Archive | November, 2015

Day 6. Washington DC. 113 miles.

The day was gray, like so many of our days on this trip it started out gray. I love the weather, the fog, the mist in the air. It looks a little dark and dreary in the photos sometimes, but it really wasn’t bad. After seeing all we could see in Gettysburg the day before, we decided to use our last day to explore Washington DC. We headed south. I love driving through the countryside.
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Pumpkin patch. There was a corn maze I would’ve loved to stop at…but it was rather wet at that point. Muddy corn maze.
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Houses driving into DC.
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We stopped at the LDS temple super quick.
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And made sure we saw the White House.
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And the Air & Space museum.
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Then we walked the Mall. And walked. And walked. I really regret not renting bikes. Bikes would’ve been fun. And way easier than walking.
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The World War II monument.
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One gold star for ever 100 Americans who died or are missing from WWII.
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The Korean Memorial
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The Vietnam and the Washington Memorial. After we got home, I realized we didn’t go to the Iwo Jima, which is sad, but it was farther away and we would’ve had to drive there, so that’s how we forgot.
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Cell phone shot inside the Natural History museum. Again, make history fun!!
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Shall I take the children?!? Of course! It was great! It was wonderful to be able to spend the time with just these two and do special things we don’t normally get to do.
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Day 5. Gettysburg. 32 Miles

We stayed at the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg. I actually was hoping to get a cute bed & breakfast, but by the time I got around to booking, they were either full or didn’t allow children. What?!?! So, anyway, we got the 1863 Inn, which turned out to be fantastic! Great location in the heart of Gettysburg, and right next to the Jenny Wade house, and once again phenomenal breakfast. I tell you, I must be hungry every time I blog… or good food really helps make you trip great. And I really like those double spinning waffle-makers. Get this – the 1863 Inn actually had a donut maker. A DONUT MAKER. My kids were in heaven. Gettysburg Inn

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Like any good tourist, we started on the auto tour route.
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The kids most enjoyed the areas related to Pickett’s Charge, which is seen here. We are looking across the field that Pickett’s men charged across.
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Devil’s Den was another highlight. I think it is with any kid that visits Gettysburg. It’s a great place to get out, let some energy out, scramble on some rocks and have a little fun.
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Gettysburg is a somber, yet beautiful place, a place of history, a place of reverence and respect, and it’s also a real place where real people lived who had hopes and dreams just like the rest of us.
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Pickett’s Charge again from the other side of the field. The kids had so much fun reenacting this event. History is cool, but if it’s not fun, kids aren’t going to want to learn it.
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One of the largest trees in the cemetery. A witness tree.
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Our final activity – after a grand dinner at General Pickett’s Buffet – was a guided ghost walk down Baltimore Street. Our guide told us some crazy stories and it was super fun!
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