As proof that teachers do have SOME fun during their time off, I wanted to share a little bit of my long weekend trip to visit friends in Maryland.  While visiting, we spent some time at the beach, and took a day to go into Washington, DC.  It was a wonderful taste of the area, and a great time spent with my college friend, Melanie, and her husband, Wes.  (And their kitty, Toonces!)

Here are some highlights from my trip:



The weather was gorgeous for a beach day!  (Sorry about the squinty sun eyes, Mel!)


We waited in line for the National Archives.  Once inside we were able to see the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Only the Constitution was dark enough to be able to read.  The others were VERY faded.  (By the way, according to the guard we talked to, LOTS of people come in and sing the preamble song from School House Rock.  So, we weren’t alone in our nerdiness.)


This was my favorite monument, with my favorite president (and my favorite Melanie!).  However, at this point it was VERY hot, and we had been walking for quite awhile.  We are not looking so fresh here.


Two thumbs up for the White House!


Standing in front of our nation’s capitol.  At sunset.  A pretty good combination, if I do say so myself.

After leaving Melanie and Wes and heading back to Indiana, I took a brief side trip to the Antietam National Battlefield.  I didn’t have enough time to do the 8 mile driving tour, but I did have a little bit of time to wander around the area near the Visitor Center and see some things.  (I also picked up some fun things for our room in the gift shop!  Can we say Abraham Lincoln finger puppet, anyone?)  The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, so I figured if I was going to see one battlefield, this would be a good one to see!




A great weekend!  Hope everyone is enjoying their summer break so far!  I know I am!  🙂


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