Some of the greatest attractions of Washington, DC are the museums, most of them free and open year-round. At the Renwick Gallery on Pennsylvania Avenue we explored a fantastic exhibit called Wonder. Each room of the gallery features the work of a single artist who created large-scale installations from unexpected materials like Index cards, marbles, insects and strips of wood to produce awe-inspiring results.
When you enter the free exhibit, a sign encourages visitors to take photos. This is what we found.
John Grade selected a hemlock tree in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle that is approximately 150 years old. His team created a full plaster cast of the tree (without harming it), then used the cast as a mold to build a new tree out of a half-million segments of reclaimed cedar. After the exhibition closes, Middle Fork (Cascades) will be carried back to the hemlock’s location and left on the forest floor,
We left the rig in the Hudson Valley and came to the nation’s capital for most of April where Mark could work in his office for a change. We rented an apartment in Adams Morgan from an old friend and roamed the city as it burst with all the beauty of spring.
At the White House we checked out the protestors who bring their grievances to the President’s front door.
In Lafayette Square, across from the White House, a statue of General Lafayette, including these two officers, honors the French contribution to the American Revolution.
We spent a week with Margo and John who joined us from Minneapolis and we explored many corners of the city, including a Nationals baseball game and a film night in the offices of the Washington Post.
Caricatures of Lincoln and Obama at Off the Record, a cozy snug tucked in the basement of the Hay Adams Hotel and across the street from the White House (of course). (Don't miss our tour of the Wonder Exhibit at the Renwick Gallery just down the street.)
At Georgetown University we found these students celebrating the Hindu Festival of Colors.
Everywhere we went, we found the colors of spring.
We pulled out of Death Valley on March 19, headed east where we planned to spend the spring before driving to Alaska.
Our first stop was Kanab, Utah, a town made famous by the hundreds of Western movies shot in the shadow of its red stone mountains.
Farther east, we hit the BLM land near Pariah Canyon, an area of amazing land formations that stretches north to the Escalante National Monument and south to Antelope Canyon over the border in Arizona.
We made plans to come back to explore the area next winter and continued driving to Taos, New Mexico, home of the Earthships and the most delicious New Mexican food.
On dirt back roads we headed south til we hit the now faded Route 66.
On I-40 now, we headed to Amarillo, where this Cadillac sculpture caught our eye, along with the Second Amendment Cowboy standing proud in West Texas.
Hitting the Texas panhandle, we bounded down two-lane highways and Interstates, into Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and Virginia. Luck stayed with us as we drove, missing fires, hail and brimstone of the borderline South til we arrived in Washington, DC, our way heralded by blossoming fruit trees.
We finally arrived in the Hudson Valley to be greeted by a spring snow.
Listen as Johnny Cash & Lynn Anderson tear it up.
Where we are today.