I must confess that I wasn't interested in attending the inaugurations in 2009 and 2013, but I really wanted to take the opportunity this year. Kent wasn't convinced he wanted to go because of crowds and traffic, but I talked him into it. I pointed out it was a once in a lifetime chance, and we'd only be four years older for the next inauguration. Besides that,the weather forecast was for relatively mild temperatures, which is unusual in January.
The federal employees in DC had the day off to help alleviate traffic, so we were able to sleep in and started driving to DC around 9am. Traffic was the lightest I've seen it in months, so that was a good sign. We drove to Arlington Cemetery in about 45 minutes and found the parking lot there virtually empty. We parked and took the metro to the stop by the Capitol.
We'd been given tickets to the inauguration by a friend in another ward and they were reasonably good tickets. Everything was very well organized and the crowds weren't as hideous as we thought they'd be.
We knew where to go because as soon as we got off the train there were active duty military people directing everyone to the correct exit. Once we got up to street level there were signs and more police and TSA officers available to give directions and answer questions.
By 10:30am we were in our places in front of the Capitol and talking to the people around us. One couple we talked to had come from California and we met a mother and daughter from Wisconsin. It's always nice to attend Republican events so we don't feel like we're the only people in America who don't agree with the mainstream media!