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Our family of six is on a family sabbatical traveling by motorhome around the United States. Keith’s job as a coach/scout with the Chicago Blackhawks combined with our kids competitive travel sports schedules has ruled our lives. We decided to stop the madness for the next seven months and experience all that our country has to offer together… We are currently in WILLIAMSBURG, VA.
We (I) are (am) wearing down a bit. I actually questioned out loud if we should possibly start making our way home quicker than we had planned to. The kids are starting to complain and bicker and it’s wearing us (me) down. I think everyone misses their friends, sports and routine and it’s starting to show. Really it’s quite a feat that it’s taken us 4 months to start feeling this. Four months is a whole lot of non-stop together time, no matter how great you get along!
Have you ever gone to Europe and after awhile you don’t care if you step foot in another Cathedral because you’re over it as beautiful as it may be. If you’ve seen one church, you’ve seen them all. That is where we were starting to find ourselves I think. We did Boston. Then New York. Then Philadelphia and Washington DC and everything in between. That is a lot to take in within a few weeks. It was all completely awesome but it’s time to slow it back down a bit, so we welcome the quieter South that lies ahead! (And no, we’re not heading home….)
Our Washington DC highlights were:
Washington DC is amazing all the way around! There is so much to do and see that it’s near impossible to fit it all in, even with the five days we had here. Our favorite outing was Biking the Sites with Bike and Roll. It’s always a bonus when we can be active and learning at the same time! The National Mall and all of the Monuments and Memorials are as gorgeous as you would think.
One day, we spent time at the Library of Congress and touring the Capitol building, which are across the street from one another.
We had set up a private tour of the Capitol with an intern from our Congressman David Schweickert’s office
You can’t miss the National Archives to check out the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution & the Bill of Rights. Always fun for the kids to watch Disney’s National Treasure movie before coming here too!
Ford’s Theatre is a must see as the kids were really intrigued to see where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
The White House- Need I say more? We actually are scheduled on our tour inside for tomorrow, so we are making our way back into the city from Williamsburg for this!
We stayed at this Capitol KOA for six nights and loved the location. It is close enough to DC, Baltimore and Annapolis! We were able to easily drive to the metro station that we could take into Washington DC every day. There are really two KOA’s that you can choose from when you want to go into the city. This one was perfect for our touring needs!
The other KOA is a further hike in Fredericksburg, VA and is KOA’s campground of the year for 2014, so of course it’s beautiful! We had originally thought we’d compare the travel into DC from here as well, but we kind of burnt ourselves out. So, we didn’t move from this campground for the two days that we were here. No sightseeing allowed! Time for some downtime at the campground once again to just regroup. And honestly, we all got back on track as we all could individually refuel here!
Look at our beautiful spot! I think this could be our favorite site of the trip. It was exactly what we needed to relax after all of our city touring!
The kids have a new found love for fishing, which this trip allowed. They really hadn’t had opportunity to experience doing this before we hit the road! It’s fun to watch them embrace a new outdoor hobby and as long as I don’t have to touch the bait or fish, I’m good with it!
Location, location, location! You cannot get a closer stay near a National Park then from this Harpers Ferry KOA. You could walk or ride your bike here even though we chose to drive, because we have our NPS annual pass allowing us free parking. Plus, our time was limited so we wanted to make the most of the hours we had in the park!
West Virginia was our 31st state we hit on this trip! We finally committed to putting our USA map (which we bought from the St. Louis West KOA) on the back of our RV. Maybe we won’t be selling our home on wheels once we get back to Arizona after all? Hmm….We are growing a little attached I think. The kids had fun taking turns putting on the various state stickers onto the map and celebrating just how far we’ve come.
This was our 5th Recreational Adventures owned KOA that we have stayed at. Recreational Adventures Campgrounds owns and operates ten premier KOA campground and resort facilities in the United States. Their properties are always busy on the weekends as they offer lots to keep the campers busy having fun. The Harpers Ferry Grapes and Grinds is adorable as it is a replica of John Brown’s Fort. It’s always fun to go to the wine tastings they offer and enjoy a specialty coffee drink in the mornings as well.
Did you say free pancakes? Our family is there. Every time. We can’t help ourselves. Another perk at most of the Recreational Adventures Co. campgrounds on the weekends! I can’t thank you enough for feeding my family at least one meal a day!
This Harpers Ferry location has it’s own movie theater- the first we’ve seen along our KOA tour!
The weekend we were here the KOA was having Civil War reenactments all day on Saturday. Our kids were not necessarily thrilled that we made them sign up to volunteer to be a part of the afternoon show. But, we try to teach our kids to be “gamers.” Just go with the flow and if someone asks you to do something and they want your help, then you just do it whether it’s cool or not. Luckily, they helped out because they were good examples to the younger kids who had trouble following the directions because of their age! Believe it or not our kids also said they learned things that they didn’t already know. Go figure. The more we put into life, the more we get out of it!!
The highlight of our time in Harpers Ferry was learning about the Appalachian Trail. Yes, Aidan is hiding the Ap at the entrance to the bit of trail running through HF!
We spent awhile in the Appalachian Trail’s only Conservancy learning about the famous trail and earning another Junior Ranger badge.
We really enjoyed meeting this couple who happened to come in to the Conservancy while we were there. It was fun to hear about their time on the trail and share stories of our uniquely designed travels. They were very inspiring! I love to see people out there living their lives!! Go get ‘em Liver and VA! Hope to run into you one day back in the West!