Now, on to the much talked about trip to Washington, D.C., from week before last. On the Saturday following our visit to the State Fair, hubby and I hit the road. First to Greensboro so that I could hang out with my fellow Sampler Guild members, then on to D.C. We took 29 north through Danville. Much of the drive was through beautiful countryside. The skies were blue, the leaves were barely beginning to turn, and the traffic was light. It was really a very pleasant, relaxing drive. At least until we hit the city traffic. : )
Saturday night, we stayed at the historic Willard Hotel in the downtown area. What a beautiful hotel! It is on the national register of historic hotels, and really, it has seen a great deal of history. Martin Luther King, Jr. finished his 'I have a dream' speech at the hotel, and it is believed that the term 'lobbyist' was coined in reference to persons lurking in the Willard's lobby in an attempt to connect with the rich and powerful who were staying at the hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
Exterior of the hotel:
Here's a view looking into that famous lobby. The ceiling is decorated with the State Seals of 48 states. The last two, Alaska and Hawaii, are the two round images you can see just above the archway in this photo.
Sunday turned out to be an absolutely gorgeous day. We walked to the National Building Museum and toured it (no photos, sorry). After checking out of our hotel, we wandered around Capital Hill and the National Mall for several hours. Really, the weather was so beautiful. We'd stroll a bit, then sit on a bench and watch the world go by.
I think this patrol vehicle defeats the concept of 'secret':
For some reason, I was fascinated by the diving ducks and their little duck butts. I love the curly little feather sticking up from this guy's rear.
This was just wrong. In so many ways. (note the vanity tag. Also wrong).
Later in the evening, we traded our swanky downtown digs for the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn, which was near the convention Alton was attending for the first half of the week. The view wasn't too bad:
On Monday, while Alton was working, I headed back into the city on the Metro. I toured the Supreme Court, took a quick peek into the Library of Congress, and toured the National Postal Museum before making my way back to Rosslyn via Union Station. The weather wasn't so nice that day... grey and slightly rainy. And for some reason I didn't take any photos!
When Alton had finished work for the day, we walked from our hotel across the Key bridge into Georgetown. Dinner was some delicious pizza. Afterwards, I insisted that we get cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes. The shop and its owners are the stars of the TLC show "DC Cupcakes." I don't know if it was the weather or the fact that it was a Monday, but there was no line. Seriously. There was one person in front of us. I barely even had time to admire this blingtastic mixer:
I soooo want one of those!!! The cupcakes were delicious. I ordered two (one for the next day), and Alton picked one out for himself. My favorite by far was the cinnamon cupcake (the one with the little heart on top).
There was a nice view of the Jefferson Memorial from the edges of the MLK Memorial. I know my photo is slightly craptastic, but you get the idea:
On Wednesday, it was time to head home. But not without a quick side stop at In Stitches needlework shop in Alexandria.
Well, that's all for today. I'm keeping an eye on this monster storm brewing out in the Atlantic. Are you? It makes me a little nervous. I'm definitely hoping that the weather casters are being overly dramatic about this one. Meanwhile, I think I'll stock up on lots of stitching and scrapbooking supplies. Wouldn't want to be caught without enough fabric and thread, right? ; ) I hope everyone stays safe, dry, and has lots of crafty time over the weekend!