After making the commitment to going to the inauguration later this month, Robin and I have decided to cancel our plans. This wasn't easy - believe me, it wasn't easy. We'd booked our flights (mostly on miles, which will thankfully refund to my account), had plans to stay with my in-laws near DC, and even had a pretty good lead on tickets to the standing room area for the swearing in.
So what changed? Well, most importantly were the growing chorus of concerns about logistics on inauguration day. With a six year-old and an eight year-old in tow (the three year-old was going to stay with the in-laws for the day), the prospects of making them walk 5+ miles in potentially freezing weather weren't exciting to us (not to mention hours without access to a bathroom). The last thing I wanted to happen as a result of this trip was for them to have horrible memories from the inauguration. And the more we played out these scenarios, the more we saw lots of potential for a disastrous day.
We're disappointed - to say the least. But this feels like the right decision. And there's always the second term. ;)