|a wee bit of Rally traffic on I-95|
I was really looking forward to this weekend for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we hadn't seen our sweet relatives since Passover (yikes!), and also because I'd been saving the Rally as a date I was hoping to have energy enough to pack a suitcase for. We'd reserved this weekend for a visit a while ago, but were unsure of the location until this week (no kitchen=no visitors), when I thought I felt up to traveling a few hours from home.
The Rally was unbelievable. First, we walked to the nearest Metro station (along with a few hundred thousand other people coming from the DC burbs), where the ladies (and Judah) waited while the men stood in line to buy us MetroCards.
|darn, we shudda bought our metrocards yesterday|
We finally made it off of the Metro and out of the station (not as easy as you'd think, what with broken escalators and a half a million people and all), only to be stunned by the number of people in the streets surrounding the National Mall. I was totally energized by the fresh air (okay, maybe because it wasn't recycled air) and the energy up on the street. Organized groups of people dressed in the same shirts (I Heart Reasonable People), and signs that broadcast funny, clever, political, pithy, noteworthy (and not) slogans were everywhere we looked.
After a potty stop at my sister-in-law's conveniently located office building, we made it down to the mall and finally found a picnic spot (2 hours after we'd left the house that morning). We could neither see nor hear anything happening on the main stage, but it was enough just to be a part of the whole event. We took off our shoes, relaxed on a pink bedsheet/picnic blanket and enjoyed our PB&J sandwiches.
|our view of the capitol bldg.|
|Judah's first Metro ride|
Forget the fact that Judah had a total meltdown around 7 pm that night (a bit too much activity for one napless day), focus on the great company and yummy takeout.
Sunday morning, we were up bright and early. We took Judah to a cute little park in the neighborhood and then walked over to the famed Georgetown Cupcakes to choose some treats to take home.
|a few cupcakes never made it home|
Everyone better get out and vote!!
ps. I will add more pics from the rally later tonight. Check back for excellent signage.