With spirits high from nearly a week solid of soft beds we were feeling pretty good, we soaked in a few more days with with Stef and her little guy and then it was time to hit the road again. It was northwardto the nation’s capital. I had stayed a month in DC last year when I was nannying but to be honest I hadn’t seen much (life is tricky when you’re getting paid a lot of money to look after a scary little kid). We continue to get more and more casual with Milton and where we park him. We pulled into a Planet Fitness parking lot near a train station and just parked up there for the duration. No one minded (until the 4th day when we were getting ready to leave and there was a lovely little note asking us to move, fair enough).
The weather left a little to be desired, alternating between extreme heat and downpours but we trudged on through. There’s a lot to see in DC, more than we could probably get around to in a few days, and honestly more than we could be bothered to see. But we managed to see a few museums and walk the mall as well as take in some documentaries from the AMA doc festival. The most unexpected success from DC was the NEWSeum, yes my friend a museum dedicated to the news, it was fabulous. We stopped by Wednesday and were delighted to find our tickets were good for two days so we came back Thursday for a few more hours. No one can say America doesn’t do museums, historical locations, random “interesting spots” well, we really do. This museum was top notch and organized perfectly. My favourite was the Pulitzer exhibition, they had every photo had had ever won the Pulitzer Prize, a lot of the them were hung and all of the were searchable with touchscreens including the stories behind them from the people who took them. They also had an extensive exhibit about how the Vietnam War changed news forever, it was all very very good.
After leaving DC we were heading towards Philadelphia to see some family and run the Rocky steps, but on the way we stopped at yet another Atlas Obscura location, Wharton Esherick’s House/Museum. A beautiful and interesting museum dedicated to his work, it gave Jonathan the desire to cut up more wood of course, so I told Jonathan he could buy something if he could find it, but on further inspection a stool along costs $6,500 so I rescinded the offer.
We’re finishing up our 5th full month on the road and that means Jonathan’s visa is nearly up so we’re winding down and figuring out what’s next, more to come.