Left: National Museum of the American Indian
(Washington, DC) Everything that you ever heard about DC being a unbearable swamp in summer is true. After taking care of some business, I decided to hit a few tourist sites in the 94-degree, 106-heat index city.
My first stop was the Museum of the American Indian, located on the Mall. The facility, which opened in 2004, features a wide variety of exhibits and performances on indigenous peoples in the Americas, although it is heavily skewed toward those in the territories of the United States.
Left: US Capitol building
I also joined the herded masses in a short tour of the Capitol building. The earlier one plans ahead to see the Capitol, the better; the smart tourists call their congresspersons and arrange private tours. The somewhat-smart ones (like me) get to the Capitol early for passes, and the first-generation-walking-upright types waltz up at 2:00 pm thinking they can shake hands with Denny Hastert.
I am always amazed at the number of people speaking languages other than English when I travel to DC. In a few short hours I have heard more foreign languages than I may have heard in the last six months in Toledo.
I continue to struggle finding decent free wireless in this area. Lots of secured signals, but I am not really interested in trying to hack my way onto a government wireless signal. I hear Guantanamo Bay is extremely hot this time of year.