LAX is massive! It really could be its own city. There were tons of people with places to go and people to see. What an experience. Security lines were long but definitely manageable for our group of 16.
As we boarded the plane I was not sure what to expect as I had never flown before. I asked my friends what it felt like to take off and some described it as a roller coaster (I agree). We encountered some turbulence but thankfully it was minimal. When the United Airlines crew found out it was my first flight they gave me a set of wings!
It was nice to touch down after five hours in the air. We arrived in DC late this evening to the last rays of sunshine and some humidity (we are not in Carpinteria anymore).
Soon after departing the plane we collected our bags and made our way to shuttles where we hopped in and left for the city (Dulles Airport is located 25 minutes west of DC). What a site to actually see the Washington and Jefferson Memorials lit up as we drove in (I am looking forward to our monument tour tomorrow).
After checking in to the hotel and eating dinner at a delicious pizza eatery around the corner, it is time for bed. We are all exhausted (most of us have been up since 3am) and it has been a long day.