We've made up our minds to leave the DC area...and we mean it this time. After a few years of talking about it, we've decided that now is really the time to get back to California. We always knew this move was temporary for us, figuring that we'd stay only four years--two for me to go to graduate school, and two for me to work in my field in Washington. Now it's been five, and it's time to go. We're eager to get back to the West Coast, but there are certain things I'll certainly miss.
Even though it was supposed to rain yesterday, I desperately wanted to get out of the house. I wasn't sure about going down to Tidal Basin to see the cherry blossoms, as that would be a bit of a walk from the Metro and I didn't want to get caught in the rain with the baby for too long. We decided that we'd head down to the Mall anyhow, and check out Natural History or Air & Space. On our way toward Natural History from L'Enfant Plaza via the Sculpture Garden, though, a poster outside the Hirshhorn Gallery caught my eye. An exhibit in which light is the main feature in all the works appealed to me, so we headed inside.
The exhibit was fun--definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood, and maybe even worth a trip down to the Hirshhorn, especially if you've never been before (I hadn't)--and afterward we checked out some of the sculpture on the same floor. Two pieces by German sculptor Ernst Barlach were my favorites:
I love that we can wander into a museum to see a single exhibit without worrying that we should spend a whole day in order to get our money's worth; it's hard to feel cheated out of your money when you haven't spent any. And I'll miss having so many free museums so nearby to choose from.
I think proximity to family and the beach will make up for that, though.