Deciphering DC: Presidential Memorials

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Jefferson Memorial (Most Photogenic)

What is the most obscure Presidential Memorial in DC?

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Deciphering DC: Lincoln Memorial Likes US States

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial at sunset

Have you ever peered at the imposing Lincoln Memorial and wondered why the names of certain states are carved along the outside facade? Or when you step back further and crane your neck, why there are even more states displayed along the very top section (the attic)? Or wondered if the number of columns actually had any significance?

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Deciphering DC: Moongate Garden @ Smithsonian Castle

Moongate Garden
One of two gates at the Moongate Garden

Within the Enid A. Haupt Garden (set between the Smithsonian’s Castle and the Freer|Sackler Gallery), rests the not quite secluded, but maybe you missed it, Moongate Garden. And it’s a fantastic little spot for a lunch or a sit.

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Deciphering DC: Inventing Utamaro @ Freer|Sackler

Inventing Utamaro
Sackler Gallery

Not that I try to be trendy (I still haven’t selfied myself in the Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn), but sometimes things I find interesting have a limited lifespan. Those are the breaks.

The exhibit ‘Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered’ has a limited run (until July 9th), so if you’re going to experience it, don’t delay too long.

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Deciphering DC: Cherry Trees @ The Tidal Basin

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Jefferson Memorial and Cherry trees in DC
Now that all the cherry blossoms in DC have come and gone, let’s reminisce.

I first discovered the brilliance of Spring cherry tree blossoms in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Quad, where 31 Yoshino cherry trees were re-planted in the 1960’s. I also witnessed cherry trees in Kyoto and Tokyo in 2008. The effect in all places was beautiful to be sure, but so far have paled in comparison to the volume of blooming cherry trees that we know so well from the Tidal Basin.

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Deciphering DC: Capitol Stones

Capitol Stones
Capitol Stones @ Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park is big enough where you can hike around it dozens of times and still find new spots and trails yet discovered by you.

One such spot is the resting place of the Capitol Stones, and it took me over 10 years living in DC before I heard about it.

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