Archive for October, 2013

Picha Farms pumpkin patch
/ October 26, 2013 11:54 am

Picha Farms pumpkin patch

One of our family traditions is visiting the Picha Farms pumpkin patch to help support Russ, Dan and the family each October. We didn’t have time for their amazing corn maze this year, but there is always time to fire a few gourds with their slingshots. Michelle and McKenzie even took a hay ride. We bought a couple monster-sized pumpkins [&hellip

A lesson in Civil Disobedience
/ October 12, 2013 12:22 pm

A lesson in Civil Disobedience

Our 2013 US History tour took an “interesting” turn when the government effectively shut down the Federal Parks  system and the associated monuments and museums on the day we left, only to postpone the affects and reopen everything a few days after we got back. What that meant to us was that we had crossed the country to give Mitchell [&hellip

Williamsburg
/ October 11, 2013 4:47 pm

Williamsburg

Our trip to Colonial Williamsburg seemed almost like a metropolitan version of our visit to Charles Towne Landing less than a week earlier. Williamsburg preserves all the elements of a thriving town center and the capital of the Virginia colony, from large structures like the governor’s palace and the Bruton Parish Church, to the small towne shops and operating blacksmith [&hellip

Baltimore harbor
/ October 10, 2013 6:32 pm

Baltimore harbor

As a bonus side trip to our visit to the National Aquarium, the rain had stopped and we had a chance to explore  the waterfront offerings in the Baltimore National Heritage Area. What caught our eye as we pulled into the area was the US Sloop of War Constellation with its tall masts and rigging. I recalled how Mitchell had learned [&hellip

National Aquarium in Baltimore
/ October 10, 2013 4:34 pm

National Aquarium in Baltimore

We got bit by the rain once again on our visit to Baltimore Harbor. The weather was fowl enough to keep us from attempting to even see Fort McHenry from a distance (being closed by the govt. shutdown) and once again the camera — Mitchell’s being the only one functioning — was fowled by the moisture. The dash from the [&hellip

Monticello
/ October 9, 2013 5:19 pm

Monticello

After descending under the Shenandoah mountain range in the Luray Caverns, we trekked east to Thomas Jefferson’s “little mountain” Monticello. Much of the house we know as Monticello was the result of great remodeling and expansion inspired by trips to Europe. Inside the main house (where photography is forbidden) we saw Jefferson’s wall clock that doubles as a calendar. Because [&hellip

Luray Caverns and rope course
/ October 9, 2013 2:30 pm

Luray Caverns and rope course

After driving past the Manassas battlefields (closed for govt. shutdown) we made our way along the scenic drive along the Shenandoah mountain range until we found the spectacular Luray Caverns. With stalagmite and stalactite formations (Know which are which? We do!) that grow at a rate of one inch every 120 years the massive cavern represents millennia of slow growth [&hellip

Mount Vernon
/ October 8, 2013 11:04 am

Mount Vernon

After our unexpected soaking on the first day in Washington DC, we dressed in dry clothes and swung south on the beltway past the Masonic Lodge in Alexandria where George Washington was a member toward his colonial estate Mount Vernon. Mitchell took part in two Boy Scout programs there and earned both the Mount Vernon Historic Trails and the George [&hellip

Masonic Lodge in Alexandria
/ October 8, 2013 8:42 am

Masonic Lodge in Alexandria

On our way to George Washington’s Mount Vernon home, we made a swing through Alexandria to see the Masonic Lodge where our first president and many other notable colonists were members. (make sure to click a thumbnail to see the full picture, then you can use the arrow keys to scroll through)

Arlington Cemetery
/ October 7, 2013 10:01 am

Arlington Cemetery

About lunchtime of our first day in Washington DC, we headed out to Arlington Cemetery to see the Eternal Flame and to watch the Sentinels of the Third United States Infantry Regiment “Old Guard” perform the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, as they do every half hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. [&hellip