Best.Zoo.Ever.

Yesterday, my family and I went to the Best. Zoo. Ever. It was a drive-through zoo where the animals walked up to your car and you fed them feed from a bucket purchased at the zoo’s entrance. And I’m not talking about a handful of animals roaming around, there were tons of them!   Having…

The U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum

The United States Memorial Holocaust Museum (USMHM) is America’s official memorial to the Holocaust. It is located in Washington, D.C. and was opened in 1993. My daughter and I visited the USMHM last week; this was my second visit and her first. We both moved quietly through the three main floors of the permanent exhibit…

South of the Border: America’s Favorite Roadside Oasis

  Located just south of the North Carolina border is a wonderful, kitschy tourist trap known as South of the Border. This tacky, delightful, slightly run down destination has caused millions of children to beg their parents to stop each year to see Pedro and all of the sights. From the highway, travelers can see…

Bonsai

Before today, my only knowledge of bonsai trees came from watching Mr. Miyagi patiently train his trees in the Karate Kid. After my trip to the arboretum today, I’m certainly not ready to grow one myself, but I now know a wee bit about this fascinating art form. The United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. has…

An Amish Adventure

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania is known for rolling hills, sprawling farms, and most of all, a very large and thriving Amish population. Over Memorial Day weekend, my daughters and I booked a private buggy ride through Amish Country. Our ride was two hours long and included stops at an Amish farm, a roadside market and an Amish…

Around the World

When I began blogging one of the biggest surprises to me was the incredible community of people I became acquainted with. What really amazed me was the way in which I was easily able to connect with people from all over the world. Here is a roundup of blogs I have really enjoyed and learned…

The Bloom: All American Fun!

This weekend I attended the 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia. Growing up in Winchester, this was a staple of my childhood and I now bring my family in for the big event every year. The Bloom, as it is often called, is a weekend full of good old-fashioned, All American fun including…

Project 52: Week 2

The pictures for week 2 of my 52 Week Challenge are from the U.S. Botanic Gardens. I visited Easter weekend and particularly enjoyed seeing all of the orchids in bloom. I wish pictures could capture smells because the fresh, floral scent that filled the air was intoxicating. I didn’t want to leave. Here’s a little…