What is the most obscure Presidential Memorial in DC?
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?
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.
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.
Sometimes I visit museums. Often I witness something cool.
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.
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.