Before the Sharks @ Capitals game that evening, I would hang out in the District all day with my pals from New Jersey (all Sharks fans since the early 90s), who drove down for the game. Here's a small sampling of what we did.
Unlike the previous two days in D.C., the February weather was outstanding (I finally got to shed my trenchcoat). We walked from the Mall to the Washington Monument, only to find out that it's been closed since August, 2011 due to an earthquake of all things.
This tree looks poised to pluck the Capitol right out of the ground.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Air Force strategizes its assault on the White House.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Lincoln Memorial (again)
These wreaths weren't here two days earlier, however.
The Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool is being reconstructed.
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Next, we went to the National Air and Space Museum. This is one of four models of Sputnik 1 (the original burned up on reentry).
Antarctic explorer Lincoln Ellsworth's plane, which has some interesting history.
Amelia Earhart flew in this plane (a Lockheed Vega 5B) solo across both the Atlantic Ocean and the United States, both firsts for women.
The Wright Brothers flyer (1903)
The Spirit of St. Louis, flown by Charles Lindbergh from New York City to Paris in 1927 (the first non-stop flight of its kind, lasting 33 1/2 hours).
I had a sudden urge to play Q*bert after seeing this outside in the Mall.
Nice setting for an ice rink.
Even though I did the National Archives the day before, I didn't mind going in again.
A moai statue from Easter Island, inside the National Museum of Natural History.
The National Museum of Natural History
From left = Mike, Bill, Trav, and Frank (yours truly, kneeling).
Bill in front of the jaws of a carcharadon megalodon (a gigantic prehistoric great white shark).
I forced Bill to pose for this homage to Joe Thornton's woolly mammoth tusk.
The Verizon Center, home to the Washington Capitals... but we still had to get dinner.
The Capital Q Texan BBQ, home of some pretty delicious stuff.
The Verizon Center was right smack in D.C.'s Chinatown.
I don't speak or read Chinese, but I find it amusing that Fuddruckers can be translated into Chinese characters.
Coming up = the game itself (finally). Stay tuned.