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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Where Have I Been?

Hi Everyone,

I guess a better question could be, "Where have I NOT been?"  Or at least it seems that way to me.  My parents came for a visit at the beginning of June, and we did a bit of sight-seeing.  We drove up to Arlington, VA one day to visit Mount Vernon.  I had been there before, but neither my parents nor my husband had visited.

The mansion was very interesting to visit--I barely remember the first time I was there, it was the summer before high school.  I did remember seeing the key to the Bastille, though, and we saw it again.  Such a fascinating historical object.  My favorite area, though, was in one of the outbuildings.

I loved the spinning room.  There was a loom set up, as well.  I have been wanting one of these large "walking" type spinning wheels for ages.  Not to spin, mind you, just for looks.  I have done a tiny bit of spinning.  Back quite a few years ago, I volunteered as a costumed docent at Old Fort Bliss, Texas.  Once a week, large groups of the area's fifth graders would come through and learn about life in the 1850s on the "frontier."  It was great fun.

Back to our outing, though.  We finished seeing Mount Vernon and had a late lunch.  Since we had lots of day left, we drove a short ways to Arlington National Cemetery.  We all had been there before, but it is still such a moving place.

These are the Kennedy graves

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The views of the "District" were awesome and though we were tempted to go over there, it was getting too late.

The next day we stayed local and got up early to meet up with a group of birders.  None of us keeps a life list or are by any means big into birding, but we all do feed them, enjoy seeing them, and in my parents' case--photograph them.  My mom has actually had several photos published in Birds and Blooms magazine.  This group was really nice and friendly and had a huge desire to help us see birds we had never seen before.  I saw a brown-headed nuthatch, a pileated woodpecker, a horned owl, and most exciting of all:  a summer tanager. (They were all new to me.)

We took another day trip down to the Outer Banks.  I had no idea it was so close!  We went on a Monday so there was no traffic.  It was great.  We drove down the entire way.  My parents are big lighthouse people and Hatteras was on their bucket list.  I love lighthouses, too.  We saw three of them, but only climbed Hatteras.

Also on the Outer Banks is Kitty Hawk--site of the Wright Brothers first flights.

Do any of you have the National Parks passport?  We have had one for years, and in fact, it is so old that it is full, so several years ago, we got the new larger one.  The idea is that you take it with you whenever you go to a National Park and while there, you stamp the passport with their stamp which has the date on it.  Or, alternatively, you stamp a piece of paper because you left the darn passport at home/in the car/etc. We did a lot of stamping when my parents were here!

I have much more to share, but will end for now.  I promise I will be back soon!

Have a great day!


  1. WOW, what a fun visit for your folks!! I've been to Mt. Vernon a few times but don't remember a whole lot. Just what a fabulous view they had. Having been born in MD, my paternal grandma living in Wash. DC for as long as I was alive and then the 3 years we lived in Herndon (my DH was in air traffic control at Leesburg), we've done a lot in the area. Is the eternal flame not there anymore on the Presidential grave? Those lighthouses are beautiful & I'm a wanna be birder as well (living vicariously thru others! LOL). I DO have a couple of those passports and have some stamps actually in the book and many on pieces of paper like you! HA Too funny!

  2. Glad to see you back posting. Touring around that area must be so fascinating. My only trip to Arlington National Cemetery was a long, long time ago, but I remember it was very moving.

  3. Miss you and glad you're "back" but was following on Instagram so knew you were out and about. Sounds like a fun filled time with your folks. My dad is gone and my mom can't get around very well so my "trips" with her are very limited and local. LOVE the areas you visited ... there is so much to see in this beautiful country I am always surprised when people keep saying they want to go to Europe for vacations. Yes, Europe is interesting and beautiful but the USA is sooooo much more appealing to me ;-) So much to see!!

  4. We've been wondering where you've been! :) Looks like you had a great time with your parents! We have had a passport for years...we frequently forget to take it along. LOL

  5. I enjoy reading your posts. My husband recently retired from the military and I too volunteered at Ft. Bliss in the weaving room. I was drawn to the loom and secretly wish to have my own loom one day. Right now I am very content sewing in my sewing room in our new house and teaching fifth graders in a classroom settimg.

  6. Where do your parents live Jo-Anne? Did they come a long way to visit you? Looks like you all had a great time together. I love your striped light houses.