Thursday, August 7, 2014
**Beyond the Books ~ #1 ~ Summer Vacation**
Welcome to my first Beyond the Books post. This post was inspired by Lexxie @Unconventional Bookviews' Up Close and (Un)conventional, who was inspired by Cuddlebuggery. It's meant to be a way for y'all to get to know me better on a personal level - Beyond the Books. ;)
By the way, my daughter, Sky, designed my header. I think she did a great job in drawing me! :)
In my first post, I thought I'd share about my recent vacation. This particular family vacation was organized around touring colleges for my oldest. What?!? How am I old enough to have a kid getting ready for college? Well, she's a junior this year and driving and I can still hardly believe it. Yep, I'm that old. *ha* Anyway, there are a few colleges from the East that are courting her, so we took her to check them out, as well as to have some fun in locales we'd never visited.
We traveled Skyline Drive from the north entrance of Shenandoah National Park to the south entrance, where we ended up near Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a lovely day-long drive along the Blue Ridge Mountains. And in one of the visitor's centers, we learned a great deal about the creation of this national park.
We arrived in Charlottesville, VA, in order to attend a tour of the University of Virginia. Since we were in the area, we visited Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello too. But this photo is on the grounds of UVA.
We visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the bloodiest battle of the Civil War was fought. Gettysburg College is located here as well. We toured the campus, and then visited the Gettysburg National Historic Site and Museum. (Sky is very interested in the Civil War) We also visited Swarthmore College while in Pennsylvania. We all really liked the campus. :)
We also visited Seaside Park, New Jersey, for FUN!!
Baltimore, Maryland, was a stop on our trip in order to visit/tour Johns Hopkins University.
And we also toured Washington D.C.
As you can tell, we spent a lot of time traveling, saw A LOT, and learned so much. We also had a great time! (And Sky will probably end up at a college in the Pacific Northwest! ;)