Posts filed under “travel”

Easter of the Lamb Cake

We drove up to New Jersey for Easter, where Amy’s mom had bought and cleaned out an 80 year old cast-iron cake mold in the shape of a lamb to make an Easter Lamb Cake. We watched a video of Fr. Ray Kelly, the now-famous Singing Irish Priest: My brother-in-law Bob introduced us to “Viking […]

Great Falls

Some photos from Great Falls Park (the Virginia side) where we stopped for a quick hike while it was nice out last Sunday. (We had previously visited Great Falls in 2006, seeing it from Olmsted Island on the Maryland side.) We also hiked a bit up the Patowmack Canal Trail, but it was rather muddy […]

Thanksgiving 2013

We drove up to New Jersey to celebrate Thanksgiving with Amy’s family, leaving early Thanksgiving morning to be on the road behind the previous evening’s rush. The drive was mostly up I-95, arriving in time for the dog show and Thanksgiving dinner. Ever since our Thanksgiving Tenement Museum weekend the following Friday has become a […]

Railroad Weekend

For the long, rainy mid-October weekend I took it into my head to try two local heritage railways: the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad out of Cumberland, MD and the Potomac Eagle out of Romney, WV. It made for a nice, calm weekend in the mountains with views of early fall color and local wildlife — […]

NJ/NYC Labor Day Weekend

Visited Amy’s parents in New Jersey for the long Labor Day weekend. First time driving the Fiat 500 up that far, and it performed admirably. On Saturday we went to New York to drop by The Metropolitan Museum accompanied by Amy’s brother and his fiancee, taking the train in from Elizabeth Station. I’ve always loved […]


Meadowlark Botanical Gardens was almost ridiculously beautiful when we visited on Saturday afternoon. We hadn’t been there for a few years (since we got the car in 2010). It was nice to see the Korean Bell Garden all finished. Bees sipped from obedient plant flowers on the Potomac Valley trail. And in Lake Caroline one […]


It took a few tries but we finally got to Hersheypark, joining Amy’s dad for a day of roller coasters and other rides.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

We were actually supposed to go to Hersheypark last Saturday but the forecast said 60% chance of thunderstorms, so instead we went south to Busch Gardens Williamsburg (BGW) for the day, about a 2h 30m drive. (And we ended up waiting out a bunch of thunderstorms in the parking lot anyway.)

Chincoteague Again

I stayed on Chincoteague Island back in April for the NASA Social Antares launch event, but didn’t really get to see as much of the scenery as I’d have liked. This summer Amy and I hopped back over to get the full summer beach-and-pony experience for a few days — and break in the new […]

Alexandria and National Harbor

Amy dropped off a couple of paintings at Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria yesterday and we made a day trip of it, checking out Founders Park and Principle Gallery, and hopping on a Water Taxi to see National Harbor. Principle Gallery has a dog named Asher, and he has his own hashtag, #AsherAtPG. National […]