My first stop in VA/MD/DC or wherever the hell I was, was the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
The front entrance to the museum
It's nicely located along the National Mall. That's the Capitol Building back there if you squint
There, a better view of the Capitol Building. Note, I did not go to look inside to see the Apothosis of Washington.
Waterfalls and water surround the back side of the museum
The museum was hosting a “Skateboard Culture in Native America” exhibit inside too which I found interesting for sure
In the museum I headed straight for the fourth floor where the goods are
The view looking down in the lobby of the museum. I did not expect the museum to be this huge. It was impressive and very detailed.
That's a skater in a skatepark in Albuquerque
I had an ulterior motive for going to the museum. A little over two years ago I was contacted by a member of the staff at the Smithsonian NMAI requesting usage of a photo I shot of the Sheepshead formation at Cochise Stronghold. They wanted to use the photo as the backdrop to their exhibit on the Chiricahua Apache indians of southern AZ and NM.
So here it is. The backdrop photo for the exhibit is mine. If you look closely you can make out the entire climbing route of “Peacemaker, 5.10a”, just left of the red plaques. :-) (I took this photo with a self-timer and it took forever to catch a moment when no one else was around!)
Another view of the exhibit
They asked my terms and I was flattered enough I just wanted photo credit...
When I first saw this on the drive to my hotel I thought it was a cabbie with a sense of humor (something regarding an assassin) but later saw numerous taxis with a similar logo and realized it was an abbreviation for “association”
I thought these guys were much further west?
Serious electronic-assisted navigation in rush hour traffic in th D.C. area. These GPSes really saved the day.
I stayed at the Legacy Hotel in Rockville.
The lodging choice was made because the Learning Tree training facility I'm going to is literally right next door (lower left of photo.)
The rooms are too fancy for my tastes. Feels kinda lame to be spending this money on a room like this when I'd be just as happy in a Motel 6.
Parking for the hotel is on the sixth floor of a parking garage nearby. Yes, that's an REI right next door too. Nice.
For a moment I thought someone stole and re-painted my C-RV