This was a much needed break and we enjoyed bathrooms with running water, a lovely lunch, and simply exhaling for a minute.
As we neared the White House, we noticed the reviewing stands that had been put up for the inaugural parade were still up but instead of being empty, that day they were filled to the brim with supporters.
It was truly an amazing, life-changing experience – even though they did shut the route down and wouldn’t let us anywhere near the White House - we knew we were part of the beginning of a movement. It was overwhelming being a part of a group of half a million people – all ages, colors, sizes, genders, races and ethnicities who are committed to upholding the guiding principles of our nation as well as our more modern principles of inclusivity. In this huge, diverse group where we were all crushed together, as we made our voices heard, we did not see anything but kindness. I was delighted to read the next day that not one single arrest was made.