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