It was a very interesting morning for us. As we were packing up everything in the campground, a deer with four fawns walked through the back of the brush in our direction. The strangeness of this situation was twofold. Kristie thought it was odd that this deer would have four fawns to take care of. I thought it was strange because the deer had a collar around its neck with a box with antennae attached to it. Because I watch too many movies, there were only two logical explanations for such a collar. One, the deer was in a Battle Royale situation against other deer and must stay out of the “Forbidden Zones” lest their collars explode. Two, the deer was wearing a Congo-style device that allows the deer to communicate with humans and ask for treats. More likely than not, it was neither of those and was probably just used by the rangers to keep track of the wildlife. Kristie and I sat in the car as these creatures walked around our campsite. They were not shy in the least and one of the fawns walked right up next to my car door to eat grass. It hit the point where they were not leaving, but we had to get on the road to make it to Washington D.C., so I turned the car on and they scattered.
With our arrival into D.C., we were met with something we rarely experienced on our trip: traffic. We arrived around lunch time and planned on eating at a food truck that we scoped out. After get turned away by one parking garage, we eventually found parking about twenty minutes away from where we were hoping to be. The one thing about D.C. that was pretty cool though, was that there were food trucks everywhere. I ended up eating at a ramen noodle truck and a few blocks over, Kristie ordered from an Ethiopian food truck. This was my first time in D.C. so I wanted to see all the sites. We walked around the White House to get the full 360 degree view. It was smaller in person than I expected. On the way to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, we got a good view of the Washington Monument in one direction and the Capitol Building in the other. The Capitol building was currently under renovation so it’s seen better days.
One of the reasons we wanted to go to the Smithsonian was due a show we watched in a hotel during the trip. The show was about items in random museums and they would talk about the history of them. The items showcased on the show from the Smithsonian were the binoculars used by Thaddeus Lowe during the Civil War. It’s not that this item was particularly interesting, but we thought it might be a fun scavenger hunt trying to find it within the museum. It took a long time, but we eventually found them while exploring the museum. Mission accomplished. On our way back to our car, we figured we’d attempt to take a shortcut through the National Gallery and avoid the heat. It was a pleasant little unexpected detour as we spent maybe half an hour looking at paintings. I recognized a Napoleon painting so I was pretty pumped about that. There was a lot more to see and we probably would have spent more time exploring but we had to get back to the car since the meter was about to expire.
The last thing I wanted to do in D.C. was stop at the Lincoln Memorial. We circled by it on our way out but it was packed and we couldn’t find parking so we drove to the Jefferson Memorial instead, where there was no shortage of parking. This actually made me smile because it was reminiscent of an old Simpsons’ joke where Lisa Simpson goes to the Jefferson Memorial for inspiration explaining she has a problem. The Jefferson statue then replies sarcastically saying “I know your problem: the Lincoln Memorial was too crowded.” It’s the little things that amuse me. Having our fill of D.C., we got back to our car and drove to Ocean City, Maryland for the night. We ended up having a delicious dinner at the Shark on the Harbor restaurant and stayed at the Comfort Suites for the night.