Last spring (2020) we cancelled a trip to Washington, DC, due to Covid. Our daughter has been working there for two years, and we hadn’t seen her since the 2019 winter holidays. Fully vaccinated, heeding all CDC precautions, and despite predicted high temperatures and a cicada invasion, we finally got to visit her!
May 20 – Flying, Georgetown
We were able to take the five hour nonstop flight from Portland, Oregon, to National Airport, where our daughter met us.
We stopped in Georgetown for al fresco tacos and a walk along the canal and waterfront.
Then we checked in to our AirB&B lodging in Logan Circle, near our daughter’s apartment.
May 21 – National Mall walk
It was ‘only’ supposed to be 80 degrees today. We went on an 8 mile walk, from Logan Circle, past the White House, the Washington Monument and the Tidal Basin, looking at the monuments along the way.
Next stop: the Washington Monument on the National Mall.
Our next stop was a series of exhibits documenting the legacy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Our next stop was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, new since my only other visit to the capitol in 2008.
By now we were feeling the heat, and I had seen most of the memorials in this area on my previous visit, so we continued toward the Lincoln Memorial, which I wanted to see again.
The Lincoln Memorial:
We still had a couple of miles to walk back to our lodging.
After resting from our long walk we enjoyed a takeout Ethiopian dinner.
May 22 – Great Falls National Park
A hot day – into the 90s! We drove about an hour to Great Falls National Park, VA, to see the falls. It was too hot for a serious hike, but we enjoyed the views and some wildlife.
We walked downstream to a few of the viewpoints:
We turned around after looking at Mather Gorge:
As we walked back, keeping to shady paths where possible, we spotted some wildlife:
I was very excited to see cardinals for the first time, bathing in the nearby creek while we were eating lunch in the shade. They are very hard to photograph!
Despite the heat, we enjoyed our visit to the natural world so near our nation’s capitol.
May 23 – Cicadas of Baltimore
We saw these everywhere, though they were not particularly dense in DC proper. On Sunday, we were invited to visit cousins who live in a green suburb on the northside of Baltimore. Just opening the car door upon arrival, we got the full impact of the sound of cicadas. This short video by my husband captures the sound.
I added in my few other cicada photos here.
May 24 – Smithsonian National History Museum
We were lucky to get reservations for this newly reopened museum. We looked at inspiring exhibits of American innovation and history for a couple of hours.
History of politics and everyday life:
I was surprised to find my own neighborhood depicted in the Transportation exhibit.
I am always on the lookout for interesting textiles, and I found many to admire throughout the exhibits:
First Lady dresses:
Some other old textiles,
and a couple of items that reminded me of my own youth:
We enjoyed our time in the museum, but after while I could not take in any more. I love knowing this representation of our material life is preserved, and I hope to visit again someday.
May 25 – National Arboretum, flying home
Our last day. We drove to the Union Market for lunch.
We then wandered around a bit at the National Arboretum.
The National herb garden had some pretty blooms:
It was too hot to go far, but we enjoyed our last day with our daughter.
Our flight home was mostly above clouds until we saw Mt Hood peeking through.
This was a wonderful trip, reuniting with our daughter and getting a flavor for her life in DC. And testing the waters for traveling again in the post-vaccination world. We are looking forward to more adventures as the world opens up, however slowly.