Sunday, July 17, 2011

Issue 163 & 164


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!

Mount Vernon

George Washington's Mt. Vernon home was a special highlight of the trip.

Fun in DC

The monuments, the Smithsonian, and the Whitehouse were amazing highlights too.


Arlington and The Tomb of the Unknown were especially thought provoking.

4th of July in DC

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!


Gettysburg is one place that Steve has always wanted to visit. He loves to read about this time period in history, and Joshua Chamberlain is one of his heros. We spend the full day touring the battlefield in chronological order with a car audio tour. Very awesome!

Vally Forge

A Day in Philly

We topped off our trip with a day in Philadelphia at the US Mint, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and eating Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. We are so grateful we were able to take this amazing trip together as a family!