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Sunday, August 10, 2014

JAMESTOWN [WEEK 10]

the highlight of this week was going to jamestown. since being in dc, i have had 2 failed attempts for reasons complained in a previous post. this was the day, and it actually went along, but there were some setbacks, which will be expressed later.

for clarification there are 2 sites: jamestown settlement and historic jamestowne. jamestown settlement is a reconstructed historically accurate site owned by the state of virginia. the site consists of a thorough museum, 3 ships, a powhattan village, and james fort. historic jamestowne is the actual site (which is mostly an archeological site) and operated by the national park service.

we started our day bright and early, but unfortunately the transportation gods were not on our side. the metro was 30 minutes late, the rental place had misleading directions which required us to take 2 shuttle buses, the line was really long to check  the car, and there was plenty of traffic. i was stuck in the back of our lovely prius squished with two young men i had just met 5 minutes before. there was no such thing as personal space, but you get used to it. we finally arrived a good 3.5 hours later.



a powhattan home



me in my beautiful john smith garb and in a john smith stance.








unfortunately i lost track of time and was willing to run a mile to see the historic jamestowne visitors' center before it closed, but once i reached the glasshouse, the ranger told me to not even bother. so i enjoyed the little time i had at the glass house. while running to the glass house, i had a snow white moment. as i ran, i saw a family of deer, 3 butterflies, a cardinal, and a rabbit. it was some crazy shit. i also got to see glass being blown and bought a a few goodies. i was also able to have a wonderful conversation with a ranger. as i have said before, rangers are da best.



in the colonial historical national park.





the reconstructed glass house (the old glass house from the 1600s is an archaeological dig). rangers make glass goods the old-fashioned way that are sold along east coast nps sites.


we also took a long scenic drive through colonial historical national park. when we got out of the car, as i found out a few days later, i had some nasty spider bites. they almost became infected. funstuff.



where i met the mean spiders.


on the way back, we ran into a few nasty storms. it was scary. we also stopped by the denny's near king's dominion (the knott's of virginia). i got the red, white, and blue pancakes. they were delicious.

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the next day, i went to the wilson house, where president woodrow wilson lived for the last 3 years of his life. i really enjoyed it. dare i say, the wilson house and the frederick douglas house were my 2 favorite historical sites in dc. the wilson house is great because it is fully furnished with his belongings, and every artifact has a story. also, it is luxurious, but feels homey because you do not have as many ropes keeping you in a corner. the house is surrounded by diplomats' homes.











the home also had a wonderful temporary exhibit on art from WWI.

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monday was my day off. in the late afternoon, i had plans to meet some peeps, so i decided to see a few things in the morning.

my first stop was the national postal museum. honestly, i was not that excited but thought i would check it out. i think it is underrated. i really enjoyed the museum. my favorite exhibit was on how mail delivery has changed. my least favorite was the stuffed dog. it was not that it was stuffed that bothered me, it just did not look right. it did not look like a dog.






i think this exhibit can be easily overlooked. it shows how mail was delivered postwar compared to today.



me representing (in a beautiful mug shot). a southern-pacific railroad car behind me.


i spent the rest of the day at union station catching up on souvenir shopping.

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the next day was also my day off. i decided to take it easy, but also stop at the forde's theatre which is walking distance from my place. this is where president lincoln was assassinated. i had visited once before (in the 8th grade), but since then, the nps has renovated the museum. the museum is really nice, both visually appealing and interactive.





the balcony he was assassinated in.

i also stopped at the peterson house, across the street. this is where lincoln died a few days later.






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during my work week, i went with my roommate to take pictures of my workplace. even though they are embarrassing to take, these are the photos i will be glad to have and my family will have over the fireplace mantel.



here is the house building i worked in. i know the picture is blurry, but it is my favorite one. i am vanna white.



here is the capitol building (the more professional photo).



...and the view.

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now for a song! i know this is corny, but i went to jamestown this week and pocahontas was my favorite movie as a kid. i know most people would choose the song 'colors of the wind,' but i think this song is underrated. also, isn't this a lovely screenshot. enjoy!


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