It's time to board the train for our annual trip to DC. This year we got off in Alexandria and checked into the Spring Hill Suites just before noon. We went downtown and had a delightful lunch at the Brabo Tasting Room.
After lunch we took a walk down memory lane for Gary by touring the National Inventor's Hall of Fame which was relocated from Ohio where he worked to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office campus in Alexandria.
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking around of Old Town Alexandria, and visiting the Torpedo Factory art center before making our way to Ted's Montana Grill for happy hour and a great dinner!
Since Tom was ailing, the Morgan's enjoyed a restful morning at the hotel while the rest of crew went to Renwick Gallery (Emily was ailing last year and missed it.) and they found the tsunami exhibit was still there so she got to see it! Their next stop was the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument before we met mid afternoon at the National Gallery to see the East Building renovations.
One unique exhibit we saw was Lick and Lather, a set of 14 sculptures, seven make from chocolate and seven from soap. You could smell the chocolate!
We went back to Jaleo for dinner since it was near the venue we were going to see a show. The food was wonderful as usual and we even got the same table we had on a previous trip!
Next stop was the Capitol Steps, a laugh out loud satire stage show that slams all parts of the political spectrum. It's hard to believe that the cast is made up of folks who have worked on Capitol Hill! We all loved the show and would recommend it to anyone willing to laugh for a couple of hours!
Our first stop was the National Archives to see the exhibit Amending America, which chronicles successful and unsuccessful attempts to amend the Constitution. The rest of our time was spent in the National Museum of Natural History viewing several wonderful photography exhibits; Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards, 100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire and Primordial Landscapes: Iceland Revealed.
Alas, it was time to head back to Lynchburg after a great weekend. Many thanks to Gary, our annual tour guide and I hope the streak will end and next year we will all be healthy!
Note: The weather in DC this weekend was chilly with just a few snow flurries, but a southern storm has dumped 7 inches of snow on the cars waiting for us at the Lynchburg train station!