|Navigating the Metro...the more I ride, the more I think I need to live in a city that has a Metro system!|
|Waiting for the D.C. Metro at the Pentagon City station...|
|They actually found a couple of seats on the train...which wouldn't be the case later in the day|
when we were packed nuts-to-butts like sardines in a can!
|Bet all of the 'bookies' were pretty excited that the rain held off...grey skies and clouds all day, but the books stayed dry, woohoo (no wet, musty, old book smell)!|
|Outside the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. |
Aaron Vanjoske, this one's for you. To go along with Philly's "don't block the box" and Intercourse Brewing Co.
Yes, my idea...I made him pose for this one.
|I'm pretty sure Dad could have spent hours in here! |
I probably could have too, but I'll have to save it for another trip :)
If you're at all interested, there was a lot of significant thought, consulting, and unique consideration that went into the design and construction of the building and the grounds itself. Native-designed. Native-minded. Native-friendly. The NMAI website gives an overview of some of the unique features, pretty interesting to read.
|Little miss popular, posing with her cell phone ;)|
|The buildings here are massive...|
Of the little we saw, the museum has a really neat Contemporary Lives and Identities exhibit, detailing the ordinary and extraordinary everyday lives of modern, 21st century Native peoples. There was also an extensive collection of beadwork...nothing I'll ever be attempting, LOL!
|Some pretty powerful photos...|
|...and some pretty powerful words, highlighting and celebrating the differences|
of the people and the places that make this world more interesting.
|Whoever you are, celebrate who you are.|
|Unreal. This was actually in a backlit display and although you can't see the detail in the photo, this was beaded, |
the stars incorporate all of the states and within each one of the stripes, tone-on-tone, are the names of different tribal nations.
|I'm no professional photographer, so I found a better photo online that shows the flag with the lighting element preserved, so you can see just how cool this really was. |
More information on the piece from the NMAI Collection Search.
Still lots more to share, but I think it's time for a break...stay tuned! I'm pretty sure I had over 1200 photos taken that day. After deleting some of the really bad ones and weeding out the duplicates, we settled on somewhere between 800-900 that are now loaded onto my MacBook. I think I'm getting almost as tired writing about the day as I was from actually walking around the entire city (well, at least the part we tackled that day)!