Friday, January 11, 2019

Winter Holiday Adventure

With the recent lapse in appropriations for several government agencies, there have been closures of facilities in the Washington DC area. Darling Husband and I planned vacation time for the first week of January. We made that plan way back in November, when it seemed there would be many things to do in DC. Then there was a state funeral and a lapse in appropriations for several government agencies. What was open and what was closed was somewhat murky and more than I wanted to contemplate. Particularly knowing I might not get paid in January. A coworker recommended we check out the Newseum. We planned a day to head to DC and check it out. 
No trip to DC is complete without a bit of travel via DC Metro. We don't often take Metro, so every time we do go is an adventure. Metro isn't appropriate for our daily commutes but we use Metro and Light Rail when we do go into the nearest metropolitan areas. Besides, it's cheaper and easier than trying to park in DC.  
Sometimes, you have to tell people what they don't want to hear.
The Berlin Wall gallery includes a portion of the wall. 

 View of the Capitol from the Pennsylvania Ave terrace
Ruth Bader Ginsberg appeared in one of the galleries, too. This image is from her confirmation hearing in 1993.  
A hand-knit piece of history from the 2017 Women's March. In truth, if you go, set aside a day. We were there from about before 10 am and didn't leave until almost 3 pm. We could have spent more time there, but we wanted to beat the afternoon peak transit time to be home by dinner. 

Amendment I: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." 

I recommend it as a destination if you're traveling to Washington DC and plan on playing tourist. Heck, if you live near DC and want a day trip, it is worth your time and the price of admission. 

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