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August 01, 2018

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Fun, crazy, intense, fascinating, eye-opening, surprising, intriguing, exhausting, hate the Metro, love the history. Ever since I sank into my First Class seat at DCA, finally ready to head home, I’ve been trying to organize my thoughts on experiencing Washington, DC. I’ve decided it’s pretty much impossible and those thoughts will probably always remain, like that first sentence, a somewhat incoherent, colorful mess in my head.

Here goes on an attempt to give you a glimpse. The first four days with the DC Project were run-and-gun, no pun intended. Our days began around 5 a.m. and didn’t wind down until 10 p.m. or later. We shuttled between congressional office buildings…Russell, Dirksen, Hart, Rayburn, Longworth and Cannon. In one of those buildings, I discovered the world’s best mac and cheese.

After the DC Project ended I had four days to explore on my own. I saw the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I can’t describe the experience of actually gazing on the documents that protect and guarantee my own personal freedom. Besides all the history, touring the Capitol, seeing the sights, the absolute best thing to come from my trip are the connections to so many accomplished women supporting our Second Amendment. I didn’t get to meet everyone, but am thrilled with the friendships begun that week.

One final thing…before the trip, our local ABC affiliate in Sioux Falls, KSFY, interviewed me about the DC Project and upcoming trip. While in DC, just before our rally at the end of the week, Gray TV, KSFY’s owner, took the time to interview me again. I never dreamed of standing in front of the Supreme Court building for a TV interview in support of the Second Amendment. If that is possible, then a lot more is, as well, by every day, regular Americans choosing to act.