Things turned around as we approached the Visitor's Center and were informed that we would need to show our ID, and if our ID was issued by one of a number of states (including the ladyfriend's home state of Missouri), we'd need a second ID—intrigue! Turns out as of October, federal military sites are enforcing 2005's REAL ID Act. This act required state identification cards to incorporate certain security features, and not all states have got their IDs up to par. That got me thinking about state's rights, federalism, and how we're still fighting over it all. Sure, no one is about to secede so they can keep slavery at the center of their economies, but we're regularly battling over whether the federal government can tell states they have to use some of their cash to insure their residents, how states will educate their citizens, and who is going to pay whom to graze on federal lands. This was a quick moment at the front gate, but it was a good reminder that we're treading in these debates all the time. Nothing gets my blood hotter than a little historical context: mood rising!