Rangerettes in D.C.: Day 5

Inauguration preparation
Workers prepare the Capitol grounds Jan. 20 for the Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 21.
Photo by JON VASHEY / SPECIAL TO THE FLARE

Editor’s Note: Rangerette and Flare staff writer Dezirae Burnett, Huntington freshman, is in Washington D.C. to perform Jan. 19 in The Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball. The Rangerettes arrived Jan. 16, and are able to tour the capital. THE FLARE will share Burnett’s personal reflections on the trip. Keep up with us on Facebook or Twitter for updates on new entries.

Historic journey fitting end for D.C. experience

 

By DEZIRAE BURNET
Staff Writer 

The day got off to a late start. After a busy evening at the ball, I decided to treat myself to a couple hours of sleep.

Once I finally dragged myself out of bed, I dressed and made my way to the Metro station. For my last day in Washington D.C., I was headed to the Smithsonian.

The first stop was the American History Museum. I was surprised to see so many people there despite it being the off season.

My eyes widen with joy as I spotted Judy Garland’s ruby red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” I spent five minutes in front that display alone. Next, we saw Archie Bunker’s chair and Kermit the Frog.

As I milled about the museum, it was interesting to see the mix of artifacts arranged in the same exhibit, like the first iPod sitting next to a wedding dress made from a used parachute.

I had a blast looking at all of the inaugural dresses of the first ladies and the on-set kitchen of Julia Child. After three hours exploring our country’s contributions to history, my small group of friends meandered to the Museum of Natural History, where we spent the rest of the afternoon viewing mummies, precious gems and dinosaur fossils.

While it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see all of those artifacts, I was thankful when it was finally time to return to the hotel. Souvenirs in hand, we left the Smithsonian with the light breeze at our backs.

All in all, it was a wonderful way to bring this amazing trip to a close.

Read Day 1 of Burnett’s journal here.
Read Day 2 of Burnett’s journal here.
Read Day 3 of Burnett’s journal here.
Read Day 4 of Burnett’s journal here.

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