NYC-DC Trip: Part 5

I’m home now, but it looks like I’m a couple days behind. Yesterday we spent most of our time at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and a couple hours at the Smithsonian American History Museum. The Air and Space museum was really cool. I felt like we rushed through it and didn’t have time to see everything, but we must have spent about five hours checking things out. I was less interested in the American History museum, but it was still very high quality and very interesting. If I go back to DC any time soon, I’ll definitely want to spend more time in the Smithsonian museums.

Oh, I almost forgot. The Solar Decathlon was going on in the mall area between the Smithsonian museums. We checked it out a little when we first arrived, but with the rain it was really unpleasant, so we didn’t spend as much time as I would have liked.

It was still raining today, so we didn’t really get to use our remaining half day to do anything interesting. We tried walking around to find a nice breakfast place, but had to settle for au bon pain. We did end up seeing some pretty nice looking residential areas — not fancy or anything, just comfortable and friendly looking.

Instead of just sitting around at the hotel doing nothing, we decided to head to the airport early. We road the Metro out to West Falls Church station, and then caught the Washington Flyer the rest of the way to Dulles. We really lucked out with our connections and didn’t have to spend much time waiting, but we still ended up getting soaked.

The flight back was nice. There was a bit of turbulence over Colorado, but nothing too bad. We’re just glad to be home (even though it smells a bit like ash from the fires).