So, what do you do in in Washington DC for two days when it's done nothing but rain all week and the government is on hiatus? Well, first you sleep in... as it's the day after a wedding. Then if you're like Lori and I, you head out for a day in Virginia's wine country. (I'm sorry, was that not obvious?)
We ventured to a few recommended wineries in the area, and had a great time along the way. The patrons at each winery were relaxed, most had a band playing nearby and some of them even seemed to accommodate dogs. And despite the gray skies, they all had beautiful views to enjoy.
On our last day of the trip, we drove into Washington D.C. Between the weather and the government shutdown it was like a ghost town. It had affected every aspect of this city. And because all of the Smithsonian's, monuments and parks were closed – it definitely put a small damper on the day.
We did find one or two open museums, as they were privately funded. So after a shrimp roll, salad and a cupcake, we headed to the Newseum. There we had the chance to experience centuries of news history from every angle. And while the news is often reported with words, photographs play a huge role as well. We viewed contact sheets from the film days of JFK, and some amazing Pulitzer Prize winning photographs as well. Sometimes somber, sometimes triumphant - always powerful.
By all means, the trip wasn't perfect. It could have been sunny and warm, and the state of the capitol could have not been in chaos. But we definitely made the best of it, and came away from it with some great memories together. :)