Julia, Kaitlyn, Photos

Air and Space Museum

Continuing our weekend in DC, we went to the Air and Space Museum next to Dulles. In short, it was awesome. Seeing all those airplanes and the space shuttle up close was great. The kids were relatively well behaved, likely because it wasn’t crowded and there was a ton of room for the girls to run around.

There was only one major complaint. There was only one food choice there (McDonalds), and it was outrageously priced (probably a 25-40% premium over a typical store). Of course, you could leave the museum, if you take food along and leave it in a cooler in your car, then go to the picnic area outside. But since we didn’t know there was a picnic area there, that wasn’t an option for us.

Anyway, we had a really good time there.

Julia, Kaitlyn

National Zoo

We went to DC last weekend to visit Susan and Isaac. Our first stop was the zoo. It was hot that day, so the animals were pretty inactive and trying to stay in the shade. We didn’t get to see everything, but did manage to see the pandas (also sleeping).

All in all, we had a pretty good time at the zoo, and stopped at 2Amys for some delicious pizza.

Julia, Kaitlyn, Photos


Following up our trip to Dutch Wonderland, we stayed in the area for the weekend. We went to the Strasburg Railroad, where Julia and Kaitlyn found the trains to be interesting. We didn’t bother riding the train on this trip, because (1) it was $40, and (2) I think they would have gotten bored very quickly. And with nowhere to go for an hour except sit in your seat isn’t all that much fun, regardless of what’s going on outside the train.

After visiting the railroad, we went to Intercourse to do all the typical Amish Country stuff. The trip to the Intercourse Pretzel Factory was a let down. They offered factory tours, but it was really just a demonstration in rolling your own pretzel, and not much else. At least the kids did get a piece of dough to play with. We followed that up with a trip to Shady Maple, a ridiculously sized smorgasbord. Unfortunately, Julia had just been woken up from a nap when we got there, so she was cranky and refused to eat anything there. By the time we were all done, she was just coming around. Fortunately, Kaitlyn was well behaved, and was happy just eating watermelon.

Julia, Kaitlyn, Photos

Dutch Wonderland

We went to Dutch Wonderland last weekend, and had a really good time. The weather was a bit iffy in the morning, but the sun came out in the afternoon, and the girls stayed in it until they were practically falling asleep. We did most of the rides, and Julia was a bit hesitant to start. Kaitlyn, of course, showed no fear at all on any of the rides. Julia ended up loving the train ride, Kaitlyn liked the water park, and they were both a little too excited about the bumper cars. (Maniacal laughs followed every crash…)

Here are some pictures from our day there. More pictures from our weekend in Lancaster will be coming on Tuesday.