Washington, D.C. Journals

Big Game Hunting in Washington, D.C.

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A travel journal to Washington, D.C. by Idler

The Capitol Dome Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: Tracking the legendary Bull Moose, Theodore Roosevelt, led me to unexpected places in Washington: up steep hills in Rock Creek Park, along corridors of the Library of Congress, into the lunchtime crush of a fashionable bistro, through halls of the Smithsonian, and to other interesting places.

Big Game Hunting in Washington, D.C.

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Overview

The Capitol Dome Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Washington can be a hard place to get a handle on. Tourists pass through dutifully making the rounds: the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian... These are excellent places to visit, but I would encourage you to plan a visit relating to your interests. It is not necessarily the grand – and there is much that is grand in Washington – that provides the most meaningful experiences. By narrowing my focus to one man, I learned more in a few days than from a score of previous visits. It is one thing to be driven by circumstance on a journey and quite another to take a more deliberate approach, carefully planning one’s itinerary. I enjoy both methods, but increasingly I...Read More

Bull Moose Bed & Breakfast on Capitol Hill

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Hotel | "A "Dee-lightful" Stay at the Bull Moose B&B"

Bull Moose Bed & Breakfast on Capitol Hill Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
Well, how could I resist? With my enthusiasm for all things T.R.-related, I was thrilled to learn there was a Theodore Roosevelt-themed B&B not far from the Library of Congress and the Eastern Market. I happily arranged for an overnight stay at this charming bed and breakfast nestled in an elegantly restored Capitol Hill townhouse. The Bull Moose Bed and Breakfast sits on a nicely-landscaped corner lot. We had the good fortune to come on a lovely late spring day, with the earliest flush of summer blooms, including a lovely oakleaf hydrangea near the B&B’s gate. Upon entering, we found an envelo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Bull Moose Bed & Breakfast on Capitol Hill
101 5th Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

Old Ebbitt Grill

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Restaurant

Old Ebbitt Grill Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
Just two blocks from the White House, the Old Ebbitt Grill at 675 15th Street, NW is one of the prime spots for power lunches. It is said that the hunting trophies mounted on the wall above the Old Bar were shot by Roosevelt, though their provenance is questionable. Whether or not the trophies were actually TR’s, this is THE place to come for turn-of-the-century ambience and sophisticated pub fare. The Old Ebbitt bills itself as the oldest saloon in Washington, but this is somewhat disingenuous as its location has changed several times. A boarding house in Chinatown originally housed the Old Ebbitt, which was where ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
(202) 347-4800

Market Lunch

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Restaurant

Market Lunch Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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One of the most vibrant places in Washington is the Eastern Market at 7th and Independence, S.E., the oldest continually operating market in Washington. The market is liveliest on a Saturday morning, when the weekend Market Festival of craftspeople and artists is in full swing. Residents of pricey Capitol Hill townhouses mingle with locals from less prosperous southeast Washington neighborhoods and tourists. The market has an appealing bohemian quality crossed with a certain entrepreneurial élan. A farmer’s market is set up outside under a long awning set before the brick building housing the South Hall Market, home to quality florist...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Market Lunch
225 7th Street South East
Washington, District of Columbia 20003
(202) 547-8444

Rock Creek Park, Nature Center/Planetarium

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Attraction | ""Over, Under, or Through" - TR in Rock Creek Park"

Rock Creek Park, Nature Center/Planetarium Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Many visitors who come to Washington are surprised by the abundance of parkland and greenery in the nation’s capital, which was bordered in L’Enfant’s time by the Rock Creek Valley. In the 1860’s, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building a roadway through the valley, and thus the idea of Rock Creek Park was born. The slopes of the valley were carefully sculpted and sweeping roads were laid. The six-mile-long park runs from the Potomac up into Maryland and is the delight of bikers, hikers, joggers, and nature lovers throughout the city. The views along Rock Creek Parkway are among Washington’s best-kept secrets, seldom appreciated by tourists. One man who did appreciate Rock Creek ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Rock Creek Park, Nature Center/Planetarium
5200 Glover Road NW
Washington, DC 20015

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress

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Attraction | ""Light gone out" - TR at the Library of Congress"

