Getting around today was much easier than yesterday, with one minor exception late this afternoon (yesterday was something of a fiasco directions-wise, but at least now I know where I’m going). We got up and onto the Metro, and took it down to L’Enfant Plaza, where we caught the circulator bus. The circulator bus goes around and around the National Mall and the Tidal Basin and up to Union Station. Unlimited rides are included in our seven-day Metro passes, which I’m really glad we bought yesterday.
We rode the bus around by Union Station and on to the National Museum of Natural History.
I’d been there before once, briefly, on my first Long Trip, but basically just to poke my head in to see the Hope Diamond late one afternoon. This time we spent the whole day there. Gemstones were just the beginning. We also saw dinosaurs, and animal skeletons (which were much more interesting than you’d think – the birds in particular just fascinated me), and the kinds of displays they called the Dead Zoo in Dublin when I was there in 1998 [g]. Lots and lots of really well constructed taxidermy, in other words.
After we exhausted ourselves (it’s amazing how much walking through a museum – especially a huge crowded one – can tire you out), we got back on the bus, which this time took us around by the Tidal Basin on our way back to the Metro station.
Then the Metro to our station, and back to the motel.
All in all, a really good day. Tomorrow morning we have tickets to an exhibit about the ancient Greeks at the National Geographic Museum, then we’ll probably spend the rest of the day at the American History Museum.
I could literally spend months here and not get bored. But I’d have to do something better about where to sleep.