Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Adventures in Washington D.C. Part II

On Saturday morning Curtis and I went to the National Mall at around 11:30 and met up with my good friend Samantha. We've been friends since we went through our church's confirmation program together in 1998 but we hadn't seen each other in about 5 years!
We met up at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and went in, mostly to see Stephen Colbert's portrait at the National Treasures Exhibit (which is currently taking the place of the Smithsonian American History Museum which is being redone). We actually had to wait in line but eventually we got in, and saw Kermit, Stephen Colbert, and the moved on to the planets exhibit, where we were sad to see Pluto's new designation.
As luck would have it, the sun came out and we had a beautiful afternoon in the National Mall. We sat under a tree and chatted, until it became time to head to a sports bar to watch the UCLA-Memphis game.

We met up with some of Sam's friends from school to watch the game at the Green Turtle, which was a really fun experience since we were next to the Verizon Center and the Washington Capitals (hockey) were playing that night, so the place was bombarded by those fans. No one there really cared about the UCLA-Memphis game, which was probably good since UCLA lost anyway.

After the game we tried to make it to the Tidal Basin to see the fireworks (for the Cherry Blossom Festival). We didn't make it but ended up hanging out in the Mall to get pretty glimpses of the Capital, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the White House.

Then we said goodbye to my old friend and our new DC friends, and made our way to the closest Metro Station (Federal Triangle) and headed back to the hotel. We watched UNC get beat by Kansas, and then passed out to we could get up early the next day. Part III should be out tonight or tomorrow, and will feature our trek which started at Arlington Cemetery and ended at the National Archives (all via walking, I might add)!

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