Just like ~200,000 other people, boyfriend and I decided it would be a fun idea to go to Washington D.C. for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. We decided to do the (in)sane thing and take an overnight train to DC, rally away, then take an overnight train back to Boston.
I actually slept quite well on the train. At least, as well as one can expect to sleep on a train that stops in every metro area between Boston and DC. We got in around 7am Saturday morning and made our way to the national mall (not hard to do when all of Union Station is migrating to the same place).
Here's us with our just-woke-up faces and Congress behind us. (notice the rally hat?)
We weren't the first there, but we were first enough that we were able to stand really close to the stage.
Having nothing to sit on for the remaining five hours between us and Jon Stewart, we debated the pros and cons of standing in the same spot for five hours vs. touring a city that I'd never seen before. We decided to see a little scenery and risk losing sight of the stage for the show.
Did you know it's almost two miles from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial? By the time we made that round trip it was nearly rally time. We made a quick stop at the WWII memorial to represent:
Then made our way back to the edge of the crowd, now two projection screens back from the stage. It was almost rally time, but I got in a little sock knitting anyway.
When it began, there was laughing.
And plenty of sanity with Stewart. The stage is actually just to the right of that dude's hat. Not terribly far away, but far enough that we couldn't see anything happening.
When all was said and done, everyone seemed genuinely pleased, ready to pee, and very hungry. It took a couple hours for us to get anywhere, which happened to be the Museum of Natural History. It took even longer for us to find a place to eat that wasn't booked through the night.
Then we made our way back to Union Station and got back on the overnight train.