As of right now, we’re scheduled to stay put though the summer 2015, which gives us about 15 more months to soak in the nation’s capital and the surrounding areas. We’ve already explored a great deal but due to the overwhelming amount of ‘must-do’s’ this part of the country has to offer, we’ve only scratched the surface. And while the Army could decide to extend our time here, we’re operating as if we’re leaving in a little over a year. So without further ado, here is our bucket list for the surrounding areas…
Tour of the Northeast (e.g. Eat Lobster in Maine and Yell ‘Wicked Pissah’ in Boston): There is a small chance that we could be stationed in the Northeast but for us right now, Washington DC is so close to New England that it would be a crime not to vacation there this summer. In June, we’re loading up the family truckster and setting sail for Cape Cod, Ogunquit, Maine, Boston, and Rhode Island (either Newport or Providence – maybe both).
Shenandoah National Park: We were all set to visit Shenandoah National Park last October over Columbus Day Weekend but due to the Government Shutdown (remember that?), we had to cancel our plans. Now that Violet is a little older, we hope to take many day trips to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains and put the Kelty to good use on hikes.
Delaware Beaches: Having been to US beaches up and down the east coast and in California, Bethany Beach in Delaware still ranks high as one of my favorites. My family would go often when we lived outside of Philadelphia and appreciated the non-Jersey aspect the serene Delaware beaches have to offer – a perfect family beach locale.
Ocean City, Maryland: While my family preferred Bethany Beach in Delaware, I did go to Ocean City, Maryland a couple of times in high school. But seeing as how I graduated when Lady Marmalade (the Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, and Pink version) was the number one song in the land, it has been quite some time since I’ve had fresh Fisher Popcorn (I’ve sent Fisher Popcorn to Clay during both of his deployments – they’re wonderful to work with!) while strolling along the boardwalk.
Charlottesville, Virginia: Aside from stopping at a Charlottesville Target to buy an iPad Air (Black Friday deal) on our way home from Thanksgiving in Charlotte, North Carolina, we haven’t really seen what the gorgeous town has to offer. Of course Monticello is on our list and I’d love to check out Jefferson Theater. And the food and wine!
Luray Caverns: Located in Luray, Virginia, the cave hosts all sorts of things I learned about in 5th grade – stalactites, stalagmites, flowerstone, mirrored pools, etc…). While a bit touristy, I think the little guy would absolute love pretending to be a cave explorer.
Amusement Parks (Old Dominion, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Hershey Park, Sesame Place): Pretty self-self-explainatory.
St. Michaels, Maryland: A quaint little town on the Miles River filled with great seafood, cute little shops, and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Ski in West Virginia: Next winter, Violet will be old enough for resort childcare and Weston can take ski lessons so I am hoping we’re able to go skiing at some point. Confession – Clay and I haven’t skied since Dry Hill in Watertown, New York, which probably isn’t even technically considered skiing. No diamond slopes for me.
I hope we’re able to cross off the majority of places on the list but of course, only time will tell our ability to do so. Here’s to trying!