Sunday, September 14, 2008

Time travel

We just got back from our vacation. We not only wanted to travel but we apparently wanted to time travel.

Our first stop was Gettysburg (which is about 3.5 hours from Dubois). We got a guided tour and it was great. The guide drove our car through the park telling us about the battle. He was very passionate and between his excitement and our questions, our 2 hour tour turned into 4.

This is the Pennsylvania monument at Gettysburg, it's pretty impressive, if you look, I'm at the upper left hand corner waving.

We drove from Gettysburg to Lancaster to see a musical at Sights and Sounds theatre which was pretty impressive.

From there we drove to Philadelphia and stopped at Valley Forge just outside the city. Megan was checking out the troops cabin. It's about the size of her bedroom. It was made for 6-10 people to live in, must have smelled great.

Below is Freedom Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed.

Did I mention my parents went with us? We make a pretty good traveling team. We tend to like the same types of things and it is nice to be able to spend a week together since we don't get to see each other that often. Megan also enjoyed being with her grandparents.

This is the Constitution Museum. It was probably one of my favorite stops. I definitely could have spent more time here.

Of course, we had to see the liberty bell which apparently was almost sold for scrap metal in the 1830s (but no one would buy it) and only became a national symbol when it was adopted by abolitionists as a symbol of their cause.

The famous "Philly" cheesesteak wasn't all that great. We asked a local and he advised against the "cheez whiz" version and we have since realized that we should have ignored him.

George Washington's pew at Christ Church.

Megan's favorite part was this carousel ride. She kept walking back towards it and doing the sign language for "more."

After Philly, we drove to Williamsburg. This is Megan in colonial handcuffs.

Grandpa got Megan a hat.

After two days at Williamsburg, we spent half a day at Jamestown (where I neglected to take pictures) and ended up at Virginia Beach. Dad, a sworn beach hater, did enjoy the fact that our fall vacation meant he beach was empty for kite flying.

Megan liked the sand.

But she wasn't as sure of the water.


J.B. said...

Geez. You look fabulous. :)

Shelley said...

Looks like you had a great time!