Once finished, I hung out in Lafayette Park waiting for Laurita to arrive. While actually finding her was quite an adventure, we were soon united and set off immediately for the most important thing to do in D.C. -- eat.
Having heard that the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was "not far" from the gallery, we decided to check it out! However, after hours of outfit changes, popsicles, cabs refusing to be hailed, and even a short visit to the Red Cross (not to worry -- it was just to use their loo), we "settled" on the National Museum of American History as an air-conditioned haven perfect for unwinding. After more (you guessed it!) snacking, we finally began the last leg of our "pilgrimage" to the memorial. One delirious walk later, we had reached our destination.
|The memorial is powerful and calming, with fluid lines and the beauty of words as its central themes. Having "paid our respects," we sat at the edge of the tidal basin for a while and took in the tranquil scene.|
The drive home, although uncharacteristically long due to roadblocks caused by the recent rain, was made enjoyable by today's glorious weather and talks of gap year plans for us both.
Having bid Laura "adios" for today, we returned home to my precious Priya! A bit of volleyball practice and dinner completed a wondrous day.