This summer, since we no longer have access to our location in Myrtle Beach anymore, we thought we may try a road trip. We had talked about it earlier in the year, and we thought we would either drive up the east coast to Maine or Canada or head west to see Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands. We talked as a family and everyone voted to travel up the East Coast. The next step was deciding when to go. The SBC Convention was in Baltimore and we were attending the Virginia Homeschool Convention. So it was decided to head north after these events since we were already on the coast. Also, another key for our trip was not to drive too much in one day.
Our trip started at Virginia Beach. We thought that would help the little one to give her some excitement before all the museums and meeting we were to be in. In VB we enjoyed a little beach time, rented one of those 4 person bikes and road up and down the boardwalk. We visited the WW1 & WW2 aviation museum. We tried to see one of the bases there, but they are a little strict to get on there. It probably didn’t help that we were in a rental minivan from Canada, Oh Well! We enjoyed our short time there, and hopefully we will get to go back for steel drum festival.
Up next was Richmond and the homeschool convention. I had only been to the CHEO, but I really enjoyed HEAV convention. I was able to see alot vendors and talk with them. Several of the sessions were very helpful and got me excited for the new school year. The girls had fun seeing the different booths too.
We finished up the convention then headed to Baltimore for the SBC convention. This was the longest we would stay anywhere on our trip. In Baltimore we found some great seafood (yummy crabcakes). The big girls and I went to the National Aquarium while the little went with hubby to see DC. It was a fun day for all. During the convention I was able to hear from some great pastor’s wives and then hear Pricilla Shirer at the Pastor’s Wives Lunch. The big girls got to participate in two mission projects while in Baltimore. It was good for them to see other inner cities, and also to hang with other PKs. Hubby and I also enjoy the convention, because we got to see some of our friends and go out to dinner with them. It was exciting to be there to see a friend be elected as the next president of the Pastor Conference. We are looking forward to the convention next year in Columbus. While, we will not have to travel far, it will still be good to see our friends and take friends with us to it.
With the two conventions behind us, we headed for the rest of our vacation. First stop – Philadelphia. We spent one day there and saw – Constitution Museum, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and took a carriage ride thru the city. The girls had to keep shushing me, because I kept singing songs from 1776. It was just hard not to sing there! We also ate at the City Tavern and had ice cream sundaes at Franklin Fountain. We enjoyed the city seeing the birthplace of our independence despite the rain.
Next up – Boston. Our goal was to travel along the coast and stop at different stops to see the Atlantic or various bodies of waters and to go thru as many states was we could. On the way to Boston, we stopped in Connecticut and spent the night. It was fun going thru all the states and seeing homes and beach areas. From Baltimore we went thru Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
The big girls were very excited about Boston – one, they had never been there, and two, one of them wanted to visit Harvard. First – weather in Boston was beautiful except for a little rain for part of one day! We tried to do an all day tour, but it was sold out before we could book it – plan B. First up – we were able to go see the homeplace of John Adams. It is owned by the National Park Service so they are able to preserve it for the future. If you are ever in Boston this should be a must do for you. We saw his birthplace, first home, and the home he and Abigail bought and enlarged, and Peace Farm(what’s left of it). It was so neat to see family items in there original location that were preserved for many generations and passed down thru their family. We saw the clock John and Abigail received as a wedding present – it still works and keeps perfect time. So much history in that one location, is just amazing. After this, we took the trolley tour thru Boston and got off a different locations. We saw the USS Constitution, the harbor, Union Oyster House, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Paul Revere home, and several locations along the Freedom Trail. Our final tour of Boston was hubby and the oldest who took the Harvard Tour. The littles and I didn’t want to so we headed to the Dragon Boat Festival. We had no idea it was happening when we got to Boston, so this was bonus. The little was excited to see the boats race, and E and I were in the minority, so we know how the little feels almost everyday. It was just a beautiful day. After this – next up Maine! Traveling up the coast we did hope to stop to see the Bush Compound, but due to time constraints, we missed it.
We were going to stay in Portland, but decided to drive a little further and stay in Bar Harbor. This was maybe our favorite stay. We were able to rent a house in Southwest Harbor. It was wonderfully quiet. We had considered going whale watching but after reading reviews of sickness, we opted for lobster fishing. It was fun to see how they catch the lobsters and how the business works. Our naturalist was great. They had a touch tank on board and the girls just loved playing in it. There were only 12 people on our boat, so the girls got to ask alot of questions and play in the touch tank mostly by themselves. On the boat we traveled out to an island and see the lighthouse, harbor seal adults and pups, eagles, and other types of birds. Bar Harbor is a beautiful town along our coastline. We did go up to Cadillac Mountain and drive thru Acadia National Park. We hiked around Jordan’s Pond and have popovers at the tea house. The highlight for hubby was getting lobsters and doing our own lobster bake. It was fun and yummy!
We did not like seeing our vacation end, but we made so many of memories and put 3500 miles on our rental. We covered 12 states. You can see pics of our vacation on my FB page. We can’t wait till our next road trip.