Tuesday, September 12, 2017

National Museum of the American Indian

We went to the National Museum of the American Indian. I thought it would be about Native American history and culture in North America only, but there are exhibitions on the indigenous peoples in North, Central and South America. 

I couldn't take any good pictures of the exhibits, it was very dim lighting. This is the kid's hands-on area. 

They could try kayak balancing and building an igloo. 

building an igloo with pillow-blocks of ice

Our new place to live for 6 months

View of the backyard from upstairs.

Entryway (one of the cool archways)


This house was built in the early 1920s, and has a few renovated rooms. I love the old smell throughout the house, and the old light switches, the old windows and baseboards. There are a couple of rounded archways that you never see in houses anymore. 

Stairs into the basement

We use the dining room for our school room. Rock Creek park is a short walk down the street, and there's a fun playground close by. We are closer to downtown, so we'll go to the museums more often. It is a beautiful and peaceful neighborhood with nice neighbors. We are already enjoying living here. 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Historic Alexandria, VA Waterfront

We wanted to go for a walk this weekend, so we drove five miles to the Historic Alexandria Waterfront.  Generally, it was a beautiful and relaxing walk.  The restaurants and shops looked delicious and inviting.   While standing by the pier, we saw a group of about 20 huge catfish and several large carp all converge and start open their mouths of the water.  Each fish was about 2.5 to 3 feet long and they were all really, really fat.

This is a World War II submarine propeller.

If you look closely, you can see a lot of large catfish in the water.

We liked the name of this boat: 'Knight Passage'

This is a cobble stone road we drove on near the waterfront.

Unfortunately, there was a fair amount of trash floating on the water.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lexington, VA and Virginia Military Institute

On our way home, after the Natural Bridge, we stopped in Lexington for lunch. Keith wanted to see how close the Virginia Military Institute was, and it was just a few minutes away, so we drove over. Luckily, we had perfect timing, because we walked up right when the cadets were doing drills. They must be starting their school year already. You can see them in the distance. The whole school is built like a castle. Every person we saw had a certain uniform and a role to fill. 

Notice this hall has 'Stonewall Jackson' carved right over the doorway, and a statue nearby. 

I thought this was cool: the admissions building is an old house. 

Notice Carson's new t-shirt.

Very neat to see the cadets in action. 

Natural Bridge, VA

On our way home, we stopped at Natural Bridge. This is a little display right before we got on the trail down to the bridge. After the picture was taken, I heard a couple of girls laughing about 'blah blah slaveowners!' That's all it's about now, I guess. There's an Indian in the picture because the Monacan Indian Tribe used to live on this land and they thought the bridge was sacred. 

This is what you see when you get to the bottom of the stairs. 

This is me looking straight up, and Tucker is bending over. 

Poster in the visitor's center showing an old picture of the area, you can see the bridge on the left. 

A mockup of the Indian settlement. 

Savannah is unhappy that these animals had to die......