Casey and I have been in DC for nearly a month now, and since we are unemployed [Editor’s Note: you’re not!], we’ve been able to spend some time with our nation’s treasures. Most of this is due to the Smithsonian Empire, which is all free (well, there’s a small toll charged to all of us on tax day). I thought it was time for a visual summary of our sightseeing.
A few days later we took in "Encompassing the Globe: Portugal and the World." People have been taking The Smithsonian to task lately, but I was encouraged by this small African subset of the show, which was mounted with care. The rest of the presentation was like a theme in search of artwork to back it up. I am holding our hope for this exhibit at the Hirshhorn.
We went to the National Zoo — one of my favorite things to do in DC — where we witnessed a family of free-ranging Golden Lion Tamarins. We also saw seals, apes, elephants, birds galore, fishing cats, mole rats and many other animals. The zoo has live cams for many animals, if you ever feel like sitting around for hours watching naked mole rats wander through plastic tubes.
Checked out Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. No one tried to sell us drugs or hats, but we did meet a friendly man named Leo in the bookstore who thought Casey was an Iraqi, and asked us for money. We saw this poisonous frog at the National Aquarium.
And these blue poisonous dart frogs.
And this talkative creature.
We visited the Great Falls, but Casey thought they were pathetic falls, so we didn’t take any pictures. Last weekend, we headed to Old Town, Alexandria to see the George Washington Masonic Memorial, but we got there right after it closed. Instead, we walked by the water and saw a fife player in costume and tried to figure out what his back story was.
It has been nice to live in a place where there is an abundance of things to do for free, but we’re still hoping to find jobs so that we don’t end up on permanent vacation. Maybe then we can pay the big bucks to see this exhibit.