On August 15, my 14-year-old daughter Joanne and I took to the skies to participate in TheCall
in Washington D.C.
It was quite an exhausting adventure, but everything went pretty smoothly.
Friday we got up at 5:00 AM to catch our plane at the Portland airport.
After a cross-country flight, taking a long bus ride from Dulles airport
to downtown Washington D.C., then taking the Metro
(subway), then walking for a quarter of a mile, we finally arrived at our hotel around 6:00 PM. After a nice dinner out, it was definitely time to hit the sack!
Saturday we took the Metro to the National Mall,
to participate in twelve hours of prayer and fasting with tens of thousands of other Christians. To pray and stay focused and stay engaged for that long is hard work! It was somewhat hot, but with our chairs under some trees, a fairly steady little breeze, and a bit of cloud cover, it wasn't as bad as I had expected. We ended up leaving a bit early so we wouldn't have to walk the streets of DC in the dark, but by that time we were kind of on overload anyway.
Sunday, after taking the Metro to the Mall again, we walked to a lot of the important monuments and buildings: the Washington Monument,
the White House,
the World War II Memorial,
the Lincoln Memorial,
the Jefferson Memorial,
the Holocaust Museum,
down the Mall past all of the Smithsonian museums,
and around the Capitol building
— eight miles in all! After all that exercise (and sweating!), we treated ourselves to a Swiss fondue at The Melting Pot
Monday found us at the Mall yet again, this time to visit the Smithsonian Natural History Museum,
where we both saw our first IMAX movie
. Then it was back to the hotel to get our luggage, a bus ride to the airport, the flight back to Portland, and a drive down to Albany.
By 10:30 PM we were back to home sweet home! Fortunately I had the next day off work to recover!