Emilee is not only taking lessons from Megan, but she’s also helping here train the young horse, Jasper. In this picture, they are working on training the horse to jump.
For the last few months, Emilee has been taking horseback riding lessons and helping to train a new horse, Jasper. Today I went out to watch and take a few shots.
Once we realized how cold it was going to be, we planned our day around Metro stops, thus minimizing walking outdoors. So we took a risk on the National Building Museum. On the one hand, the guided tour on the construction of this 120+ year old building was quite fascinating. Our tour guide knew a lot about this place. On the other hand, the two exhibits we toured were decidedly “meh.” You could take this one or leave it.
The panorama below does a nice job capturing the massive size of the building, which is larger than a football stadium. They used to hold balls in here, and you can see why. (Click the picture and open your browser as wide as it will go to get the full effect.)
After Ford’s Theater, we took the Metro a few stops further to Union Station. It was interesting to walk around and look at the architecture of this old building. We also shopped and had some Indian food in the foot court. If you look at everything, it might take you an hour, but it’s worth the visit.
Here’s another panorama, one from outside the front doors. (Click the picture and open your browser as wide as it will go to get the full effect.)
On Monday we took the Metro into DC for the day. Our first stop was Ford’s Theater, where Lincoln was shot. The museum below the theater was superb, tracing his life from his trip to DC, his first term, his re-election, the start of his second term, and of course his death. This is well worth going to.
The picture below is a panorama of the theater, which is still in use today. Lincoln was sitting in the box seats on the right side. (Click the picture and open your browser as wide as it will go to get the full effect.)
A portrait that Jacen took recently of Ann.
Jacen took this portrait of me earlier this week.
IKEA is the world’s largest furniture retailer, so while Ann and I were in Charlotte for the weekend, we decided to stop by the IKEA store there and take a look around. It’s a huge (blue) building, and they have tons of furnishings for the house and apartment, but overall I was underwhelmed. The quality of so many items was low, especially the furniture. The upside is that a lot of things were inexpensive. I suppose if you’re setting up a college dorm or if you’re a recent grad with $40k in college debt and setting up your first apartment, it’s an affordable way to furnish your place. But I don’t think I would shop there regularly. Even so, we managed to buy several items, including some candles and a bunch of wooden hangers.