So many museums, so little time!

This is the first installment of our weekend trip to Washington D.C. It’s actually the first of three trips that I will make to D.C. this year. We went with our good friends Mat & Carol. Mat, who is an avid collector of almost averything (cat whiskers, crunched pennies, matchbox cars, old tools … you name it, he collects it), had never been to the Smithsonian museums before. Two years ago, we all decided to make the trip together, but it took that long for us to actually book the plane tickets and hotel. Believe it or not, we did it on about $300 a person, not including food. Here is Mat, in his triumphant glee at finally arriving at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It was actually kind of ironic, because we had really talked up two museums, the Museum of American History and the Arts & Industry Building of the Smithsonian Castle. Guess which two museums were closed? But, there’s no shortage of museums in D.C. and we managed to exhaust ourselves pretty good with the rest of them. Even though I had been to D.C. the most recently, I was surprised to find several exhibits had changed quite a bit. I hadn’t walked through the Dinosaurs/Hall of Paleobiology exhibit in quite a while, and it is quite good. In particular, I liked this guy… I...

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