Another summer vacation is in the books. This year, we took a road trip through the southeastern United States. The highlight of the trip, of course, was the Great American Eclipse, which we saw at totality in Hopkinsville, Kentucky with our friends Tara, Doug, and Liam.
- Furniture shopping in High Point, North Carolina
- A day at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center
- Seeing Rifftrax live in Nashville
- Visiting the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky
- A day at the amusement/water park
- Exploring Mammoth Cave National Park
- Solar eclipse viewing in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
- A visit to the Makers Mark distillery in Loretta, Kentucky
- Horseback riding in Snowshoe, West Virginia
- Buying way too many books at the Green Valley Bookfair in Virginia
- Wine tasting at Shenandoah Vineyards
As of 6PM, we’d had nine continuous hours of snow, and still falling. Here’s the hour-by-hour visual record.
With school out for the day, and the government shutdown over, Mark and my mom decided to take the kids to the National Zoo. Little did they realize that they’d be interviewed by channels 5 and 7 news, Taiwan TV and Corcoran College. Here’s Sasha and Sam, who made the 5 o’clock channel 5 news.
Like thousands of other kids in the area, it was Sammy and Sasha’s first day of school. Sasha especially was excited to be starting Kindergarten! Here’s to a great school year!
I’m not nearly as good a photographer as this photo might have one believe. I just had an amazingly beautiful subject to work with.
Saturday was our last day of skiing for the season. Having had a good lesson at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid earlier in the week, I wanted to take Sasha for one more lesson closer to home. She was a little scared at first, but quickly got the hang of it. We can’t wait for next season!
Sammy graduated from preschool on Friday. One more summer at Discovery Kids Place, and then it’s off to kindergarten. Can you believe that?
Thomas chuffed along. Suddenly he noticed he was on the wrong track to fill up the oil car. So Thomas backed up and chuffed onto the right track. And then, he arrived at the oil thing. He lined up the car. The machine put the oil in.
Suddenly, Thomas noticed that the crank was stuck on the oil pump. So Thomas wheeshed away to tell all the engines.
Thomas saw Duncan. “Hello,” Thomas said. “Did you know that the oil machine was broken?”
“Yes,” said Duncan, and he chuffed away.
Then, Thomas reached over to get his next load. He coupled onto a very special coach. Along the way, he met Sir Thomas Hatt.
“Hi Thomas. I see you’re pushing the special coach today.”
And then, Thomas kept chuffing on. He chugged away.
He passed Duncan again, who was still at the signal.
Then Thomas kept chuffing along. Duncan backed up, and Thomas backed up. He switched tracks and hooked up to his old cars. And then he chuffed away.
Thomas chuffed right past the signal. By the time Thomas chuffed past, Duncan had to stop again because the signal had gone back down.
Thomas was tired. He was pushing a lot of loads today. He really wanted another train to help him. And suddenly he saw who wanted to help him: It was Duncan. So when the signal went up, Duncan chuffed away to help Thomas.
Then, after Thomas coupled onto the big load, he pulled and pulled into the siding and Duncan got out of Thomas’ way. Thomas chuffed into the siding. Duncan chuffed into the front, coupled onto the front car, and the two engines chuffed away.