George Washington’s Mount Vernon – May 2, 2017

The plan?

Mount Vernon in the AM.  Then jet up to Baltimore to tour Fort McHenry before visiting Tony & Yuuki for dinner at 6pm at their apartment in Annapolis.  It sounded good, huh?

Strike One:  We started out late, preferring a laid-back morning.

Strike Two:  The grounds of Mount Vernon were phenomenal!

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We enjoyed the views of the Potomac River from the chair-lined, shaded porch.

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We lingered awhile.

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I even imagined that I was Washington, contemplating Revolutionary ideas while surrounded by such beauty and tranquility.

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Although the day was somewhat cool and windy, the sun beckoned us to walk, walk some more!

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The meticulously landscaped areas whimsically played with my interested eyes,

 

while the more rugged and natural woods led us down brick and gravel pathways past the family’s tomb.

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Further investigation brought us face-to-root with the oldest tree on the property, a tulip poplar planted when our first president was just 33 years old.  While there, we called G’mo to wish her a happy birthday!

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Proceeding downhill, we found a working garden and sheep farm,

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an innovative, hexagonal wheat-thrashing barn invented by G.W. himself, and a small slave dwelling.

 

A short walk from there, the Potomac lapped the banks where an osprey nested, overlooking a couple of docked boats.

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Walk, walk some more!  Of course, we made some new friends along the way!

 

Returning to the visitor center, feeling hungry and exhausted, we did a quick run-through of the educational, eye-pleasing Museum.  I disliked rushing, but as Winnie-the-Pooh would say: there were rumblys in our tumblys!

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After a quick tailgate PBJ bar,

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we hopped into the Taurus X and hit a brick wall.

Strike Three:  Traffic.  Horrendous.  Stand still.  Long time.  Ugh.  I had held out hope until this point that maybe we could at least do a drive-by Fort McHenry.  I know that this thought was irrational…just look at the map, folks.  But, you have to understand, the story of the Star-Spangled Banner is what fairy tales are made of for me!  Brave soldiers, defending their fort, standing between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!  Out in the bay a young lawyer, an unwilling witness to the battle, catches the refection of red, white, and blue on the water at morning’s first beam!  I couldn’t help hoping!  (But at least I can still read Peter Spier’s book for inspiration.  And you can, too!  Don’t forget to check out the map in the back!  I’m a sucker for maps!)

At this point, we were lucky to even make it to Tony’s by 6:30!  He had prepared Spicy Korean BBQ wings, rice, sesame bok choy, mild kim chi, and fermented radishes.  Mmmmm, thanks Tony!  And Yuuki…that girl can load a dishwasher like nobody’s business!  With all of that out of the way, we adults talked while the kids descended to the basement for Nerf wars and Play-Doh adventures.

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But alas, all good things must come to an end.  We headed back to our nearby KOA to get some rest for DC the next day!

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