The consensus of the talk was "GO!!!!!!!!!!"
Stay in a cheap hotel, get a red-eye flight in the middle of the week, and GO!
We have a week off in February in our district--President's Week--and it seemed like the timing would be perfect. The exhibition doesn't close until March, after all. It would be a quick trip--just the Portrait Gallery, Alexandria, and Fort Ward--then home. Only one bag to pack.
I called a friend who is very good at this sort of thing, and she is totally up for it. I have some money left from summer employment, and I live pretty cheaply anyway--except the mortgage--
I am going!!!! Huzzah for me!!
Any donations will be gratefully accepted, of course. Oh my!
DC about 1860ish is above, but I am guessing that there will be fewer horses this time around.