I’m writing a special one this weekend due to being in D.C. and having been a witness to both the Inauguration as well as the Women’s March the following day. This historical event was amazing to be a part of and to observe.

Inauguration day and the Women’s March do not have anything to do with gardening I know.  But, I still thought due to the historical nature of January 20 and January 21 2017, I should share some of the moments I experienced.

January 20, 2017: Inauguration Day for our 45th President, Donald Trump.  This day surprisingly was not very crowded.  We saw some large crowds but, nothing like we had expected.  We walked by a couple protests as you can see below but, the ones we observed were all peaceful and mostly about a lack of trust in the new president and fighting for rights of freedom of religion, immigration, and women.  People seemed mostly quiet and introspective while others were more verbal in their protest to the main event of the day.  Overall, not too much to comment on here and while it was an interesting time to see, it paled in comparison to the Women’s March.

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January 21, 2017: Women’s March.  This experience was shared among over 500,000 men, women and even children here in Washington, D.C.  Additionally, as you know, the were marches of solidarity across the WORLD from other cities in U.S.A., to Europe, and all the way to Antarctica!  Together we showed our hope, strength, and our ability to come together peacefully and to fight for women’s rights.

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The above is around 1015 walking from the Library of Congress down towards the mall.20170121_100849

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Some of the signs you’ll see in the photos were fun puns but, all had their own meaning.  We tried taking the metro but, it was completely packed at 0930.  We ended up walking and caught a bus that was not as crowded but still, standing room only!  The sidewalks were packed and when we got off at the Library of Congress, the roads were also filled with people walking down to the start point of Independence and 3rd.  We marched along, took photos, and by the time we go near the Native American Museum, it was packed.

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Some of the signs you’ll see in the photos were fun puns but, all had their own meaning.  We tried taking the metro but, it was completely packed at 0930.  We ended up walking and caught a bus that was not as crowded but still, standing room only!  The sidewalks were packed and when we got off at the Library of Congress, the roads were also filled with people walking down to the start point of Independence and 3rd.  We marched along, took photos, and by the time we go near the Native American Museum, it was packed.20170121_10403220170121_10403620170121_10473220170121_10473520170121_104754-2

I didn’t take shots of when we walked through the mall where it was shoulder to shoulder and our movement was akin to that of a turtles!  Having a short stature, I didn’t see much other than signs and shoulders.20170121_10500820170121_105318

People marched for their own reasons, mine in particular is because I believe Women’s Rights are Human Rights.

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We stayed for hours, walking shoulder to shoulder along the mall, into the crowd.  When we decided to leave, it still took an hour to get through the people lined up on the mall.  There were still crowds of people all the way up to and past Gallery Place Metro station.  We were so hungry having been there without food or water since 0930 that we took the metro up to U Street around 1300.  The trains passing us on their way to Gallery Place were packed!  Almost no one was on our train headed out of the Mall area.

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It was quite the experience and I’m sure will go down in history.  This is a marathon and not a sprint. I hope that the momentum continues with the goal of making this country more equal and fair.

Okay, time to garden!