Saturday, November 14, 2009

WRT on the Road; A Day at the Museum -- Battle of the Smithsonian

By Wild Road Tripper

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The weather we had so hoped to avoid caught up with us Thursday and Friday, as a downgraded Tropical Storm 'Ida' became a classic Nor'easter while we were in the Nation's Capital.

For the last two days, we have been getting pounded by rain every time we go outside. My poor wife, determined to see some of the monuments along the Mall, went out in this slop (against my better judgement), and now has a cold for her efforts.

We spent the better part of Thursday (and a small bit of Friday) at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History, where, among other artifacts in what has been described as 'The Nation's Attic', we saw the original Star-Spangled Banner, which flew over Fort McHenry in 1814; Judy Garland's ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz'; Archie Bunker's chair from 'All in the Family'; and, on our final departure, R2D2 from 'Star Wars'.

(Impressed, I know.)

Washington was once described as 'the walkable city'. In this soup, however, we described it as 'the cab-able city' as the constant rain just grinds on you. The sad part of it is that if the rain had quit, we would have walked a lot more than we did (which was do-able, but the rain put a damper on everything.)

And now, as we leave today for Raleigh, the forecast: Sunny, high in the 60's...


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