S: Williamsburg 200
1: Williamsburg Virginia Trip June 26 - July 6, 2009 We took off from Springfield, IL and stopped in KY late Friday night on our way to VA. As we made our way on Saturday we stopped in Shenandoah National Park and toured around Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. We stayed in Williamsburg, VA with Rob, Rhonda, Noah Luther and Alex Falk. We spent many days hopping from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Water Country, and Virginia Beach. The kids had a great time hanging out and we had a great time seeing the countryside as we drove to and from VA. We stopped in Louisville, KY on the way home. Our passport book got many stamps on our trip.
3: Our first stop was Shenandoah National Park. We drove along Skyline Drive and stopped along all of the view areas. The sky was clear blue and hardly a cloud. The views were great. Our next stop was Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. We watched a movie about his plantation, toured the museum, and walked around the area. We got to see a 3-D and interactive model of his plantation and house he built. We found out he was quite an inventor.
5: The first day we went to Colonial Williamsburg we rented costumes for the kids to wear. With their costumes, they also received a chore list they were required to accomplish that day at Colonial Williamsburg. The kids enjoyed getting their new clothes and walking around talking to the "actors"who treated them as one of the colonial children. We were there at a time when the Red Coats were in control (The British) and the Militia was about to take it over in a few days (The 4th of July). There were many demonstrations going on and we got to see many in action. Faith was excited to see where Felicity from American Girl lived.
6: Let The Chores Begin! | Their first stop was the post master to deliver mail. | They had to learn how to put the metal letters in a row for a printer. | Next step was to put the print set down for it to be inked and stamped on the paper.
7: In the James Geddy House, the kids learned the "proper" way to curtsy. They learned many manners. They also were taught about the garden out back and about all the things they grew
8: We spent a lot of time playing with historical toys in the courtyard. They tried to run while hitting a wooden hoop, play trap ball by stomping on a board which released a ball and while it was in the air you hit it with a wooden paddle, and cats cradle. Noah just wanted to run and act like he was shooting Logan's gun
9: We ended the day doing some tomahawk throwing, posing with some guards, and "punishing" the children. Overall, it was a great day!
10: Busch Gardens We spent several days going in and out of this theme park. There was so much to do. We went one night just for the fireworks. We rode so many rides and split the day with other parks to catch the non busy times.
11: We had the chance to feed the birds nectar at Busch Gardens. After buying a cup, you could pour some nectar on your wrist and the bird would walk on to your hand to lick it off your arm. Faith did it the most and was pretty brave...until it bit her on accident.
12: Water Country We spent several days in and out of here jumping from slide to slide and riding the hubba hubba highway. The wave pool was a favorite place to hang out too.
13: One night we went to Friendly's for dinner. The waitress gave the guys "kiddie" cups for their shakes. | Before we went in for dinner, we shopped next door and the kids listened to the fife and drummer out front. | We spent some of our downtime (not much!) in our hotel room with some board games, swimming in our pool, and watching some television. By the time we got back to the room for good some days, we just collapsed.
14: We went to Norfolk, VA and toured the USS Wisconsin and Hampton Road Naval Museum | When on the ship, there was a retirement ceremony being performed.
15: We spent quite a bit of time exploring inside the museum looking at torpedoes, mines, flashing SOS at each other, and looking at model ships. | The kids were interested to see what the ships encountered under the ocean as well. They were also eager to get a look on the ship itself.
16: The Docent on the ship was an actual crew member on the USS Wisconsin when they hit bad weather. He shows in the picture how hard seas were cracking the bows and coming over the sides. It was great to hear first hand from someone who had been on this ship, out at sea.
17: We saw the mess hall, sleeping areas, all the different decks, the huge chains for anchors, and much more. They were very strict about what you could and could not bring with you on board. Rob was escorted off part of the ship because he had a stroller. They were very serious about their rules.
18: We were traveling from Norfolk/Virginia Beach and thought we should see the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. We drove out half way and came back. It was quite eerie being surrounded by water and then popping up out of the water driving on a road coming out of "nowhere". We then made our way to Virginia Beach for the rest of the day. It was the kids first day at the ocean. They had a blast playing in the sand and splashing in the waves.
20: After spending the day at the beach we met up with the Luther's for a sunset dolphin cruise. We were out for quite a while and were on our way back to shore when Kimberly spotted the dolphins and let the cruise crew members know and they turned the boat around to follow them. Fun!!!
23: We spent another day touring around other historical areas. We went to Jamestown first and toured around the grounds. Faith and Kimberly posed with Pocahontas and we saw a cross that was erected for those who fought for the freedom of the area. We then went over to Yorktown. Logan and Faith got to pose with George Washington.
24: Watch Out All Pro Mini Golfers! We tried our best to beat the course and the course ended up beating us. It was a tough course and of course we had to show off all our trick shots on each other.
25: After the kids were stabbed, they had to put their heads and arms in a chamber until they were finished off. They never learn! We may have to get one of these at home. | In the end, the kids did not make it. They were both stabbed by the peg leg. Something that just had to be done. Maybe next time they won't be so hard on their parents! The pirate wasn't looking too good. He was a little green in the gills.
26: We spent our last full day at Colonial Williamsburg since it was the 4th of July. We met some field soldiers on the way in who educated on their gear and what their uses were.
27: The Governor's Palace | Back view of Palace | The garden | Part of the collection of muskets on wall | One guest room decorated in English style | Harpsichord played like a piano | Logan and Noah in garden
28: The kids got to take their shoes off and get their toes dirty. They make their own clay for the bricks which make the buildings. The kids all help by stomping around and helping mix together the clay. The actors then show how they form the bricks and lay them in the sun to dry.
29: We spent some time doing some colonial kid games and trying to stay cool in the process. One game was wooden bowling. Rhonda and Kimberly found a good spot in the shade to hold a bench down and watch.
31: What a way to celebrate our country than to watch the marching in of the Patriots to read the Declaration of Independence. The city was declared independent from the British (Red Coats). We learned a lot of history on our trip to VA and appreciate our time there. We had a great time visiting the area and enjoying the beautiful land. Everywhere you look, it is colonial. The houses and businesses keep to the tradition. We look forward to getting back east again.