While traveling to Evie Claire's first birthday party in Maryland, we decided to take advantage of the area and have a couple of mini-excursions.
Before the party, we went to Mount Vernon. This is one of John's most favorite places to be. We've been there several times.
It was quite chilly, with the breeze coming off of the river.
Our kids were more interested in the sheep than any of the historical buildings.
The next day we took the Metro from Maryland to Washington, DC. This was Elijah's first real visit to our nation's capital.
Just like the subway, half of their fun is riding the Metro
It was a beautiful day. We walked and walked and walked. We got to see most of the monuments.
Enjoying a hotdog on the mall
We had to pick and choose which museum we went to. We ended up going to the history and space museums. Elijah was mesmerized by the first Mustang.
The morning of the party we visited the Monocacy Battlefield. John is a bit of a Civil War battle buff, and he was able to learn some new facts at this battleground.
On the way home, we stopped and climbed Pilot Mountain.
View of the valley
The pinnacle "knob"
Lovely fall colors
John and the kids enjoyed climbing, I kept my feet on the ground and just served as the paparazzi.
It was a wonderful, relaxing four days. The highlight was celebrating the first year of life of our grand daughter, but it was neat to throw in a few extra side trips in there.