My favorite feature of the US Capitol Grounds, The Summer House, is currently fenced off and filled with scaffolding, plywood, and other construction paraphernalia. It appears a restoration or renovation is in progress, probably in tandem with other preparations on the grounds for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. Here’s hoping it’s open again by next summer; it’s a wonderful spot to relax and get a bit wet, if you know what I mean.*
If, like me, you miss the Summer House already but have a Second Life avatar, you can check out Kiwini Oe’s Summer House replica, or just see it in this video:
* And by “get wet,” I mean you can splash some water on your face from the fountain. Duh.
When I go for my 10K runs from the YMCA in July, the summer house is right at the half-way point – a perfect rest stop for wetness and summer shade.