ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion
aroraborealis

DC

First off, a big sorry to DC folks that I totally failed to even try to schedule a get-together with you all! I realized that no scheduling would be simple, and my main point in being there was to see my mom and her friend, so I'll just have to come visit you all another time :)

It was a very nice visit, but I'm sorry it was so brief. I really enjoyed the train ride, especially on the way down, when it was kinda like watching spring unfurl as I travelled south. We stayed in a big house on the water in Annapolis - very posh - and I got to try French food for the first time! Very tasty.

Thursday, we went to the Natural History Museum, which is my favorite, because I like the gem and mineral exhibit. I'm somewhat baffled by the entrancement people show toward the Hope Diamond and all the other fancy cut and set jewels, when some of the less expensive stuff is, to my mind, more interesting, and those displays were a lot less crowded! Well, I guess I'm just as glad that no one was crowding me out of the way to check out the variegated tourmalines :) We also visited the Hirshorn Art Museum, which had some good and some bad and some baffling art. Also, a small sculpture park that has nothing on the DeCordova.

And then Friday, it was back on the train to head north, back into pre-spring. Overall, it was a good trip, if a bit full of talk of caring for elderly parents, which is a little weird to talk about with one's own not-yet-elderly parent. It's always fun to stay in big expensive houses and pretend that you live there, too.
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