Washington, DC and Philadelphia

…. and all that in Chief Long Trailer.

April 23rd – 29th
We are back! Now it is me (Eva) writing, so we are back to funny English and grammar issues. I will do my best. I guess one good thing about homeschooling is, I do learn more of English grammar.

After spending some time (not enough) in the Asheville area, we headed towards Washington, DC. Here we stayed in Cherry Hill campground, which I would highly recommend. It was not the most economical campground, but it was convenient, and they really do a good job. Plus, it is located on public transportation. While here we visited the Museum of Natural History, Air and Space Museum and Museum of Native Americans. The kids and Brent really liked the Air and Space Museum, I could skip that one. We toured the Capitol and went to the Library of Congress, which I was really impressed with. We did get our tickets for the tour of the Capital by emailing our local representative, otherwise we would have to wait in line in the morning. That would not be so much fun with our three M’s.

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We also went to see Bernstein Tribute at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. This show was a combination of music, singing and tap dancing. It ended with a beautiful piece called “Tap and Rap”, which was tap dancing to Bernstein’s music. We were all very impressed and the kids loved it. The ride home on the subway was interesting as it was late, kids were over-tired, which made them hyperactive. They were tap dancig in their seats on the subway, well mostly in their seats. Luckily there were very few other passengers in our subway car and the one unlucky person who managed to walked into ours moved way up front.

The last day’s highlight was the ice cream on the lawn and then the brawl to get all their energy out. There is so much more to do in Washington, DC, but it is tough to do it all in three days and honestly it is a lot to absorb.

The next stop on our route was Philadelphia, where we did some history lessons on the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, but the highlight was the market. I loved the Reading Terminal Market, where we did some shopping and enjoyed a Cajun meal. The kids got their hand rolled donuts. They tasted so fresh and were melting in our mouths (yes we adults stole some bites from our children).

We swung by Chinatown, where some ladies tried to talk to our children in Mandarin. Chinatown gave us little taste of China, which brought some memories back. The buildings and the smells, yep the smells of sewer were there also just like in some of the parts of China. Even with the reminder of that, we do yearn to go and travel China. We may do a heritage tour in a couple of years, so Mei and Makai can experience their birth place. We did love Philadelphia for its history and culture.

We stayed in Philadelphia KOA South. The campground was ok, unfortunately they had so much rain that most of the grounds were pretty muddy. They were also doing a lot of work, which meant more mud. This KOA just seemed the be the closest campground, that was not a parking lot, to the Philadelphia downtown.

Our original plan was head to New York after Philly, but I think we all got tired of the big city. So, our next stop is Niagara Falls. The city there is not small, but we are to explore natural wonders, not manmade structures and history. We would love to also go to the Adirondacks, but the weather was not great there lately. Most of the campgrounds are closed and it snowed there a couple of days ago, so there was some leftover snow in places.

 

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