Archive for July, 2005

Crossing the Chesapeake Bay

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Coming south on Highway 13, we crossed the Chesapeake Bay via the approximately 20 mile long Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, one of the most impressive man-made structures ever built. Unfortunately, it was a rainy, overcast day, so I did not get to fully enjoy the beauty of the area. But I was able to capture these images:


View from Sea Gull Pier.

I’m spending the night in Richmond, VA to visit the Museum of the Confederacy tomorrow morning before heading home!

Greetings from the City of Brotherly Love

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

The trip is winding down, as I’m spending the night in Seaford, DE after visiting Philadelphia this morning. I must say that Philly is one of the best stops we’ve made on the trip, as it was easy to navigate and we got to tour Independence Hall and view the Liberty Bell. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m quite the history geek :-)


The world famous Liberty Bell.
Inside the first Congressional Hall.


Inside Independence Hall, the room where the Declaration of Independence was signed.


Independence Hall.


Buried here is Benjamin Franklin, and several other signers of the Declaration of Independence.


Franklin’s grave.

Greetings From the Garden State

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Spending the night East Windsor, NJ, after visiting New York City today. The visit was quite brief, consisting mainly of the Ground Zero Memorial (and the Statue of Liberty – from a distance). We did exit via the Lincoln Tunnel and take the New Jersey Turnpike South, a route made famous by the opening sequence to HBO’s The Sopranos.


The 9/11 Memorial.


The famous cross recovered from the wreckage.

Yet Another President’s Home

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Well, the plan was to spend some time in Boston today, but that plan went awry with the suspension of the Boston transit system. So instead, I just had to settle for visiting the home of President John Adams, and his son, President John Quincy Adams (the only father-son president tandem, except for, well, Dubya and H. Dubya). Spending the night in West Warwick, RI, with plans to visit New York City tomorrow…


President John Adam’s birth site (John Q. was born next door.


The house the Adams later resided in.


Quincy, MA.

Where It All Started

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

Visited Wells, ME, and Plymouth, MA today before arriving at the hotel just outside of Boston. Captured these images along the way…


Wells Beach, Wells, ME.


Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, MA.

Greetings From the Green Mountain State

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

After leaving Montreal this morning, I reentered the U.S. via New York, and immediately crossed Lake Champlain into Vermont, making my way through the Green Mountains to Manchester, NH for the night. I took the following photos in Vermont:


Lake Champlain.


Note how clean the water is.

O Canada!

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Another update today! Below are some scenes from Ottawa, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec…


The Canadian Parliment.


Montreal.


Saint Patrick’s Basilica, Montreal, Quebec.

Freedom’s Martyrs

Monday, July 25th, 2005

No update for the past two days due to lack of internet access. I’m spending the night in Montreal, Quebec, after visiting Ottawa, Ontario earlier today. On Friday, I visited the Flight 93 Memorial just outside of Shanksville, PA, as well as Gettysburg Battlefield.


The flag is the exact spot where Flight 93 crashed.


Eternal Light Peace Memorial.

Images From History

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

Spending the night in Frostburg, MD, before visiting Shanksville and Gettysburg, PA tomorrow. I took these photos along the way…


President George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, VA.
The view of the Potomac from Washington’s backdoor.


President Washington’s tomb.


Manassas Battlefield, Manassas, VA.


Also at Manassas.


Harper’s Ferry, WV.


The Shenandoah River, as viewed from Harper’s Ferry.


Another view of the Shenandoah River.


Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD.


The Bloody Cornfield, site of one of the war’s most deadly skirmishes.

Around DC

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

Haven’t blogged in a few days due to a lack of internet access. I’m spending the night in Lorton, VA, before visiting Mt. Vernon, Manassas, and whatever else that can be squeezed in tomorrow.

During the past three days, I’ve visited the homes of 3 U.S. presidents, a Civil War battlefield, the sights in Washington, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, a place very few people ever get to see. Congrats to my cousin who graduated from there and is now a full fledged FBI agent, and I am sure will make us even prouder than she already has.

Some photos taken along the way:


Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson. You may recognize it from the nickel.
Jefferson’s grave.


The home of President James Monroe.


A preying mantis at the Monroe House.


CSA Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s memorial, on the spot where he was killed in 1863.


You may recognize this scene from “Silence of the Lambs” (inside the FBI Academy in Quantico).


The Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.


The eternal flame at the graves of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Arlington National Cemetery.


The tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre.


The WWII Memorial.