ANNUAL TRIP CONTINUED

June, 2011

 

IN OUR LAST EPISODE

 

Our annual trip north to visit family and friends began last month with a visit to the Armentrouts in Shenandoah Valley, the Illos in Pennsylvania and New York and other people and places.  Here's the link: Annual Trip North - May, 2011

 

NEW YORK CITY

 

There's nothing like getting close to the water.  Especially waters you grew up near as in the case of Long Island Sound where Camille spent her formative years.  This was Bob and Camille's first trip to New York together and it was a great visit.  More photos here: New York City - June 2011

 

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - AN INDULGENCE

 

We had a loosely constructed list of must dos, nice to dos and want to dos while in New York City, but the American Museum of Natural History was at the top. Again, a trip down memory lane for Camille who often went here as a child, the museum did not disappoint.  Check out the pictures we took on this page: Bob and Camille visit the American Museum of Natural History

 

VIEW FROM A TRAIN

After two nights in New York, we boarded the Amtrak, this time opting for the "Quiet Car" and rode it back to Union Station in Washington DC.

 

NEVER FORGET

 

This is a beautifully carved memorial to Christopher Columbus outside Union Station.  It struck us as odd that they would have carved the likeness of an American Indian into a memorial with the words "To the memory of Christopher Columbus whose high faith and indomitable courage gave to mankind a new world."

We wondered how the white man might feel should the shoe be on the other foot.  As in, here we are living our lives the best way we know how and along come some new peole who basically wipe us out with their guns, germs and steel.  After which, they take over our land, move the remaining 20% to reservations and congratulate themselves for creating a new world.  And then they carve our likeness onto the memorial as if we were in agreement that the old world we had made needed to be recreated into a new world.

 

I SEE

Its hard to deny the absolute beauty of the Capital Building.  Empire can be a glorious thing.

 

GOLDEN HOUR

After sitting on the train for three and a half hours, it felt great to stretch our legs and since it was coming on golden hour, the views were spectacular.

 

OOPSY

Don't run over the pedestrian....sign.  Obviously it happens.  Ned, Bob and Camille thought this warranted a picture.  A warning, as you will, of what can happen when you are not paying attention.  We hope no animals were harmed in the making of this picture.

 

BROOKSIDE

 

There is no better way to indulge Camille on her birthday than to take her for a long walk.  Check out our impressions of: Brookside Gardens

 

DINNER AND DESSERT

Jessica and Ned joined Camille and Bob (behind the camera) for dinner to celebrate Camille's birthday.  After which we went out for ice cream at a place close to Jessica and Frankie's home.

 

CAPITAL BIKESHARE

 

Another great idea, brought to our attention by Jessica who along with her husband, Frankie showed us the zip car last year.  With Bikeshare, you unlock any bike from designated bike racks and ride it wherever you wish, leaving it locked into another Capitol Bikeshare rack when you are finished.  Camille tried one out and they are sweet!

 

PONIES BY THE SEA

 

Bob booked us a night on Chincoteague where we were able to observe wild ponies and seagulls, living in harmony.

 

NEVER GROW OLD

 

Camille loves ponies.  Always has and always will.  Bob, smart man that he is, chose the hotel next to a paddock of mares and foals, much to Camille's delight.

 

SCRATCHING THE ITCH

 

This precocious filly used the creep fence to avail herself of human attention.  With her mother on the other side, she enticed this human with her cute pony looks.  Resistance was futile.  Before she knew it, Camille was massaging the tiny muscles beneath that baby soft coat until the itch was subdued and the fingers were black.

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