On Wednesday morning we were ready for exploring! We had a great anchorage roughly three blocks from the National Mall (monument central) and museum district. Now all we had to do was find a way to access shore via a marina dock through locked gates. We decided to utilize the Capital Yacht Club; we were closest to it and all our friends were doing it so it must be good! For $16/day we were able to dock our dinghy safely and utilize all of the yacht club facilities. After checking in we received a key for the dock and club, wifi password, and took a tour of the facilities: bathrooms/showers, laundry room (add'l cost $1.50/wash and $1.50/dry), kitchen, ice ($2/10lb bag), and bar/lounge area. Fabulously convenient!
Knowing our dinghy was safely docked behind the Capital Yacht Club gates, we took to the streets. First stop, recommended by Mark S., was the Hirshorn Museum of Modern Art. The museum building is circular. On the exterior perimeter as well as across the street there are sculpture gardens. On the interior there are galleries on the outer edge of the circle and sculptures on the inner edge of the circle. There were four floors to explore. Brian and I were at times baffled by this so called art. We had a grand time creating our own interpretations for the pieces that were displayed.
Squirrels come flocking to this magnolia tree, one nut will feed 50 squirrels for the entire winter. Most magnolia tress don't even produce nuts!
Chinese Zodiac. Brian is the year of the dog. I am the year of the boar.
Sculpture Gardens across the street.
Interesting sculpture...leaves much for creativity. It could be a gear, a planet, etc.
Our favorite, the Needle Tower! It goes up and up and up and up.
Modern art at its finest, an overexposed roll of film perhaps?
That creepy character from The Village.
Very good advice from someone with a very bad hairdo.
A tip for our cycling friends of what to do with all of their old bikes.
These houses are made from compressed tea. The yard is made from scattered tea.
Neat boxes with holes. I see the moon when I look through. What do you see?
Condensation Cube. So what this tells me is all that dripping condensation on the v-berth walls is really Rode Trip artfully expressing herself. Hmmm...
After our inspiring trip through the world of modern art, we headed to the Native American Museum. This museum was recommended by Mark G. and it was fantastic! It held our attention for four hours as we weaved through displays about beliefs, history, art, and modern day Native American life from tribes around the globe North, South, East, and West.
To give our brains some fresh air, we took a stroll through the Botanical Gardens. We had about 1/2 hour to see what we could of the gardens before closing time.
This is the First Ladies' Fountain
Hooray! We had survived our first day in the big city! Hold on, Washington DC, we aren't finished with you yet!
Back at Rode Trip we were anxious to spend some time with Serendipity. Matt & Jess joined us after dinner to play our re-acquired game Settlers of Catan. Yes, I'm actually going to say that I had fun playing this game. It's not a favorite and I tend to avoid it! But with laughs and drinks all around it was hard to not have a good time! We played and chatted into the wee hours of the morning. We were all shocked to learn that it was 2:00am when Matt & Jess headed back to Serendipity.