The night air is warm. For the little time I remain here in this beautiful city, its warmth will remind me of all the good friends I have just bid goodbye. Perhaps the feeling will fade as I re-acclimate to Northwest temperatures in a few hours. I met many students who came last year but I get the feeling this year was something more...the fellowship was sweeter, the company brighter--indeed, there is a desperate determination not to lose contact with each other. It has been a stunning trip. I'll always cherish my first memory of Washington. There are so many stories to tell, so many moments to remember, so many friends to retain.
The time has blurred together for now. Three nights spent at the Leadership Institute with the same crowd and many midnight excursions on the Metro through the darkened city is enough to make one lose all sense of time. Perhaps the despicable lack of sleep has something to do with it as well but I’m no expert so don’t quote me.
Later this morning, Mom's cousin Chris will pick up Joshua and I here at the Holiday Inn on 6th... We'll be attending church with him outside the city, rushing back, grabbing a quick lunch and doing some normal touring before he drops us at the airport for the flight home.
Touring? Yeah, you'd think with all the free time we had, we would have found the time to wander more of the main attractions. Alas, we were so busy with other once-in-a-lifetime activities that we didn't get it all done. However, I can claim the honor of being one of a small number of people to go to the top of the Washington Monument at night
...that's one story. And how about touring the Capitol with a press-pass--that's another story. How about meeting hearing/meeting the likes of Phyllis Schlafly, Mike Adams and Michelle Malkin? Indeed the spoils seem to pile up don't they?
Thankfully, the pictures are abundant we were able to use Joshua's nicer camera. I hope to have some of those up soon--I have a card reader but I don't know if we will post them before we go to bed.