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North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington August 15th 2013

We're home, safe and sound, our grand adventure coming to an end. The house is still standing, the pets all still alive and the grass in dire need of a mowing. We're all conflicted about being here - not wanting the vacation of our lives (so far!) to come to an end, but all feeling the tugs of home calling. As Todd and I reflect on our last 28 days, we conclude the following: We did it. We lived with our kids in a confined space 24/7 for 28 days, and loved it. We were delighted by the impeachable weather we enjoyed - not having to modify plans once. In fact, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of rainbows we encountered in our travels (last count being 4 or 5). We accomplished Todd's ambitious itinerary, ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington July 18th 2013

Well, t-minus 34 hours (roughly) and counting. Todd is in full vacation mode, having finished his last day of work today. Marcia is scrambling to get as much work done in the next 34 hours as humanly possible so as to not be bogged down with getting a start-up off the ground while on this monumental vacation! The kids are squeezing every last minute of video game and TV time as they can and asking how big the stuffed animals they want to bring can be. A sprint to the finish line, to be sure. Todd posted our route (see map picture) on a wall map for the kids to see. Over 7,000 miles in 28 days. Yikes. Two huge loops traversing almost coast to coast. Feeling excited and trepidatious all at the same time. But ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington July 18th 2013

Well, 10:15 pm but we managed to get just about everything in the minivan, thanks in part to a bigger car top carrier. Nothing like packing for a trip at night. Won't be much leg room for anyone but the driver, but what's three days of sitting criss-cross applesauce, right? We'll stretch our legs at night and again in the RV! In addition to camping chairs, 8 duffle bags, 5 walking sticks, 2 electronics bags, 4 sleeping bags, 6 pillows and other creature-comforts, we even managed to squeeze in Todd's guitar. Can't have a campfire without live music, right? May have to ship the souvenirs back, of course. A big shout out to Chloe & Faith for helping us get everything packed and loaded. Could not have done it without you guys. Will post pictures of ... read more
Packing at night

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington July 17th 2013

A big thanks to Grandma Baldwin for sending a box of fun for our trip! Sweets and activities for the road will definitely help us pass the time.... read more
Maggie & Mad Libs
Sean and Atlas

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington July 11th 2013

Well, we're 8 days away from departure, and haven't packed or even started a list yet! Yikes! But the excitement is palpable, and we can't wait to hit the road and begin our grand adventure.... read more

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North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington April 11th 2013

April 11th. another beautiful day in Virginia, if you like 90 degree's and sunshine. stayed at my great Aunt and Uncles last night on my step dad's side. Bill made his famous mac and cheese, a family recipe. i learned all about history in the family about how his grandmother was a hotel owner and used this recipe to serve to guests. thank you Bill and Rosemay for the stay. a lovely home here in arlington. I like the old door handles, the bathroom knobs to the toilets and things like this. all metal. Arlington where they live looks a little bit like White Plains New York. of course bill showed me his records. he has an amazing set up which is is always willing to show. the amplifier is a tube set up hand-made from ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington June 9th 2012

It's been a week since Dad and I flew home, and unfortunately it's back to reality, which means the insanity of catching up on 3 weeks of missed work. Looking back though, it was completely worth it. Dad and I rode a lot of miles and saw a lot of great things, and overall we both had a fantastic time together. I know having spoken to Dad this week, he's been telling everyone he meets about the trip and Mom has mentioned that his face lights up every time he talks about it. For me it's been the same. I came home to a collage of photos on my office window that a friend of mine at work has been posting for everyone to see, and everyone has stopped by asking me about the trip. It's ... read more
The last leg of the journey
Leaving Salt Lake City
The airport

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington May 21st 2012

With yet another day of severe jet lag and suffering from the time difference, I spent the day at Arlington National Cemetary. What an amazing experience! I was to touched, honored and inspired by this hallowed ground. Speechless from the stretches of white tombstones, I think every American should visit this place. I took the easy way out and opted to purchase a ticket for the tram. With very sore feet from the day before, I was grateful for the tram ride. The first stop was JFK's gravesite, on the bottom of the hillside below Arlington House and marked by the Eternal Flame that Jackie and RFK lit at Kennedy's funeral. It was a solemn, peaceful, and reflective place. So much lost. I immediately thought of my dad and all my years of him remembering the ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington March 14th 2011

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North America » United States » Virginia » Arlington March 8th 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Today is my first day in Washington DC. The capitol of the US, it’s an area I have visited many times over the years. For this trip, I decided to focus on things I have not seen in a long time. The first of these was Arlington National Cemetery. For a military cemetery, it receives a large number of visitors. Arlington is America’s Valhalla, a place to pay respect to heroes. The cemetery came into existence partly due to convenience. The land was originally the estate of George Parke Custis, the half-grandson of George Washington. His daughter married a then cornel in t... read more
Arlington House
View from Arlington House
John Kennedy's gravesite




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