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Local 4's Carmen Harlan was in Washington DC for President Obama's second inauguration. Here, Carmen is sharing thoughts, photographs and stories throughout her journey to the nation's capital.

Monday-- 6:30 a.m.

Good morning!!!

We are at metro airport getting ready to board our flight to Washington DC.  I am with photojournalist Cesar Gonzalez and executive producer Ro Coppola anxiously waiting to get to the party.  Four years ago it was such a historic event the excitement was off the charts.  This time around it is still historic but there is a sense of calmness and a seriousness about what will be accomplished in the next 4 years. We are hoping to catch up with all the metro Detroiters in DC.  Talk to you when we land!!!!!

Read: Metro Detroiters get rare opportunity to witness the presidential inauguration

Monday -- 8:04 a.m.

We have landed in DC!!!  You can tell it is a holiday - it is a bit quieter in the airport than usual.  We've already run into Detroiters headed to the inauguration.  Ann Perry is from Pleasant Ridge and she flew in with us this morning.   Her niece Megan works at the Capitol and is getting her access to all the festivities.  A concert starts at 9:30 this morning.  We are headed to the metro towards the Capitol!!!

Here we go!

Monday -- 9:45 a.m.

Ro-and-Carmen-at-airport

Riding the Metro from the airport was seamless compared to four years ago.  Then we were sandwiched in like sardines!

Plenty of elbow room below and above ground!

Lots of people but no where near the crowds four years ago!!!!

Inauguration Day 2013 ... here at last!

Monday 10:26 a.m.

We are working our way through the streets of DC trying to catch up with Cass tech kids.

Security is very tight and most roads are closed.

We are waiting for a K-9 unit to come sniff our camera.

Cesar Gonzalez isn't allowed through until the dog gives his okay. 

People are in good moods despite all the walking and waiting.  Hopefully we will find our Detroiters soon!

Monday 11:11 a.m.

Well we haven't found the Cass Tech kids yet, but we did run into President Obama and the motorcade.

People all along Pennsylvania Ave waved and cheered as the motorcade whipped by.