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
On February 14, 1884, Theodore Roosevelt rushed home to New York, having received news that his wife and mother were ill. When Roosevelt arrived, his mother had succumbed to typhoid, and his young wife was dying. The two women died within hours of each other. Roosevelt held his beloved wife in his arms as she died. The normally wordy Roosevelt made but a single entry in his pocket diary that day: a large black X with the words, "The light has gone out of my life" beneath it. Afterwards, he rarely mentioned his wife. It was as if he were putting an event too painful to contemplate behind him. For insight into the inner Roosevelt, historians rely on his private papers, ove...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Jefferson's Legacy: The Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C., United States 20540
(202) 707-5000

USDA Forest Service

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Attraction | ""Nothing More Beautiful - TR at the Forest Service"

USDA Forest Service Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Rounding the corner of the massive Department of Agriculture building at the corner of 14th and Independence one day, I spotted a sign for the Forest Service museum. I’d never realized that the Forest Service was part of the Department of Agriculture and had assumed that it was part of the Department of the Interior like the Park Service. However, as is often the case around Washington, this arrangement is a legacy from the days of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt set up the Forest Service in 1905, at a critical point in conservation history. He opposed the unrestricted exploitation of the forest reserves that the "land grabbers," as he called them, sought. Accordingly, he planned to set aside...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

USDA Forest Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0003
(202) 205-8333

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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Attraction | "TR at the National Museum of American History"

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Undoubtedly among the most crowded places in Washington is the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Before braving the museum’s crowds, it helps to have a focus, as it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the throngs wandering through the vast halls of exhibits. Since I’ve been through the museum a number of times, I enjoyed a visit concentrating solely on Theodore Roosevelt. The natural place to begin a T.R. hunt is in"The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden" exhibit on the third floor just off the escalator. A couple of years back several enlightened curators were given full rein in what had been a rand...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Smithsonian National Museum of American History
14th Street And Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1300

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Attraction | "Spirit of the Wilderness - Theodore Roosevelt Isle"

Theodore Roosevelt Island Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
Quote:
"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm." – Theodore Roosevelt Just east of Key Bridge in the Potomac River lies a small island with a varied history. Once home to Anolostan Indians, it passed through several well-known colonial families’ hands, including George Mason’s son’s. Later it hosted a unit of black Union troops during the Civil War. In the late 1800’s, the Strathmore family built a mansion on the island, but a dramatic turn of events forced their departure. The story goes that the daughter of the family planned to elope with an Englishman who sent Indian messengers to the house to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Theodore Roosevelt Island
Potomac River
Washington, DC

Freer Gallery of Art

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Attraction | "TR and the Freer Gallery of Art"

Freer Gallery of Art Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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"It is always better to be an original than an imitation." - T.R. Including the Freer Gallery in a T.R.-themed journal is admittedly a bit of a stretch, but not as much as you might think. Roosevelt, by his own admission, was no art connoisseur. However, had he not personally intervened, the Freer Gallery would probably never have been built. As the Freer, with its hushed, cool marble halls built around a lovely central courtyard, is one of my favorite places in Washington, I feel a personal indebtedness to T.R. whenever I seek refuge there on a hot summer’s day. When wealthy Detroit businessman and art col...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Freer Gallery of Art
1000 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20560
(202) 357-2700

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Attraction | ""Last Chance" -TR at the Museum of Natural History"

Quote:
I was informed long ago growing up outside D.C. that the huge bull elephant in the Rotunda of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History was shot by Theodore Roosevelt. Wrong. The newly-renovated display in the Rotunda gives credit to another. I felt saddened by my disillusionment. However, there are numerous birds and mammals bagged by Roosevelt in the Smithsonian, which houses the world’s largest collection of mammals and the third-largest ornithological collection. Back in his boyhood, T.R. had his own small natural history museum, with birds and animals he skinned and prepared himself after learnin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
10th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
(202) 633-1000

Quote:
Just how much do you really know about the 26th President? Take the quiz and find out! 1. What relationship was Eleanor Roosevelt to T.R.? a. His cousin b. His niece c. His daughter d. No blood relation 2. T.R. selected his "Rough Riders" from a pool of over 23,000 enthusiastic volunteers, drawing a disproportionate number from which of the following groups? a. Cowboys, Ivy League athletes, and Native Americans b. Black "Buffalo Soldiers," cavalry veterans, and circus riders c. West Point graduates, sharpshooters, and Pinkerton men d. Working class men, non-commissioned officers, and recent immigrant...Read More