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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

North America » United States » Virginia July 8th 2013

Friday, July 5th--Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Chantilly, VA. The groom's parents invited all of their side of the family to brunch at Eggspectation a local restaurant. Neither Valerie nor I, were impressed with what we ordered. Since it was our first time there, we may have just not ordered well as others raved about their meal. Relaxed and visited some more until it was time to get fancied up for the 5:00 wedding to be held there at the hotel. We thought that the venue was a little unusual, but the bride had a lot of out of town guests so the hotel was a good choice from the standpoint of not having to transport guests from the airport to church and then to a reception. The hotel is apparently booked for weddings all ... read more
1307-63 Breakfast is served-A (grandparents Donn and Pauline)
1307-64 Breakfast is served-B (cousins, aunts, and uncles' table)
1307-65 Breakfast is served-Detail

North America » United States » Virginia » Dulles July 4th 2013

STEVEN F. UDVAR-HAZY AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM--Thursday, July 4, 2013 Happy Independence Day! Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Chantilly, VA Our original plan was to go to the Mall where the SmithsonianMuseum was having an international festival and then st... read more
1307-22 Entryway mural illustrating the history of flight in the US
1307-23 Pitts Special S-1C Little Stinker overhead in entryway--1949 and '50 International Feminine Aerobatic Championships
1307-24 Cold War Aviation on the right at the entrance

July 4, 2013 Since we didn’t get to Washington’s Grist Mill and Distillery yesterday we decided to do it first thing this morning. We were there by 9:45. Numerous other people were there too who were purchasing their Washington Whisky from the distillery. They had papers which had numbers on them from lottery drawing and they were called in by small groups to purchase their whiskey. I asked how much it was and the bottles started at $150.00. The lady in the shop said we could probably get one too since they might have some left but we didn’t take her up on it (I’m loyal to my Makers Mark). It must be good stuff though! We took the tour (didn’t have to pay because it was included in our ticket yesterday at Mt. Vernon, we ... read more
Grist Mill
Grist Mill
Grist Mill

July 3, 2013 Today after going to Union Station to deliver Robert’s Aunt to the bus we went to Mount Vernon. This site has a lot to see and we really should have stayed longer but it was getting close to the closing time so we didn’t see the museum and visitor center. We did schedule a boat tour which was nice and then we toured the mansion and the grounds. We also saw Washington’s tomb and the beautiful gardens. There are many other buildings on the grounds which show how life was when George Washington was alive. We should have brought in our water….2.75 per bottle! There were people in each room of the mansion who told a little bit about each section of the house. The house was completely restored and it’s done beautifully ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia July 3rd 2013

Home to Anderson, SC--Sunday, June 30, 2013 Heading north this morning to attend our cousin's wedding in the Washington, DC area. It is the first wedding of the next generation of cousins on our Mother’s side. There are only 4 (all boys)! Almost ready to go, as Rosie II is packed and we now just have the last minute stuff like water plants, adjust temp., etc. to do. After the wedding, we think we will head north into Quebec, Canada. Expect to be home by the 1st week in Aug. Our starting mileage is 38361 at about 11:30 am and the temper... read more
1307-02 Flooding everywhere
1307-03 Tobacco Fields 'neath ominous skies
1307-04 Clarkesville, VA--on the east side

North America » United States » Virginia » Gainesville June 25th 2013

We are so excited to be heading to New England in the new RV Friday. Lulu and Daisy are coming with us as we explore for 2 weeks. We will start with a week on Cape Cod then head up to Acadia for 5 days and finally cut back to the south through the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. Dylin is most excited about eating fresh clam chowder, fresh lobster and lobster rolls and we are excited to feel the ocean breeze and hike the beauty of Acadia!... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Lynchburg June 18th 2013

i spotted a werewolf. i spotted a werewolf. it was just dusk on a dreary evening and the air was dead still but sticky from the days heat and afternoon shower. i was walking East towards home on a sidewalk id traveled many a times. it was a bumpy section of concrete pathway, the kind you get when century old oak trees heave their roots upward. there was a dilapidated rock-wall on my left that lead to an overgrown yard with knee high grass and shrubs hiding the windows of the moldy white house. there was a dim light on in the upstairs window and a shadow passed. i thought it odd because id never seen a car in the driveway or any signs of someone living there but i turned my gaze back in front ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Lynchburg June 18th 2013

Continuing our journey up the Blue Ridge Parkway - we've been driving North about 40 miles a day and hiking/camping along the way. We're in Lynchburg VA at the moment...not sure how the town got its name but im watching my neck. Rainy morning and it looks like it will continue to be a rainy day. Our hope was to explore and hike another section today but its 11am and we're hanging out in the screen house (*with rain proof walls). No immediate rush to move on, i think this will turn into a driving day which means we're getting even closer to home which means the trip is even closer to coming to an end, boohoo. the last few days we did some good hikes with great weather. One was a 11 mile trek that ... read more
Happy Chopping
Something about staring at a fire...
Home style treat

WARNING FOR THE AREA: Tornados, Thunderstorms, flash flooding This broadcast to us on the 8 am news this morning. I really, really don't want to get wet ... we opted to stay here for the day after speaking with hotel staff who listen to these warnings. We love city transit, what a great way to see any town we are visiting, as well as the diversity of locals riding along with us. Charlottesville, we learned, is a small town of 53,000, half of which is comprised of University of Virginia students. The university is definitely the of the town, conceived and designed by Thomas Jefferson. The campus buildings stand tall and proud in red brick, with large white columns flanking most of the buildings' entrances. Lush greenery amid narrow roads, through which the university's own transit ... read more
Skies over Charlottesville
Skies over Charlottesville
Safe to swim?

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