S: Washington DC 2010
FC: Washington DC May 2010
1: The East Coast Kerry was an amazing tour guide. She planned an incredibly fun-filled and packed week for me. I knew very little about the DC area and all of the amazing sites on the East Coast. I stayed for a whole week and was able to add a temple to my list and 3 additional states: MD, VA, and PA.
2: Fort McHenry On Wednesday, May 19, our first stop was Fort McHenry where the defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner". Her two adorable children, Lacey and Tanner, came along too.
4: Annapolis, Maryland Later that afternoon Kerry and I went to Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, and visited the United States Naval Academy, which sits on a beautiful piece of property. I found this town absolutely adorable. It was right on the water, has an amazing main street, great shops, beautiful homes and restaurants too. I should have taken more pictures of the main street and the quaint little town.
6: Annapolis Harbor On Thursday, May 20, I spent another day in Annapolis. (Kerry had to work that day.) First, I went on a Harbor tour (ironically with many school-aged children who were on field trips).The harbor gave picturesque views of Annapolis and The United States Naval Academy.
7: Later, I enjoyed a nice walk in a park and came across a man who was painting and it reminded me of a Norman Rockwell painting.
8: Washington DC Temple On Friday, May 21, Kerry and I completed an endowment session. This temple is truly beautiful!
10: Buggy Ride On Saturday, May 22, we were so excited to have a tour of Amish Country in a buggy. While on our tour a funeral procession passed by with at least 30 buggies. I learned a great deal about their religion and their way of life. It is beautiful in Pennsylvania.
12: Amish Country Kerry and I had a great time touring this beautiful part of the country. The silos dotted this beautiful landscape. We found it ironic and hilarious that in Amish Country a city is named Intercourse, so we stopped on the side of the road for a photo op. We had another photo op at the telephone booth used in the movie "Witness". Then we tried homemade root beer, which had way too much yeast, so it wasn't as refreshing as we'd hoped. But we purchased some homemade desserts, including whoopie pies and those made up for it.
15: Hershey's Chocolate World Due to time and trying to see as much as possible I needed to choose between visiting Hershey, PA or Gettysburg and it's obvious what I chose. I'd like to return to Hershey someday because they even have an amusement park there too. It's an amazing little town.
16: Thomas Jefferson Memorial | Washington DC On Sunday, May 23, we visited as many memorials and monuments as possible...it was a whirlwind day, but I was so happy to see so many sites!
17: The Washington Monument I was obsessed with this...it's like it follows you around the entire city!
18: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (left) Korean War Memorial (right)
20: Lincoln Memorial This memorial was much larger in person than I had imagined. It was amazing!
21: Vietnam Memorial It was overwhelming how many names were on this wall.
22: World War II Memorial
23: The White House
24: The Capitol In addition to all of these places we also went to the Natural History Smithsonian where we saw the original American flag, Kermit the frog, and my favorite - the First Ladies inaugural ball gowns, and so much more!
27: Mt. Vernon On Monday, May 24, we visited Mt. Vernon. George Washington's home is beautiful and the Potomac River is its backdrop. I absolutely loved this place and was amazed by its views.