In dealing with my liver issue, it’s been hard to keep busy and keep my mind off of it, which helped contribute to my lack of updates on here. So, our trip to Washington, D.C. two weekends ago was our first real outing in a long while. Speaking of D.C., is the title too punny? Yes? Probably? There’s a reason for it, I promise.
Erik’s best friend from college, Rhiannon, and her husband, Shaun, live in D.C. I had only ever met them once before a handful of summers ago. Both weekends resulted in super sticky, humid, too-hot ventures around the city and its suburbs. Therefore, for me, the hottest days of the summer season is D.C. season – or D.C.son, if you will. It’s fine, it’s a pun and it works. It works.
Our adventure started at the National Cathedral. There was an earthquake back in 2011 – one that we actually felt up here in New Jersey – that damaged the National Cathedral, which is directly across the street from Rhiannon and Shaun’s apartment. They’re still working on it today (see above photo), but during their repairs, they added a café on the Cathedral’s property which is really cool looking.
Rhiannon and Shaun are regulars at the café, which is really cool. Shaun doesn’t even need to order when he walks in. They know his order so they have it ready by the time he walks over to the cash register. I’ve always wanted to be a regular at a place like that. Maybe someday.
I was really drawn to all of the summer blooms on the trees around the city. They really popped against all the buildings.
Our next stop was at Som Records, a basement-level record store that is quite literally a hole in the wall (in the sidewalk, actually). I’d never know it was there if Shaun didn’t direct my attention to it!
I didn’t end up getting anything, but Erik got two Thievery Corporation test presses while Shaun and Rhiannon picked up a couple records themselves. Erik is really psyched on those Thievery Corporation tests – definitely a cool find.
Next we drove over to the National Building Museum to check out the Icebergs exhibit. Erik told me about this show before we left to drive down to D.C. for the weekend so I was really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint. The lighting and all of the geometric shapes of the ‘icebergs’ really came together to give it a unique and surreal experience.
Basically, the blue netting represents the ocean while the geometric sculptures obviously represent icebergs. We got to check out the icebergs from ‘under water,’ as well as from above sea level.
After spending a lot of time exploring below sea level, we entered one of the icebergs that had a staircase built inside of it so we could see the sculptures from above.
I really liked that they made this exhibit so interactive. We got to go down the slide and everything! On the far side of the ocean were bean bag chairs and a Japanese ice dessert called kakigori, which is ice cream, shaved ice, heavy cream, syrup, fruit, and red beans. We had to give that a try.
Afterwards we met back up with Rhiannon and Shaun to head to our next destination.
When we got back outside, we realized it had just rained and the humidity fogged up my camera lens. I got a cool effect on these photos because of it:
Our trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a garden! Our next stop was actually in Virginia at a spot called Meadowlark Botanical Gardens.
It was so, so, so hot outside by this part of the day. It seemed like it just kept getting hotter as the sun got lower in the sky. I love botanical gardens, but it was almost too hot to be walking around in there!
Meadowlark had so many cool areas to explore. I wish it was just a tad cooler so we could have covered more ground. After an hour or so of walking around we were all feeling the heat, so Rhiannon suggested we head back to the city for some ice cream (or in my case, sorbet).
We ended up at Thomas Sweet in Georgetown, D.C. That was such a cool area of the city. It definitely reminded me of Old City in Philadelphia.
Going through all of these images made me realize just how much we did in just one day. I felt it though. It took me a little while to bounce back after such an eventful day, but I did pretty well. Erik even commented on how well I was holding up at the botanical garden. Progress! I just hope I can keep improving and pushing myself more and challenge my Hashimoto’s every chance I get.
Thanks for reading,