Sunday, July 17, 2011
When I was 19 I traveled Back East with my family and had a wonderful experience. Steve and I have dreamed of taking our 5 children on a similar vacation. We cashed in 5 years of frequent flyer miles and finally took every one Back East for the 4th of July.
Our first stop was the Colonial Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown Triangle. The kids and I had spent time studying early American history this year and so this was a great way to start our vacation!
One of the things we wanted to do most was spend the 4th of July in DC. We spent the day at the Smithsonian and saw the original Star Spangled Banner Flag. We saw the National 4th of July Parade and the real Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We rode the metro in and and stayed for the Fireworks at the Washington Monument. Very memorable!
Spent a half-day at Valley Forge where the American revolutionary army spent the winter of 1776 training to become a more organized and disceplined army under the direction and training of German General Von Steuben. Saw Washington's headquarters, very cramped, and the log cabins the men stayed in during the winter, also very cramped.Janey and Ellie also found crayfish in a cabin that had pools of water