A Day in DC

I pulled a 22-hour shift to cover Obama’s second inauguration (my first) in Washington yesterday. A group of people from the Lynchburg area organized a bus to leave at 1:30 a.m. and come back in the afternoon. With a 4ish-hour trip each way I knew it would be a long day. I mistakenly thought I’d be able to grab a decent nap during the ride but sometimes it just doesn’t work out (and it doesn’t help when you are right under the speaker for the en-route movie). All in all it was an amazing day and one that I’ll never forget. Seeing the sun rise over the Jefferson Memorial and feeling the crowd roar as Obama approached the lectern – photos and words really aren’t adequate to capture those moments. But they are better than nothing so, as usual, here is a set of my favorite pics from the day. Including a very candid photo of Obama hanging out with some people in the park…

National Art

Although most of downtown DC was overrun with visitors for the annual Pro-Life march on Monday, the National Gallery of Art was pleasantly empty. I met my Minnesota friends Emily and Nathan Carroll for an afternoon of urban exploring and we wandered through many hundreds of years of art and sculpture. I found myself drawn to the huge old landscapes more than usual, imagining the world before paved roads and vacation condos interrupted pristine shorelines and mountain valleys.