Reviewing the Marines in Quantico, VA

Marine-bldg (2)

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‚Äôs 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

Appomatix-Court House

  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 …]