I arrived at Union Station around 9AM where I promptly called H, who had flown in from Hartford and was waiting for me. We found the Union Station Capital Bikeshare station and grabbed our first bikes of the trip and headed to our hotel to drop off our luggage.
The Capital Bikeshare program was identical to the one we experienced in Toronto. Basically, you swipe your card and you have the option to rent one or two bikes, which is great if you're traveling with someone. Then, you are asked to type in your phone number and billing address zip code, to confirm that your card isn't a stolen one, thank goodness for that. You have the option to pay $7 for a 24 hour pass or $15 for a 3 day pass. Once you've confirmed payment, you can either memorize the code to unlock your bike, or you can ask the machine to print you a ticket. Then, you just walk over to the bike, punch in the code (using the little numbers to the left of each bike nook), and tug the bike out of its nook once you're given the green light. It's so simple and incredibly convenient.
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
made obvious by the fact that I went during last year's trip too). I didn't want to overwhelm this post with photos so I'm just including a few of my favorites, including this disgusting looking malachite.
After almost blinding ourselves, went up to the second floor, which was full of projections and videos. There were several weird ones that I did not understand or like at all (including a naked artist, Sigalit Landau, floating with watermelons that were strung together like beads). However, we sat through the entire feed of Hans Op de Beeck's Staging Silence and loved it so much. Basically, he constructs miniature scenes and it's adorable.GOOD STUFF EATERY
THE WHITE HOUSE
On our way to dinner, we stopped by the Obama residence and waved hello. Huge barricades were set up, due to the impending Easter egg hunt festivities, so it was a more of a distant wave.
ALBERT EINSTEIN MEMORIAL
We also got some great views of the Washington Monument at night. There was a gorgeous full moon that night so we tried to get both the moon and the monument (which I started calling "moonument") together in one shot but it didn't work out.
We had hoped that by going to visit Lincoln at night (night meaning past 9PM), that we'd avoid the crowds. Unfortunately, hundreds of people had the same thought because it was rather crowded.
We had an incredibly fun and full day. Come back for Day 2 tomorrow!