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Celebrating in the Capital!

I've been doing a lot of travel this summer-- I've been visiting friends and family and I went to a cousin's wedding down in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina in June. So between work at NCSC International and my weekend excursions, I haven't had much of a chance to spend time in D.C., one of my favorite places in the world. I stayed in town for the 4th of July weekend, though-- my very first in the district! -- and had a blast.

On Friday I went with some friends to the weekly concert at the National Gallery of Art's sculpture garden. If you ever have the chance to go, it's a relaxing way to spend a Friday as the sun goes down-- pack a picnic and a blanket and you're set!

For the actual 4th of July, I went kayaking with friends on the Potomac River. We put in at Georgetown and spent a couple of lazy hours basking in the sun, paddling down to the bridge, letting the current haul us back in, and paddling out again. It made for good exercise...

And I finally got to see a D.C. fireworks show!! It was a little understated compared to the image I had in my mind, but the Washington Monument made for an impressive backdrop nonetheless and hearing the cannons being fired behind us from the Capitol steps added a certain something to the experience.

I can't believe summer is more than half over! I'll post again soon about the work I'm doing at NCSC!