I didn’t sleep at all last night. I just couldn’t get to sleep. In the end at about 0200 I started watching television and got engrossed in swamp people, mudcats, chopped and cooking mission impossible amongst other shows. US television is amazing in its diversity and subject matter. I watched a program about one bloke in Colorado who owns an amazing array of firearms and runs a number of shooting ranges including a license to make and sell flame throwers. The program about hand catching catfish was hilarious. I just wonder if catfish in the US have the same poisonous spurs that catfish in Australian waterways have.
Yesterday’s weather was pretty miserable. It was meant to snow and salt was laid on all the roads. No snow fell, just rain and sleet. It was pretty uninviting for walking around. That said, I still went for a walk.
This morning I wanted to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. I went to the website at
and looked for the opening hours. I misread the hours at the bottom for the health unit to be for the museum itself. Given I couldn’t sleep I showered at 0600, drank a coffee at Starbucks and then walked from the hotel on 16th Street NW to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It was pretty cold this morning. I reckon it was as low at 0 °C. My fingers were sore and numb. My face was sore and red with the wind. When I got to the Museum it was clear I misread the website because the opening time is 1000. That gave me about two hours to kill so I just walked around all the museums and captured images and tweeted and marked out my territory on Foursquare.
I had been a bit sluggish this week in terms of exercise so I figured this was a really good opportunity. Given how tired I was it would also help me sleep on my flight between IAD and LAX and hopefully between LAX and SYD.
I’ve marked out my path on Runkeeper. There were a couple of pauses for coffee at other Starbucks outlets and to warm up. Today’s activity is at
I really enjoyed seeing a number of buildings and exhibits at the Museum of Natural History. I won’t post them all, just some highlights as well as a short video of a squirrel I enjoyed following for a minute.
- Washington DC is a beautiful city (garydavidlum.com)
- Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and a Virtual Dinosaur Dig (freetech4teachers.com)
- The National Museum of Natural History (sothisisthe21stcentury.wordpress.com)