Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bears Go East: A Small Piece Of Canada In America

The following event happened (briefly) on July 19th, 2013
Frequent readers of this blog may be expecting this post to be about the last day of our road trip.  This is to be expected given the last post promised details about the last day of our road trip.  However I wanted to take a moment to share a short story about some place I visited while caching solo in DC. I thank you for your patience.

Readers of this blog may alsorecall that, while I live in North Carolina, I am a loud and proud Canadian citizen.

As a result, while I was exploring Washington DC I decided to hop over to Canada for a few minutes.

More specifically I visited the Canadian Embassy.

(semi)Interesting fact: the Canadian embassy is the closest embassy to the Capitol Building - not sure if this means anything except the symbolic meaning that we are the closest embassy to the Capitol building. (That fact may get you a pie slice in Trivia Pursuit some day. You are welcome).

As any proper American knows, it is always winter in Canada, so it should come as no surprise that the first things I saw when I went to Canada was this:
Actually I lied, The above was a photo hanging on the wall of an art gallery inside the Embassy.  The real first view is (appropriately) an inukshuk:

I didn't take a lot of photos inside cause: security.  So I went back outside.  The outside of the embassy has lots of raised gardens, and water falls. It is kinda nice actually, and a bit secluded from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

 No visit to Canada would be complete without some native art.
I did manage to meet the ambassador briefly while he was on his way to attend to some national business on the hill. That was kinda cool.

I then stepped back onto US soil and continued my day.  Thanks for allowing me a quick tangental story, and tomorrow I'll return you back to the final day of our epic road trip - for reals this time!