Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Smithsonians are awesome!!!

9-2-09 day 92
start: Steve's place in Washington D.C.
end: Steve's place in Washington D.C.
daily mileage: 0
total mileage: 1165.8

We woke up super late and played X-Box for a while before going out and exploring the city. Both Dan and Steve had placed to be during the day, so we went out all day to see the sights. Their appartment is easily within walking distance of the National Mall, so we walked down Independance and found the Capital.  We started by spending some time in the Library of Congress, the National Archives (where the Consitution, Declaration, and Bill of Rights all are... that was awesome!) and checking out the Supreme Court Building. We wanted to go to the new visitor's center underneath the Capital building, but were denied entrance because we'd stupidly forgotten to leave our pocket knives at Steve's. When you carry just one thing in your pocket all the time it's really hard to remember to put it down. Not wanting to walk all the way back to Steve's, we hid our knives in the bushes outside the American Indian Smithsonian (probably very susiciously) and continued on our way.

We spent a long time in my favorite three smithsonians, the Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Natural History, and the American History Museum. We probably spent the most time in Natural History, and I really enjoyed myself. I made a point of memorizing all of the geological eons, eras, periods, and epochs that I considered important and even found myself wanting to learn more about the different minerals, something I've never found particularly interesting before. Sea Monster probably enjoyed American History more than I did but we were both really excited to find a special little room in the corner dedicated entirely to the Appalachian Trail! That's right... the American History Museum has a whole exhibit on the A.T.! Awesome!

By now it was getting rather late, so we bought some Popeyes (really good fast food, by the way) and walked home. We had another late night hanging out with Steve and Dan in their appartment watching movies, playing video games, and generally revelling in the experience of civilization.

1 comment:

  1. I found a mnemonic once for all the geological epochs, and now I still remember it. It goes:

    Cows Often Sit Down Carefully. Perhaps Their Joints Creak? Persistent Early Oiling Might Prevent Painful Rheumatism.

    And it stands for:

    Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Palaeocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Recent (=Holocene).