll post more photos of each memorial!