Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capitals

Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #82: Capitals


I have visited Washington DC, the capital of the United States, many times.

My first trip to DC was with my Cadette Girl Scout troop when I was 13. A very long time ago…but I do remember a few highlights of that long weekend: staying in an old brick hotel, getting in trouble for using the room phone to call boys across the alley at a different hotel and visiting a science museum where an “elephantiasis leg” was on display in a tall glass case. Yup, some poor departed soul’s diseased leg floating in murky fluid proved both fascinating and mesmerizing to my young scientist mind. I have no photos of that trip. Which is probably just as well.

However, as luck would have it, my adult children now live in DC. As well as my grandson. Excellent reasons to visit!

In 2012, we made the rounds of a few tourist destinations.

The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pond.

DC reflecting pond
September 2012

A visit to the National Portrait Gallery.

The year before – in June, 2011 – we spent Father’s Day weekend with our son – including taking in a baseball game at Washington Nationals Park.


Imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered this between innings. A Gluten Free food booth!

GF food
And last – but not least – we returned to further explore the Smithsonian National Museum of American History…which always includes a pilgrimage to the display case featuring Elizabeth Cotten’s Guitar.

My guitar player husband insists on it and a respectful moment of silence ensues.

Cotten guitar


19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capitals

  1. Washington … a lot is going on there those days. I was on my way to visit a couple of years ago but went to Boston instead. Your visit wasn’t all about monuments … and history. The National Portrait Gallery is down my alley. Thanks for bringing me there.

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  2. LOL for the respectful moment of silence and of course for the murky jar of leg OY Loved your girl scout memory – I think we went to DC for our class trip in grade school – YIKES that was a long time ago. I too have been many times sense but always find something new to see. Isn’t it funny the things we remember? I recall sneaking into my parents’ bedroom with my grade school girlfriends to use their phone to make crank calls. Oh the shame of it LOLOL.

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    1. Thanks Tina! Those long time ago antics can sure spark some fun memories. LOL – crank calls!! That’s what I was doing that time in DC. Such excitement! It is funny the things we remember. (there could be a whole blog challenge on the subject LOL).
      I still enjoy DC now, but for different reasons 🙂

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