Before We Left

Ok.  I finally caved and bought a new cable so I could download the pictures from my camera.  Our home had been packed and shipped a good month before we flew over, so I still have photos from our last few weeks  in DC I thought I’d share.

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This is the Gaithersburg Observatory Park.  No longer in use, it used to be one of six observatories that were located around the world and used, in part, to measure the “wobble” of the earth.  It was fairly easy to find and the kids had fun walking through the small park to find the different markers and observatory tools.


Another day trip took us to the US Botanical Gardens.  It had been on my list the whole year, and it wasn’t until the last few days we had that we finally made it there.  We were lucky and had beautiful weather for it too.  It was warm, but not DC muggy and there was a nice breezy as well.  I love botanical gardens and this one didn’t disappoint.  The kids even enjoyed it too, with the different zones, children’s garden, and of course, the large jungle area.

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One trip we had been planning to take, but one that kept getting pushed back, was to Millersburg, PA.  My paternal grandfather was born and raised in that area and it was a place I had wanted to visit since being stationed on the East Coast.  No minute like last minute!  We found the town and did some exploring on our own.  Then, we met up with my grandfather’s 80-year-old nephew and his wife.  They were such lovely people, welcoming us all to their home for afternoon tea and snacks.  They were able to help me out with some of my genealogy gaps.  It was a great overnight trip, one that we finished off with a visit to the Hershey Chocolate Factory.IMG_5593IMG_5562

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The last two places we visited before leaving for Germany were the Congressional Cemetery, to seek out the grave of John P. Sousa, and to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed, Pope-Leighy House.  IMG_5599 IMG_5602 IMG_5613 IMG_5614


It seemed like our last few weeks in DC were jammed packed with site-seeing and trying to make the most of the time we had left.  We were rarely idle while stationed there, and there is still so much I’d like to see and do in the area, one year was not enough.

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