Every single friggin' day we were in Washington DC it was rain, rain and more rain. Each morning we would wake at our lovely hotel, and eagerly part the curtains, smiling optimistically to the sky, thinking maybe today...but no. We were served up with a cold and steady downpour each day--except when it was blowing sideways into our faces and turning our umbrellas inside out (in which case I cussed under my breath at the weather gods--and even ended the trip by tossing the damn umbrella in the hotel's trash before hightailing it to the airport).
But we are Minneasotans afterall, so cold nail-gun-like driving rains really do not deter us too much--I mean, we live in bitchass freezing conditions 6 months of the year. So we put on our boots and slogged through the puddles en route to the King Street Metro station each morning, and boarded our subway car, and then rode the escalators up from the underground, triumphantly holding our cheap umbrellas high over our heads like battle swords as we emerged into downtown, determined to see some new piece of DC we had not yet seen. And as it turns out, Washington DC is perfect for the rain-weary, what with the gazillions of museums and galleries lining the mall, which make perfectly lovely storm shelters, opening their free arms to the weather embattled each day. God bless America, I tell you.
So, anyway, we managed to make it round to several museums where we spent long afternoons, and ate exhorbitantly expensive cafeteria lunches and took ridiculous amounts of photos of museum displays in lieu of taking photos of the monuments most people come to DC to see. See for yourself...
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History ...The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum...The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian The United States Botanic Garden and Conservatory (for when you are tired of dioramas and want something a little greener)And if you are not just being nice, and politely feigning interest in this blog post, but actually feel like you would like to see more...well, you can do that because I have uploaded our DC photos to my Flickr site and you can see those right here, you lucky reader, you.