Sunday, July 25, 2010
Crossing the Missouri River at Chamberlain always means we are getting close to home. Three hours left! Chamberlain is one of the prettiest places in the middle of South Dakota and looked even prettier after two and a half weeks away from home!
The image is a little blurry, but 10 miles from the house, we hit 5000 miles on the trip meter. That's a lot of car time! Worth every mile! I wish Tony would have been able to be with us. My sons are pretty much all grown up now and having lives of their own. It's a little sad as a mom, but I am so very proud of each of them. I treasure every moment I get to spend with them!
Halfway between Kitty Hawk, NC and Wichita, KS lies Nashville, TN. Great time to see the Grand Ole Opry, right? Wrong! Because of some very nasty flooding this spring, the Opry is being reconstructed and you get turned around at the gate. But I got to see the Parthenon. I didn't even know this existed in Nashville! Hmmm....
It has been years since I have been to the Atlantic Ocean! I couldn't wait to get my toes in the sand and walk along the waves. The beach was quiet Wednesday night, but Thursday it was full of people. I loved watching all the kids and the waves coming onto the shore! I think I need to schedule more beach time!
The boys and I settled in for a couple of days in Kitty Hawk, NC. We couldn't miss the Wright Brothers Memorial. I was a bit surprised that there wasn't more in the area dedicated to the brothers. I guess we find it more fascinating than the locals.
We left DC after a visit to the International Spy Museum and wound our way down the Eastern Shore. I spent a year of my childhood living here with my grandparents while my dad was in Thailand during the Vietnam War. I was sad not to find the few landmarks I remembered, but I guess 40 years will do that.
We then went over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It was as fantastic as I remembered it. We stopped and had dinner at the restaurant and walked out on the pier. I dropped flowers from the wedding in the bay in memory of my mother.
After we dropped Mike at the Dulles Airport, the boys wanted to see the other part of the Air and Space Museum. Lots of planes and even a space shuttle. Part of the second Transformer movie was filmed here. The boys were thrilled. I got to see the Enola Gay. Lots of history here!