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In what was perhaps my hastiest decision making moment in recent memory, my wife & I went from watching the final episode of the HBO series “Sonic Highways” to searching the internet for remaining tickets to the Foo Fighters’ 20th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC, to booking our flight, hotel and the whole she-bang in under 6 minutes.  And it turned out to be one of the best trips we’ve ever taken!

My wife is a lover of all things history, so the idea of a 2 mile long stretch of parkland bordered on all sides with monuments and museums was an easy selling feature for this trip!  We spent a few days touring just a handful of all the amazing sights, right in the heart of the city.  The National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian Institution Museum, the National Air & Space Museum, the International Spy Museum and the National Museum of Natural History were all the museums we could comfortably fit into our trip, without pulling some all nighters!

We of course also swung past the Capitol Building, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Memorial for some quick visits, with many many stops in-between to some wonderful restaurants where we had some very memorable meals. (I still haven’t been able to find that Mumbo Sauce anywhere else!)

The Foo Fighters’ concert was pretty spectacular, in that we weren’t even really sure if it was going to take place!  Just a few weeks prior to the show, Dave Grohl fell off a stage in Sweden and broke his leg, which threw our last minute vacation plans into turmoil.  We decided to board the flight anyways, and were very glad that we did when just the day before the big show the band confirmed that it would take way more than a broken leg to keep Dave from this special show.  The weather was another story, and sadly it absolutely POURED a few hours prior to the headliners taking the stage.  A voice came over the speakers instructing everyone to seek shelter inside the arena, as lightning had been spotted nearby.  As all seats were General Admission, we weren’t about to give up our primo spot, so we bundled up in our Disneyworld ponchos and braced for the worst.  We sat through the torrential downpour next to a few other brave souls in our sought-after section for over an hour before the driving rains let up – SUCCESS!  After cleaning up the field and stage, the show went on and a great time was had!  We were even treated to 4th of July fireworks at the end of the night!

To view the rest of the photos from our trip, please head over to the full set at https://www.flickr.com/photos/codename/albums/72157662958958736.

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