Highlights of the Week in Virginia

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While I was working the booth last weekend the girls and Elijah found plenty to do to keep themselves entertained. The weather was a nice and a little cool.

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Elijah was drawn as usual to the machinery and equipment.

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The sheep dog herding must have caught his interest too.

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These alpacas were intensely interested in him too. The girls said they wouldn’t stop following him when he moved. Too funny!

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On Monday we decided to do a bit of hiking in the Shenandoah National Park.

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We picked a short piece of the Appalachian Trail that was not too strenuous and was close to the Front Royal end of the park where we came in.

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It’s a good thing that Meredith carried Elijah because it was an uphill climb on the way in. We went up over 800 feet in elevation in less than a mile. I look a bit winded, yes? LOL!

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Here was the view of the overlook at the destination.

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We would have like to hike to a waterfall but the 48 mile drive each way plus a 4 mile hike seemed like a bit much for us with a 2 year old. Maybe another year we will make there.

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This cool column rock formation was the other interesting sight to see.

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On Tuesday we didn’t do anything much since it was raining most of the day. We went to the local mall and did a little shopping.

Wednesday we drove to the Vienna Metro Station in Fairfax and rode the Metro into D.C. We met up with Heather and all the little girls for a day of sightseeing.

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We got off the Orange Line at the Smithsonian. Very cool to see the Capital Building right after we walked out on the Mall.

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We headed over to the Museum of Natural History since that was what everyone most wanted to see.

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This is the Monster Snake model which was pretty sobering.

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We couldn’t get Elijah to stay still long enough to get in this shot, LOL!

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Until we saw this exhibit that is, which we could hardly peel him away from.

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Emma with the giant squid. What a ham.

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After the museum it was time for lunch.

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We ended up having a blast feeding  the birds which will practically eat out of your hands. Willow wanted so bad to catch one .

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We figured we wanted to be back on the Metro headed out of D.C. by 3 pm at the latest to avoid the worst of rush hour so we had just enough time to walk to the Washington Monument.

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When we got there we were disappointed that we couldn’t go in. It was closed for renovations.

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We did manage to get a shot of everyone except Meredith in this time. She was the photographer. :-)

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Then we headed back to the Metro station.

We just hung out in the room most of the day today and got the laundry done. We are leaving Winchester tomorrow for the next show, the Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier estate. See you soon!

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