This is Constitution Avenue. You can make out an open-air double-decker tour bus on the other side of the street.
It had stopped to let the tourists off. We have never been on any of the tour buses that drive through the area. Maybe one of these days but we have always been happy just walking around and visiting various museums along the way.
This is the top part of the Smithsonian's Castle. It was the first museum built along the Mall. On the right-hand side you can see the top of the Washington Monument showing at the top of the turret. It is actually about a third of a mile away.
The Carousel has been on the Mall for as long as I can remember. We used to take our son on it when he was a toddler.
It turned out it to be too crowded in the American History Museum for us, with long lines at all exhibits that we wanted to look at. We decided to leave it for the tourists today and come back when things get a little quieter, and cooler.
I could have gone for a pretzel or a hotdog but frankly I was getting so thirsty I knew eating either of those would have been a big mistake. At that point I could have drunk a river, I kid you not. I don't handle humidity very well. We had already stopped off at one of the vendors on the Mall for ice-cold bottles of water and they didn't last long. My dear husband grew up in this State and the heat or humidity doesn't bother him. The hotter the better.
This impressive looking head didn't think it would have been a good idea either. He is a replica of a portrait of an Olmec ruler carved from volcanic welded ash by Ignacio Perez Solano. It is a copy of one of 17 colossal heads known from one of the world's great ancient civilizations. Without wheels or iron tools, the Olmec created spectacular monumental sculptures and ceremonial centers on Mexico's Gulf Coast. I took a picture of the sign next to it and that's where I got all my information.
We saw the double-decker tour bus again. My whiny side was wishing we had bought a ticket.
We were overtaken by the segway tour. Whenever we come into the city we always see one. Three 'young-uns' raced by us a little too fast trying to catch up with their party. They startled me so much I almost jumped out of my shoes. If they had been a little slower I might have grabbed one and told him I would forgive him if he would please give me a ride back to our car.
The same building but taken a little further away. Right next to it you can see a lighter colored structure which is the Museum for the American Indian. We have been in there two or three times. It is very enjoyable.
We're almost at the car but I see Starbucks. I have given up coffee for a while so I don't head to it with my usual homing pigeon instincts and I am still looking for that river of water, and possibly going through caffeine withdrawal on top of everything else, poor Gregg!
And by this time we have reached the car and Gregg is heading for the river of water. We see this interesting statue on the way out of the city.
I'm afraid I don't know who this man is but he looks very down in the mouth. His wife probably just gave him the look.
It wasn't long before we got home into a nice cool house and where I threw myself into a bath-tub of cold water and drank my way out. Yes I am joking but I did find the biggest glass we have and filled it right to the tippy-top, and drank two of those. It never tasted so good. Next time I am going to take a chest full of ice and remember to pack it with that river of water for when we get back to the car.
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Added note: thanks to Craver Vii, I have now identified the statue of the sad looking gentleman above. Thanks Craver, here is his comment.
Craver Vii said...
The pensive gent (statue) who appears depressed is Samuel Hahnemann. As he sat for the sculptor, this German physician was probably gloomy because his discovery (homeopathic medicine) was not enthusiastically received by his American peers.
Yes, I was paying attention through the reading of the thirsty saga, but the challenge of a nameless statue derailed me. Google is a wonderful tool, eh?
If anyone is interested, the link above translates the German inscriptions from the monument.