Washington Weekend, 2011
In the fall of 2011, Ron and Carol took a long weekend in Washington DC mainly to visit the museums. They had not done this since the '70s.
Alexandria, VA - The Torpedo Factory Art Center. A WWII factory now open studios and galleries were one can observe artists working and buy their artwork.
Washington DC - Museum of American History. The John Bull Locomotive. Imported from England in 1831, it was one of America's earliest locomotives. It sits on a section of the first iron railroad bridge built in America, 1845.
Washington DC - Museum of American History. The actual chairs and table used by Grant and Lee at Appomattox.
Washington DC - Museum of American History. C-3PO checking out Carol.
National Harbor, MD. A huge complex of docks, hotels and shopping. Here children climb over a massive sculpture called "The Awakening." (A photo merge.)
National Harbor, MD. The Skipjack Minnie V. Ron and Carol took a two hour evening cruise on this 106 year old skipjack. (Skipjacks are Ron's favorite type of sail boat.)
National Harbor, MD. View from the Skipjack Minnie V. The cruise ended with fireworks over the water. Ron and Carol had the best seats available! (With about 20 others on the boat.)
Washington DC. Monuments. Ron had never been up close to the monuments of DC. They looked at the Jefferson Memorial from a distance, and were not able to get close to the Washington Monument due to damage from an earthquake.
Top: Jefferson Memorial, John Paul Jones, Japanese cherry trees and lantern, MLK Memorial; Bottom: Lincoln Memorial (X2), Vietnam War statue, Washington Monument.
Washington DC - National Gallery. The Capitoline Venus. Considered one of the best-preserved sculptures to survive from Roman antiquity. 1st c AD. (On loan.)
Washington DC - National Gallery. 'Portrait of a Young Woman' by Benvenuto (1508). Ron thought she looked like a young Carol.
Washington DC - National Gallery. 'Yawning Tiger' by Anna Hyatt Huntington (1917, length 28"). Anna has many associations with Newport News.
Ron and Carol only did about a third of the museum and must return.