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Washington DC

On our second foray into D.C. we were accompanied by my cousin, Dan. We met him at his house and he cooked us a splendid breakfast! He works at the State Department and had a parking space downtown so this time we got a personal chauffeur. Coming back on a Tuesday was less crowded since, theoretically, people should be back at work although there were still tour buses full of people.

Our good friends, Rebecca and Jonathan, in Seattle had given the kids a National Park passport book that we have stamped when we visit a National Park, Forest or Monument. I think with this one trip we nearly filled an entire section! It’s a fun way to record all the national places we visit so hopefully the kids will be reminded of them when they get older.

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The Smithsonian

Our visit to Washington D.C. was a blast! We visited various places over two days, and were fortunate to have Heather’s aunt—day 1, and cousin—day 2, be our personal tour guides. We were also fortunate to have great weather on both days…blue skies and sunny, if only a touch on the warm side.

Our fist day was spent touring a handful of destinations along the National Mall: The Smithsonian Castle, National Museum of Natural History, Air & Space Museum, a couple refreshment stands and a carousel.

The Smithsonian Castle was iconic, but had limited visual appeal for the kids inside. We walked in, looked at the dedication to the founder of the Smithsonian Institute, looked at the large scale model of the National Mall, planned what we wanted to see, then made our way back out to head over to the Natural History Museum.

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Tallahassee, FL

We stayed at a cozy little park very convenient to downtown Tallahassee, appropriately named Tallahassee RV Park. Many of the residents were long timers; our neighbor had been there 3 years. Its a private setting with trees along the perimeter, but the rigs are packed in tight together. With awnings extended they miss the rig next to you by an inch or two. However, the majority of the 60 sites are extra long pull-throughs.

Mr. S loved this place because of the quantity of skinks. He spent his free time trying to catch them in the perimeter getting nothing but mosquito bites for his trouble. He was able to capture one on camera.