Despite having to get up well before the ass-crack of dawn, today was one of the better traveling experiences I've had recently. Next to no traffic anywhere on the way from home to airport, some lovely and interesting scenery to look at along the way (including a spectacular fog bank on a lonely country road before dawn, and a lovely line of clouds along the eastern horizon before the sun actually came up), the plane had something like 50 empty seats (meaning I got a row all to myself, and moved myself from aisle to window), left early, arrived early, a quick taxi ride from National to the hotel, which is just a stone's throw from the White House and the National Mall. Quick check-in, unpacked, checked in for the conference, then back up to my room to change into shorts and outdoor gear, followed by a quick schlep down to the Mall and a nice walk to the National Archives--where, I'm happy to say, the Constitution is still safely preserved (and my new camera does a much better job of photographing it)!
A lovely reception after the final "pre-conference" conference session tonight, but I'm still feeling a bit peckish. Thinking about heading down to the hotel bar for a nosh and an adult beverage or three. Tomorrow will be a full day, though I don't have anything scheduled for the last session--and I do have a night tour scheduled for 6:30, starting at the Willard Hotel, so maybe I'll drop by the Old Ebbitt Grill for dinner beforehand. Sure hope I get some equally good pictures tomorrow night!