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In October Andy and I took on a challenge: spend three days in Washington D.C., round trip from North Conway, NH, for under $1000.  It was a success, thanks largely to the free Smithsonian and his tiny appetite.  It was a wonderful experience.  He saw the nation's most important exhibits, documents and even witnessed the presidential motorcade dash out of the White House gates just in front of us.  I grew up in the shadow of D.C. and it was idyllic to share the wonder of D.C. with my eldest son.

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial


Spying the Washington Monument in the rain

Spying the Washington Monument in the rain

1600 PA Ave.
1600 PA Ave.


Hirshhorn fountain

Hirshhorn fountain


The seal exhibit at the National Zoo

The seal exhibit at the National Zoo


Turtle exhibit at the zoo

Turtle exhibit at the zoo


The Giant Panda

The Giant Panda


the great hall of Air and Space

the great hall of Air and Space


prehistoric jaws of the Giant Great White

prehistoric jaws of the Giant Great White


Hall of Gems, Museum of Natural History

Hall of Gems, Museum of Natural History