Reviewing the Marines in Quantico, VA

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We have passed Quantico on a number of drives, but never got around to stopping, this trip we did. Quantico is the home to one of the nation’s largest U.S. Marine facilities and the headquarters of its Combat Development Command. It is also home of the: National Museum of the Marine Corps [Read more …]

A Day in Shenandoah National Park


  We have driven the park’s Skyline Drive a few times. And now that we have discovered Staunton (see our July 13 post), we will certainly do so again–probably the next time we visit the historic city of Charlottesville. This 115 mile Skyline Drive is lined with pastoral scenes and overlooks that [Read more …]

Making the Most of a Drive from Appomattox to Shenandoah National Park


  We had a bit of a drive from Appomattox to Waynesboro, where we had planned to spend the night before spending the next day exploring and hiking Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. Although we could have, in theory, driven this distance in about an hour and a half, why should we do than when [Read more …]

Appomattox: Where the Civil War Almost Ended

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  Appomattox Court House is the site of Robert E. Lee’s April 9, 1865 surrender to Ulysses S. Grant ended the Civil War. The reconstructed courthouse at which the surrender was executed is the centerpiece of the National Historic Park and the site of the museum. The park also includes 27 neighboring restored buildings [Read more …]

Revisiting the Southeastern U.S.


It had been a number of years since we were in the southeast (excluding Washington, D.C., which we visit every couple years. A return trip was long overdue. This trip covered parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, D.C. It was bookmarked by two of our favorite cities: Charleston, South Carolina, [Read more …]

A Day Trip to Alexandria and Arlington National Cemetery

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Alexandria Virginia is one of our favorite small U.S. cities. We once, in our distant, murky past, rented a beautiful historic Old Town townhouse for the spring and even put in an offer to buy one. We return during as many DC visits as possible to reacquaint ourselves with its history, its colonial architecture and [Read more …]

Charlottesville and Shenandoah National Park


We have always loved the Charlottesville area. The rolling hills, gracious horse farms, historical buildings, wineries and the legacy of my hero—Thomas Jefferson. This trip, we found additional pleasures in the form of a wonderful hotel and three memorable restaurants. Downtown Charlottesville Since we only had two nights and one day in the city, we [Read more …]

Experiencing the Civil War in Gettysburg, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg


It has been decades since either of us studied the Civil War and years since I last read about it (Doris Kearns Goodwin’s wonderful Team of Rivals). It was time to get back up to speed. And what better way to do so than to visit the visitor centers and tour the museums at the [Read more …]

Renewing our Relationship with Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C. is another of our favorite cities. We, in fact, lived here for about three months, visit about once a year and plan to live in the city again, for at least another three months. Given this, we know the city quite well, have done most of the things we want to do (or [Read more …]