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Washington DC 2012

We've really enjoyed our past visits to Washington DC so decided to return this year for the long Thanksgiving weekend. In the past we've stayed in DC proper, but decided to seek alternative lodging this year as paying $45 for overnight parking was hard to stomach. We ended up at the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn by the Key Bridge. Although the reasonable rates, free parking, and easy access to the Metro were very attractive, I wasn't sure what I'd think about the location compared to previous years. We ended up really liking the location and had no problems getting around to our destinations. Our final activity roster:

Thursday (Thanksgiving): Botanical Gardens, lunch at Mitsitam Cafe at the Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Natural History, dinner at Rasika
Friday: breakfast at the Silver Diner, National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, walk across they Key Bridge into Georgetown, dinner at Moby Dick's House of Kabob, cupcakes at Baked and Wired, Iwo Jima Memorial at night
Saturday: Port Discovery (children's museum) in Baltimore, lunch at Miss Shirley's, dinner at Super Pollo (Peruvian chicken joint)
Sunday: Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise, lunch with Graham and Lena in Olney, back home
Waiting for the Botanical Gardens to open
Waiting for the Botanical Gardens to open
Norah and the Capitol
Norah and the Capitol
Last flowers of the season
Last flowers of the season
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court
Peephole into a fairy house
Peephole into a fairy house
The train set up
The train set up
An enchanting castle
An enchanting castle
Purple fairy
Purple fairy
Purple fairy
Purple fairy
A humble fairy abode
A humble fairy abode
Red fairy
Red fairy
Mermaid at the falls
Mermaid at the falls
Christmas ornaments
Christmas ornaments
Miniature tree
Miniature tree
The Capitol
The Capitol
Norah with the Botanical Gardens model
Norah with the Botanical Gardens model
Norah and the Capitol, take 2
Norah and the Capitol, take 2
The Washington Monument
The Washington Monument
A cacao tree
A cacao tree
One of several plant animals
One of several plant animals
The Lincoln Memorial
The Lincoln Memorial
The White House
The White House
Ascocenda Jumbo Blue orchid
Ascocenda Jumbo Blue orchid
Brassolaeliocattleya Chunyeah
Brassolaeliocattleya Chunyeah
Little man
Little man
Cholla cactus
Cholla cactus
A fairy treehouse
A fairy treehouse
Fairy flowers
Fairy flowers
Some whimsical reindeer
Some whimsical reindeer
Hey there
Hey there
Tropical pink flowers
Tropical pink flowers
Tropical pink flowers
Tropical pink flowers
Sunlit flowers in the conservatory
Sunlit flowers in the conservatory
The yellow flying man
The yellow flying man
Spiky red and orange
Spiky red and orange
Ascocenda Jumbo Blue orchid
Ascocenda Jumbo Blue orchid
The gardens outside
The gardens outside
Heading to the Museum of the American Indian
Heading to the Museum of the American Indian
Interesting building
Interesting building
Thanksgiving lunch at the Mitsitam Cafe
Thanksgiving lunch at the Mitsitam Cafe
Giving the drums a go
Giving the drums a go
Outside the National Gallery of Art
Outside the National Gallery of Art
Sunburst!
Sunburst!
Aye, aye captain
Aye, aye captain
Family portrait
Family portrait
Norah with some interesting vines
Norah with some interesting vines
Qbert!
Qbert!
Watching the zamboni
Watching the zamboni
Museum of Natural History
Museum of Natural History
Ocean hall
Ocean hall
Dinner at Rasika
Dinner at Rasika
Waiting for the subway
Waiting for the subway
A loooong escalator
A loooong escalator
Breakfast at the Silver Diner
Breakfast at the Silver Diner
The control tower
The control tower
Off to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center
Off to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy center
Checking out the view from the control tower
Checking out the view from the control tower
Shadows
Shadows
Lopes Hope
Lopes Hope
Black and white
Black and white
SR-71A Blackbird
SR-71A Blackbird
Blackbird
Blackbird
Pilot Norah
Pilot Norah
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
James S. McDonnell Space Hangar
Discovery shuttle
Discovery shuttle
Impressive!
Impressive!
Discovery
Discovery
Space probes
Space probes
Space probe
Space probe
Astronaut floating away
Astronaut floating away
A look from above
A look from above
Pretty cool!
Pretty cool!
Enola Gay
Enola Gay
Enola Gay
Enola Gay
Enola Gay
Enola Gay
Night leaves
Night leaves
Norah likes the Georgetown lights
Norah likes the Georgetown lights
Ready for the holidays
Ready for the holidays
I knew she wouldn't be able to resist
I knew she wouldn't be able to resist
Run Norah run!
Run Norah run!
The Iwo Jima Memorial at night
The Iwo Jima Memorial at night
A moving monument
A moving monument
Black and white version
Black and white version
Port Discovery in Baltimore
Port Discovery in Baltimore
Three story Kidworks climbing fun
Three story Kidworks climbing fun
Norah gives the rock wall a go
Norah gives the rock wall a go
Steve and Norah exit on the rope bridge
Steve and Norah exit on the rope bridge
Static slide
Static slide
Norah visits the cleanroom
Norah visits the cleanroom
Training a new FA engineer
Training a new FA engineer
If only it was this easy!
If only it was this easy!
Cooking up something in Tiny's Diner
Cooking up something in Tiny's Diner
Filling our pie order
Filling our pie order
Tiny's Diner
Tiny's Diner
Juke box that played actual records
Juke box that played actual records
Checking out at the store
Checking out at the store
Restocking the shelves
Restocking the shelves
Fill 'er up!
Fill 'er up!
Are we there yet?
Are we there yet?
Yarn Dyeing
Yarn Dyeing
Revisiting the Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Revisiting the Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Beautiful morning
Beautiful morning
Honoring our Marines
Honoring our Marines
Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise
The Olney Lineup
The Olney Lineup
Lunch with friends!
Lunch with friends!