Touring America | 31 Days of Growing Up

We traveled quite a bit as a family when we were growing up, including some mid-winter trips to Florida and North Carolina, visits to Wisconsin to see my aunt and her family and Indiana to see my mom's extended family, and throughout our own state itself. When we were all a little older (and closer friends), we took several long-distance vacations that became some of my favorite memories.

The summer I graduated from high school, we went to Washington, D.C. It was the first time any of us had been out east. We stayed in a vrbo home and rode the MetroRail all over the city. We saw The Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, and all the hauntingly beautiful war memorials; walked through the rows and rows of straight white crosses at Arlington and watched a changing of the guard ceremony at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; and visited Mount Vernon, the Smithsonians, the aquarium and zoo, and the National Archives (which didn't look at all like National Treasure). It was a busy trip, and we had the opportunity to see so many incredible historical and national landmarks. (And thankfully the "Yuke" was fixed in time to pick it up from the auto shop and head back home as planned. :))

The following summer we went to Maine. (On our trip there, we stayed two nights in Boston, which is a beautiful city; we walked the Freedom Trail and toured "Old Ironsides".) We stayed in Bar Harbor in another great vrbo home right on the ocean. We hiked many of the great trails in Acadia National Park, including Beehive (with a warning sign at the trailhead that literally read "Falls on this mountain have resulted in serious injury and death") and to the summit of Cadillac (at 1500', the tallest peak in Acadia). One day we went sea kayaking, and another we walked out to Bar Island at low tide. When it was really rainy and foggy, we stayed indoors, playing sardines, Rummy, and "mailman". After a fun, adventurous vacation, we headed home via a quick stop at Niagara Falls.

I'm glad all of us had these chances to see and experience more of America. 

We are privileged to live in this great nation, the home of the free, because of the brave.


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