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About Me & My Family

I am a Coast Guard wife who has spent the last year exploring the Washington DC metro area with my young kids. Before moving to DC, we enjoyed checking out every museum, park, zoo and play area in the San Francisco Bay Area while my husband was stationed in Alameda.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic
We Just Got Back From
A 4 week Road Trip Through Eastern Canada
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
"Grandma's Beach" (Carpinteria City Beach) just down the road from Grandma's House in Carpinteria, CA
Favorite Vacation Memory
Walking to Yosemite Falls with my then two year old boy immediately after breakfast on a very cold morning in January. I love the cold, the snow, Yosemite without the crowds, and, of course, my kids.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my 3 year old son dropped a bowling ball on his right index finger in Ventura, CA. It's not fun visiting an emergency room (or two in this particular case) while away from home.

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February 18 2017
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David Wills House | kids travel, kids activities
David Wills House
8 Lincoln Square,
Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania 17325
"Lincoln in Gettysburg"
On a warm winter day my family visited the Soldiers National Cemetery, the David Wills House and a few battlefield stops in Gettysburg with my first and second graders.

Pairing the David Wills House with a visit to Soldiers National Cemetery is an excellent idea because the focus of both sites is Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the dedication of the cemetery.

There are videos and a couple interactive exhibits at the David Wills House-- but this museum is most interesting for kids ages 10 and up who are fluent readers. We went through the junior ranger activity guide for the museum and that helped my younger kids understand the importance of the site.

We have visited Gettysburg a few times with our young children, and I feel that looking at Gettysburg with a focus on Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address is a bit more familiar and accessible than trying to understand the movement of the troops and the casualties of war.
 
 
February 13 2017
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Rocks State Park | kids travel, kids activities
Rocks State Park
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road,
Jarrettsville,
Maryland 21084
"Great Place to Hike "
On a warm December day my kids and I hiked up to the King and Queen Seat via the White Trail. It was a fun hike through the forest. We looped around on the trail, taking it to the left from the parking area, before arriving at the King and Queen Seat near the end of our two hour hike.

The area around the King and Queen Seat is very steep - I had to watch my 6 and 7 year olds very carefully. It made me a bit nervous, but overall we had fun.
 
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February 11 2017
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Prince William Forest Park | kids travel, kids activities
Prince William Forest Park
18100 Park Headquarters Road ,
Triangle,
Virginia 22172
"A Great Resource for Northern Virginia"
My family visited Prince William Forest Park on a warm Saturday in February.

Visitor Center
First, we stopped at the visitor center. The enthusiastic rangers helped my kids identify items on a table where they could pick up at touch things. This activity was actually part of their extensive junior ranger booklet.

The rest the visitor center focuses primarily on the history of the park as it has been used by the government over the past 100 years or so.

Playground
Just a short walk from the visitor center is a new playground. The equipment is fun - but I imagine it can get very busy in the summer months. The playground area is not tiny - but not huge either. Probably just the right size for a class coming to visit the park on a field trip.

Hiking Trails
We hiked some trails near the visitor center. You'll want to make sure that you have a map as there is quite a network of trails to choose from. There is a creek and a suspension bridge. There are also lots of fallen trees that my kids enjoyed climbing around on in the wintertime.

 
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February 11 2017
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Chancellorsville Battlefield | kids travel, kids activities
Chancellorsville Battlefield
9001 Plank Road,
Fredericksburg,
Virginia
"We enjoyed a Hike"
There's four sites that make up the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefield - and I didn't really know where to begin. But, now that I've been to Chancellorsville, I think it was a good choice.

Why Visit Chancellorsville?

- It's the precursor to Gettysburg. If you've ever wondered exactly how Gettysburg happened, Chancellorsville is a good place to start. The Confederates won at Chancellorsville and Stonewall Jackson died.

- I can never follow the detailed battle diagrams and picture where everyone is moving. But, at Chancellorsville it all seemed to make a bit more sense. The Union gave up the high ground and the Confederates won - yes, overly simplified, but it's basically what happened.

- The video is pretty decent, does not show an excessive amount of blood and gore, and helped my first and second graders understand the importance of the site.

- The hike at Hazel Grove was a nice 1.5-2 mile walk for the kids - lots of hills to run up and down and plenty of canons to see. When I saw the hiking was a requirement of the junior ranger booklet here -- which seemed like a good fit for us. The hike was a great balance of nature and history.

Junior Ranger Program
For the junior ranger booklet we hiked at Hazel Grove, saw the video at the visitor center (which has a nominal fee), and carefully examined the memorial to Stonewall Jackson directly behind the visitor center.

If you are interested in going to the Wilderness Battlefield or the Spotsylvania site in the off season, junior ranger materials are likely available at Chancellorsville.

 
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February 05 2017
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Anacostia Community Museum | kids travel, kids activities
Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place Southeast,
Washington,
District of Columbia
"Small Museum - Lots of Community Outreach"
My family stopped by this museum on the way to the Frederick Douglas NHS. Most of the exhibits require the ability to read and are best for teens and adults. The museum focuses on the diverse urban communities of the United States. Art is prominently featured in the museum.

This museum offers many programs for the community, which is one of the lowest income neighborhoods in Washington DC.
 
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