Day 2: Hi Ho! Kermit the Frog here...
26.04.2013 - 26.04.2013 68 °F
Woke up to a gorgeous day in DC. Started off heading over to Dupont Circle, and grabbed a coffee at Filter. Their French pressed "morning brew" was a nice way to start the day. The streets of DC were filled with every urban cliché you could think of: the guy in a suit riding a Razor scooter to work, the construction workers cat calling as women walked by, and even the well dressed panhandler begging with his empty Starbucks cup. Yep, I actually kind of miss being near the city.
I then started my trek through the National Mall towards the museums. I must admit it is almost surreal to see all of these buildings and monuments that I'm so familiar with but have never seen in person until now. My first stop was the Holocaust Museum. Though everything in DC is free, this museum requires a ticket so they can control the size of the crowds going through at a time. The ticket I received was good in an hour, so I looked around the other temporary exhibits in the museum while I waited. Once inside the permanent exhibit, it immediately became very humbling. The way the museum is designed and the path/timeline it creates is both brilliant and beautiful, amidst the subject matter of absolute horror and sadness. It took me almost 2 hours to view the permanent exhibit, but there is enough content here to easily have spent double that amount of time.
It was already well into the afternoon at that point, so I decided to hike it up to Capitol Hill for lunch. I grabbed a few slices at We, The Pizza. This place is also owned by chef Spike, though I thought the food at Good Stuff was much more enjoyable. While eating outside, I got to see Spike's dad running the show for a bit. Then I grabbed another Good Stuff milkshake for the road, and walked around the Capitol Building for a while.
Next up, it was time to hit up some of the Smithsonian museums. I started with the Air & Space Museum. It was SUPER crowded here, so I didn't spend a ton of time. Really cool to see remnants from the Apollo missions though, as well as an original glider plane from the Wright Brothers. After that, I strolled through one of the art gardens and then hit the American History Museum. This place had everything from the Star Spangled Banner to Julia Child's kitchen. However the highlight for me was seeing an original Kermit the Frog puppet that was donated by Jim Henson (I obviously have simple needs).
After 8 hours straight of trekking, I headed back to the apartment and met up with Julie and Shannon. After a little r & r, we hit up the ChurchKey bar for some drinks. The place was cool, and had an amazing beer selection. Then it was time to call it a night since Julie had one more day or work ahead of her. The weather for day 3 is shaping up to be even better than today, perfect to see all the monuments and memorials left on my list.