Reason 179

#179: The Eagles There is a pair of Bald Eagles that made a nest at the National Arboretum in 2014. They were promptly named The President and the First Lady because of course. Last year the eagles had a pair of eaglets. We could all watch them in the Eagle Cam (really) and they were…

Reason 180

#180: National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Smithsonian Institution which, contrary to what tourists think, is not one museum but a number of museums. As such this museum, like all other Smithsonian museums, is free. I, of course, love free things, so lots of points for the National Portrait Gallery.…

Reason 182

#182: All the steps Since I discovered that my phone automatically tracks how many steps I take in a day, I have become mildly (ok, a lot) obsessed with counting steps. I first discovered this feature of the phone around November and used it extensively during a holiday trip with my family. I announced at…

Reason 184

#184: National Arboretum There are a lot of trees in DC. Lots of trees. Trees everywhere. And lots of cherry blossom trees, which are of course my favorite. Except for the tourists that come with the cherry blossom trees. The tourists I could do without. Because there are trees everywhere, I never really got the…

Reason 195

#195: Stephen Colbert When I first wrote this, Stephen Colbert made the list because he came to DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. To be fair, I think that post was more about how I got to sleep in my own bed and then walk a couple of miles to be a…