Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aloha to Washington DC and USF Alumni

On Saturday, my family traveled by Metro to Washington, DC. We arrived at the Smithsonian "Castle" - the headquarters for all the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.

We were invited by the University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association to a "meet and greet" for incoming freshman.

Can you guess which one is mine?

After the picnic, we walked over to the National Archives to view the Declaration of Independence.  Does this fascade look familiar from National Treasure?

Thereafter, we hopped over to the Smithsonian's Natural History Musuem.  Crowds swelled around the Hope Diamond in the Gem Gallery ... so I took a picture of the next best thing - an oversized chuck of alabaster.

I viewed one more treasure at the American History Museum ... the Fort McHenry flag which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem.  We could not take pictures in the gallery with the flag ... so I offer a historic image from public domain (link).

Have you visited Washington DC?  One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, August 8, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, August 9.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Check out pictures from the USF campus at this link.


  1. I've only visited once and remember going to the National Air and Space Museum.

  2. No would live too

  3. Yes, I've been to DC several times.

  4. We're going on a bus trip to DC at the end of the month but that'll be my first time :)

  5. I have visited many times. So much to see and do.

  6. I haven't been into DC for many years - would love to spend some time there (in the spring or fall when the weather is mild).