A fine day dawned - yippee - but we still have a big museum on the day's itinerary.
Just after 9am we head out but as soon as we reach the street we notice people with placards heading towards the Capitol and onto the United States Supreme Court building. A Gay Marriage case is being debated (we are unclear on the details) and we follow the crowds. This was the same case where some people had camped out since Thursday to be in the public gallery. As we expected there were big crowds, representing both sides but the majority seems to be for Marriage Equality. The crowds were mixed together on both sides of the street outside the United States Supreme Court.
Some people seem to believe that history will be made so photos are taken to capture the moment.
These punters had nothing to do with the case, but had their photo taken anyway.
The for and against demonstrations were all peaceful but some signs were really inflammatory. One sign nearby suggested the "Death Penalty for Fagotts".
The police presence was huge and we did like this Harley-Davidson police bike with sidecar.
Hans was last here 29 years ago but as with most collections and buildings we've seen here, National Air and Space Museum has been regularly expanded and renovated.
In this museum ALL aircraft and space craft you see are real unless they specifically say "a model" and these are few and far between. Apologies for those reading this who are not space and flight buffs but we could not help being amazed and capturing lots of photos and information.
As you enter the National Air and Space Museum from Independence Avenue, you pass under the Voyager plane below. It was the first plane to full circumnavigate the globe without landing in 1986. It only flew at about 110 mph and carried 2 people and 7,000 pounds of fuel. It largely was a glider with a small engine.