Natl Air & Space Museum – Wright Brothers’ 1903 flyer; Lindberg’s Spirit of St. Louis, Apollo 11 command module. The IMAX movie they were showing was one we’d already seen at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Ha! For a change we didn't miss something! The photos I’ve seen of early planes doesn’t really show how delicate they were. Wilbur & Orville were lucky theirs didn’t get very high before it hit the ground!
I saw a banner publicizing the Hope Diamond, so I talked George into going back in to see it. Even for those of us who aren’t big into jewelry, it’s a WOW! Temporarily the big blue diamond is in a contemporary setting called “Embracing Hope”. The historical setting is soooo old-fashioned!
Some place in there we headed to the east end of the Mall to take pictures of the Capitol Building. I asked George if he wanted to walk all the way around the reflecting pool and cross the street to the steps; he said “No” and I said “Good!”
(Could I be losing my sightseeing stamina?
Link to more pictures of Washington DC Day 2
EARTHQUAKE NOTES: 8/22/11 – at 1:51 pm there was a 5.9 earthquake in Virginia, about 80 miles south of us. Huge for this part of the country. I was outside reading. I heard it first, then felt the ground roll; the RV rattled about like it would going across I-10 in Texas. Didn't last very long. It wasn't as bad nor as long as the one we had in Seattle a few years ago. It didn't bother me, although I was just a tad annoyed that my husband, who was next door visiting with some other folks, didn't bother checking to make sure I was okay. Hmmmm....maybe I should have screamed and fallen on the ground? And wasn't it fortuitous that we'd stayed home that day to recuperate from all the touristing the two previous days?