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East Coast Vacation 2012

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1: Our vacation started with a bang as our flight was changed while we were on route to the airport. So we went for a walk around Santa Clara University to kill time before our flight. What a beautiful campus!

3: We finally made it to the airport for our 2pm flight out of San Jose...our original flight was for 12pm through Houston landing at 12am. Now we were flying through Chicago and landing in Boston at 1am!

4: June 7th, we had Chipotle for breakfast/lunch on our first day. We got to sleep late and then woke up after breakfast was over. The girls found this very weird. | Then it was time for our first trip on the subway, or the T as it is called in Boston.

5: We walked the Freedom Trail for the rest of the afternoon. We were able to see many historical sites and get a really good feel for Boston. We really liked Boston and wished we had spent more time there.

6: We got to see what family pews really were. Each family had a cubby where the children would face them and they would face the front. The cubbys were enclosed to ward against drafts and people even brought their dogs to church to help keep them warm!

9: Tim demonstrates what happened at the Boston Massacre | One if by land, Two if by sea! The church where the light shone for Paul Revere's ride.

10: The Old State House Where the Declaration of Independence was first read publicly | Old Ironsides

11: Madison Square Garden

12: Bunker Hill Monument

14: A Game at Fenway Park!

16: June 8 We started the morning by driving to Minute Men National Park | It is located halfway between Lexington and Concord.

17: We explored an "original" structure from Colonial times on the march between Lexington and Concord | Not sure Tim would have been very comfortable back then

18: We drove through Massachusets and Rhode Island to reach our destinations for the day in Connecticut in our trusty little van. | We wanted pictures of the "Welcome to...." signs, but they were in dangerous spots. This is the best we could do in Connecticut!

19: After lunch, we visited a submarine museum in Mystic, Connecticut. It was very cool!

22: We spent the rest of the afternoon at the beach soaking up some east coast sun! | Swimming in the Atlantic Ocean!

23: After dinner at Panera, we finally made it to Newark, NJ for our next home away from home!

24: June 9th Our first day in New York City started with a train ride in from New Jersey to the World Trade Center site. From there we walked to Battery Park where we got our first look at the Statue of Liberty

26: Battery Park statues and monuments

27: Right when you come in there is an American Chopper bike. We really struggled to get a good picture in this lighting

29: After visiting the statue, we went to Ellis Island

30: Next up was walking downtown Manhattan and finding all the sights. We saw the Wall Street Bull, the US Customs House, Fraunces Tavern, and the Brooklyn Bridge!

32: Fraunces Tavern was frequented by George Washington

33: The Brooklyn Bridge

34: Tim's next car--The General Lee | Tim belongs on the Avenue of the Strongest

35: Dinner and a walk in Little Italy and then back to our hotel

36: June 10th We walked to the train station in New Jersey. It was definitely not very scenic!

37: Once we arrived in NYC, we walked and walked and walked. We saw Madison Square Garden, Times Square, the Chrysler building, and many other famous sights.

38: The New York Public Library

40: Lunch in between two high rises!

41: After lunch it was time for a bike ride in Central Park. What we don't have pictures of is the guy who broke his arm after not looking where he was going and almost running into Morgan!

43: After dinner, we took a taxi to the Empire State Building. We took an elevator to the 80th floor then had to walk the last 6 flights of stairs!

46: June 11th Yankee Stadium

48: Our trip included a $12 toll. Who has ever heard of such a thing????

49: June 12th We drove from New Jersey to Philadelphia and then on to Baltimore and Beltsville Maryland where we stayed for the next leg of the trip | One of the buildings we passed while in Philadelphia was the US Mint

50: Our first stop was Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The line for the Liberty Bell was long and it was raining, so we tried to take a picture from the outside. :-)

51: Our next stop was the Rocky steps and statue in the POURING RAIN!

52: Our final stop of the day was at Camden Yards for a Baltimore Orioles game. It was a very cool ballpark, and because of the rain we had great seats! A great time was had by all!

56: June 13th Our morning started early with a 7:30 White House tour---that's 4:30 California time. Yikes! We had 3 security checkpoints, but it was very cool to be in there!

58: Our next stop was the Washington Monument on the National Mall. | It was amazing to be there. We loved being able to see for ourselves these amazing American icons!

60: Then we walked down the mall to the Lincoln Memorial. It was soooo majestic!

62: We also visited the World War 2 Memorial. There were a group of vets visiting for the first time and it was very emotional.

64: We spent the day walking around DC enjoying our day and seeing the sights. We even walked along the Potomac and saw the bridge across to Arlington

65: Korean War Memorial and Jefferson Memorial

66: We finished our day exploring some of the Smithsonian museums

67: June 14 We spent the day walking around DC and noticed a ton of construction! | I guess this is where our tax dollars are going!

68: The Museum of American History The girls had a lesson on how to wash clothes

69: National Museum of Space and Flight Maddy and Macie with the Spirit of St. Louis Tim and the girls with a replica of the the Wright brothers first plane

70: We also toured the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress

71: Some of the many sights around town

72: We also had a tour of the Capitol Building It was very crowded, but worth the time spent

74: We ended the day by narrowly missing our tour of Ford's Theater. We were late for our entrance time. Oh well!

75: June 15 We started our day with a tour of the Virginia based Smithsonian Air and Space Museum so we could see the Space Shuttle. It was awesome.

76: The sheer size of the Space Shuttle was awe inducing. We spent a lot of time just walking around it and being amazed.

77: We were surprised to find the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima

78: Our next stop was Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We were able to watch the changing of the guard and a wreath ceremony. It was quite an emotional experience

80: Next up was the Iwo Jima Memorial

82: Finally we had dinner in a quaint little Virginia town outside of Arlington

83: The next morning we were up at 4:30 DC time/1:30 California time for our flight home. We were quite tired! But we had a great trip!

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