We got a slow start this morning, but had a lot to do. We walked over to visit our Congressman, Jim Matheson and so Bevery could say hi to her friends, Maxine Waters and Congresswoman, Barbara Lee. The vendors are selling everything Obama, but we had to go to the official inauguration store only to find out that they were pretty much out of everything and had a line out the door. We must have walked about 10 miles today and we are exhausted.
A photographer from the Salt Lake Tribune, Steve, met up with us today and took some pictures of us on the steps of the Library of Congress. It will be in a follow up story about us in the Salt Lake Tribune that should run on Inauguration Day, January 20.
Last week before our trip we met with a journalist who is covering the Utah angle of the inauguration. I checked online and the article about us is now in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Tomorrow is the big day. The trains open at 4 a.m. and we plan to be there at 4:30 a.m. to beat the crowds. So far, the most memorable thing for Mackenzie is riding the Metro. Hopefully, that will change tomorrow.
Today was our first full day in D.C. We took the metro from Chevy Chase to the capitol and did some sightseeing. We visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History. We also took a peek at the Inauguration set at the capitol and scoped out where we might view the event on Tuesday.
The inauguration kick-off event that aired on HBO was held at the Lincoln Memorial. There was a huge crowd of people today on The National Mall. We didn’t get to attend the event, but instead took the girls sightseeing. The National History Museum was my favorite. Actors and actresses portraying the American Presidents and First Ladies walked around the museum and greeted everyone. We heard from Abraham Lincoln. I even got to see a replica of Julia Child’s kitchen (a must for every Food Network fan).
Laraine infront of Julia Child's Kitchen at the American History Museum
- The King Family at the Washington Monument