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Friday, July 25, 2014

NEWSEUM & FREDRICKSBURG [WEEK 8]

on my day off, i went to the newseum. i had been waiting off because of the admission price, a whopping $23! i finally decided to cave in, and i was glad i did. i did not realize how much they focus on social injustice and photojournalism. my favorite part was the pulitzer prize gallery. in the middle of the room they show a documentary about the stories behind the photos.



part of the berlin wall.





more of the berlin wall.



an east german death tower



the view from their balcony (including the canadian embassy)



they even included the daily show and colbert report.



they included a little exhibit about journalists who were assassinated. for one journalist, a bomb was strapped under his car.



they also have the broadcasting atena from the world trade center.



another artifact was a bullet-riddled, armor-reinforced pickup truck used by reporters in the balkans. 

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on saturday, me and a few of my house mates were supposed to go to jamestown, but after driving half way there, the driver decided to turn around. i was mad. instead we exited the freeway and went to fredricksburg. here is where the battle of fredericksburg was fought during the civil war



the rock wall is original.



the innis house survived the war



even though most of the walls have been replaced since then, one wall stayed. it has bullet holes from the battle!

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the next day, i decided to go back to rock creek and see the pierce mill. the first time i was at the creek,  the mill was closed. while i was there, i ran into a ranger that i had met a few weeks prior at the old stone house. we had a nice conversation and remembered me. he even let me see the old barn which is closed to public due to a staff shortage.








i was actually a bit early, so decided to chill by the creek.

after, i also stopped at fort stevens because they were celebrating the bicentennial of the civil war, but it was a bit disappointing. the day before was the main festivities.

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later that week on my day off i decided to go back to the national mall and visit the places i had not already had the opportunity to see. the first place i visited was the national forestry service visitors' center. it is very small (and i was a bit disappointed to not see a gift shop), but as soon as entered i saw at the front desk....



the one and only.....SMOKEY THE BEAR



it was magical. and i got some freebees.



after, i went to the smithsonian castle

then, i went to the national museum of african art, but became distracted. as soon as i walked in, they had a free activity to burn and paint gourds. i wish i had more time, but i worked on it for a good hour. by the time i was done, it was getting late. i plan on going back to actually see the exhibits before i leave.


i received some battle scars.

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now for a song! one of my favorite songs of all time is the lumineers' 'slow it down.' i had not heard it for a long time, but it popped up on pandora and i was reminded of how good it is.




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