It was a beautiful day in our Nation's Capital and I took it all in.
I had never been to the Smithsonian's American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery before so I decided to take that in. When I got there I realized that Georgetown was playing Seton Hall at the Verizon Center, but it was halftime already, so I passed.
But the museum was amazing and there was a lot of art. I especially liked the Katharine Hepburn's special collection and the portraits of the Presidents. This is quite a collection that they have there.
The folk art was kinda quirky and the hip-hop art collection coming soon looks like it will be interesting. Too bad I am going to miss it.
But the most interesting thing was the line to see Stephen Colbert's portrait. More on that in a later post, but most of the people interested in seeing that were a lot younger than me.
Following that, I headed down to the National Archives. I hadn't been there in a while and they had made some significant upgrades since I had last been in the late 1980's. While I like the new open records area, there is a lot of good information and have provided a lot of access to photos and videos that were previously inaccessible, the line to see the important documents was quite long and slow moving. I had seen these before so I just skipped them.
I then went for a casual stroll on the mall. It was a beautiful day and quite enjoyable. As you can see from the photo how nice it was. There was a lot of people out walking around, playing football and soccer, or out enjoying the afternoon on the National Mall like me.
It was a beautiful day and I am glad I got to spend it in our Nation's Capital.