Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

With the group safely in DC, Sunday was primarily a free day to spend getting to know our nation's capitol, a city of about 600,000 citizens. A group attended mass in the morning at the largest basilica in the western hemisphere.

Three members conducted their small group visit early, having lunch with a Humane Society of the US farm animal department director. All agreed it was time well spent finding much common ground. Josh (the HSUS person) declared the three SDARL people "all stars" and appreciated their comments and opinions.

Others toured many of the 18 Smithsonians, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington Cemetary, Newseum, or walked the mall, viewed the White House, etc. An evening tour showed them all the major monuments.

The weather was sunny and topped out around 55. We sympathized (truly) with our families back home who were battling snow and wind.

A fun evening at a Mexican restaurant completed a great day.

Monday will find us up and out of the hotel by 6:00 a.m. on route to catch an Amtrak train to Wilmington, Deleware, where the group has been given a very special opportunity of touring the world headquarters of DuPont, along with their ag experiment station and research facility.

Monday's report and pictures to be posted late Monday night.