Treasure Hunting

We have always enjoyed geocaching, so we decided to spend the afternoon treasure hunting. Finding the first one was an adventure in itself because both of the boys had a GPS and they were leading us all over the place. It took them a little while to figure out which way to go, but before too long they led us to our first location near the old schoolhouse. The kids dug through the tube and found treasures to trade with things they had brought from home.

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As we were approaching our second location, we saw what looked like a small school group. As we got closer, though, we saw that it was a couple of families out enjoying the day together. They were geocaching as well and it just so happened that we were all looking for the same treasure. They had been looking for a little while and were not having any luck finding it. William ended up spotting it in a hole in a tree. So again, all the kids traded treasures and we were once again on our way.

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We are right in the middle of a state park and there are hundreds of geocaches here, but we only found the two today. Over the course of our stay we should be able to find many more. We like to go for walks and geocaches are a good way to add a little extra fun along the way.

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One Year Later…

One year ago today we took a drive from Hartford, Tennessee to Knoxville. We left earlier in the day than we needed to, but we were a little excited. It had been a year since we had lost our beloved Bailey B. and we were ready for a new canine companion. It just so happened that Charlie B. was in the market for a new family.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, this wild-haired, energetic tasmanian devil was just what our family needed. In a way it does not feel as though we have had him for a year already, but at the same time it feels as if we have had him forever. He is such a fun dog to have around, and I sure am glad he is a part of our family.

When we picked him up we were told that he was right at a year old, so we decided to make his adoption day his birthday. Soooo, Happy 2nd Birthday, Charbie! Here’s to many, many more…

 

Parked in Pennsylvania

We had considered visiting the Arlington National Cemetery before leaving the D.C. area on Friday, but we had to have Waldo checked out of his spot by noon so it would have been a very quick visit. As much as we wanted to go, we decided to save it for another trip. That is not a place we would have wanted to rush through, so if we weren’t able to spend the day, then we would return when we could.

When we left Greenbelt, Maryland, we were about 120 miles from our destination in Pennsylvania. I had thought it would only take us a couple of hours, but we took all the back roads in order to avoid the tolls and it took us about five hours. It was a beautiful drive. There were a few scary spots, though, like the narrow bridge that was up against a cement wall, and the drive through the streets of downtown Baltimore, and a couple different occasions where apparently Waldo was invisible to other vehicles. Rob is such a pro, though, even in heavy traffic.

We arrived safe and sound on Friday afternoon.

Rob’s job with the NPS was to begin on Monday, so we had a couple of days to get ourselves settled into our spot and get Waldo hooked up and leveled. Everything went smoothly and we are ready to go for the summer. Rob’s job here will last for six months, so we will not be moving again until this fall.

If you peek over at our state map you might notice that we were able to add Maryland and Delaware, so if you heard any squealing last week, it was just me as we crossed the state lines. :)

Washington D.C. – Day Three

There are 19 museums in the Smithsonian complex, and with only one day left we were forced to choose just one, so day three found us down at the Air and Space Museum.

There is no way anyone can get through the entire museum in one day, but we gave it our best shot. Basically Rob and I spent the day following the kids around as they ran from exhibit to exhibit, touching everything in their path. There were so many hands-on experiments to keep them busy. There was so much to read about, too, there just wasn’t enough time to do it all.

By late afternoon we were all ready to leave. It had been an informative day, but we were ready for some fresh air and sunshine. We walked over to the U.S. Capitol building and then continued on down the road to Chinatown. It wasn’t as big as we were expecting, but it is not every day you get to see the McDonald’s sign in chinese.

We found ourselves drawn to a window where a man was making noodles by hand. As we stood there watching, people kept walking into the little restaurant. We decided to follow them and enjoyed a nice dinner of fresh homemade noodles.

Even after an entire day of walking, the kids still managed to skip all the way back to the car. Where they get all the energy, I will never know. We made it back to our parking garage just before sunset and drove back to Waldo for our last night in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Our time in D.C. went by so fast, as always seems to happen, and the cherry trees never did bloom, but we had such a wonderful time exploring our Nation’s Capital. Rob has even mentioned the possibility of visiting again for the 4th of July. What a spectacular show that would be…

 

Washington D.C. – Day Two

There are so many things to see and do in Washington D.C., but we all agreed that visiting the National Zoo was a must. We weren’t sure what to expect, but I can safely say that we were all pleasantly surprised. Rob and I had no idea just how big it was, and the variety of animals was incredible.

We went to see the pandas first, hoping to catch a glimpse of baby Bao Bao. She was sleeping in the window while her mama, Mei Xiang, munched on bamboo. She was hard to see, and with the reflection of the glass was even harder to get pictures of, but she moved just often enough to make her presence known.

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We had such a wonderful day laughing at the tigers as they hissed at ducks in their pond, listening to the lion roar at anyone who would listen, watching the orangutans cross from exhibit to exhibit using their O-line, admiring a handsome male peacock strut his stuff in front of an attractive female (who didn’t seem care one way or another) and being absolutely amazed at just how much noise a stand of flamingos can make.

The animals all had such beautiful habitats and it was very apparent that a lot of time and effort went into making sure they were happy.

For the second day in a row, we had absolutely beautiful weather. The crowds were minimal again, making for an enjoyable day wandering around the park. We spent the entire day there, leaving only as the zoo was closing for the night. As we were walking back to the parking garage, the kids kept asking us what our favorite animal was, but it was really hard to pick just one. They were all so amazing in their own ways.

If there weren’t so many things yet to see in D.C., I would have voted for revisiting the zoo on day three. And I have decided that I would like an elephant for my birthday…