DC Day One - Natural History Museum, Old Post Office, Air and Space Museum

Wait, Washington DC? Where did that come from?

When we last blogged about a location it was the Creation Museum in Kentucky, and our plan was to continue south from there making our way towards some expected farm stays in Texas.

Jello Plans

We always call our plans “cast in Jello” - and in this case the plan melted. We had been parked next to our traveling friends the Keiters who were planning DC as their next stop and invited us to caravan with them there.

MsBoyink and I went back and forth a number of times - we’ve said it before but when you can go just about anywhere choosing can be really tough.

Washington, DC was:

  • Expensive
  • A repeat as we’d been there before (in our pre-RVing days)
  • Way out of the way
  • Cold
  • A delay (we’d given a couple of farms a rough schedule about our arrival in Texas, etc)

It was literally the night before we were to part ways that we talked again, and decided that it had been far too long since we had felt adventurous.

Our stay in Michigan was anything but. We no longer knew what a whim was, much less made a decision based on one.

I have clients in the DC area so could find business deductions. We have the money.

We hadn’t really committed to a definite date in Texas, and that last trip to DC we had? There were some rough spots in it.  A chance to redeem our memories of the location might be nice.

Choosing Community

Most importantly, the chance to enjoy continued community with fellow travelers was hard to choose against.

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So we decided, last-minute, that no matter what other folks think it looks to us like DC is on the way from Michigan to Texas. The roads do connect the two.

We made the hop over from Indiana in two longer drive days with a boondocking night in the middle.  We booked a week at Cherry Hill RV Park - which is purportedly the closest place you can get full hookups in the DC area (with work and homeschooling needs we can’t do extended boondocking at the moment). The wifi is strong, the process of getting down to the museums and mall relatively easy, and at the moment our door is open to a sunny 60 degree day.

DC Day One

Our first day exploring DC included the Museum of Natural History, the Old Post Office, and the Air & Space Museum.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves as it’s already becoming a bit of a blur in my mind. I had to give up reading most of the exhibits and just take it all in visually - my brain can only handle so much. 

It was interesting visiting both the Creation Museum and the Museum of Natural History in the same week. I can only imagine getting the curators of those two places in the same room together.

Public transit is still a bit of a thrill for us.

Public transit is still a bit of a thrill for us.

Our crew walking the streets of DC

Our crew walking the streets of DC

The Old Post Office, due to be turned into a Trump Hotel

The Old Post Office, due to be turned into a Trump Hotel

Photographers at work

Photographers at work

View from the Post Office Belltower

View from the Post Office Belltower

Looking up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Belltower

Looking up Pennsylvania Avenue from the Belltower

A token shot from the Air and Space Museum

A token shot from the Air and Space Museum

Robotic Man

Robotic Man

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