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Easter Vacation: Family Visit

Bob and I spent the Easter weekend in Alexandria, Virginia. We used to go to Virginia a few times a year to visit Bob’s brother and our sister-in-law. We have missed those trips to Virginia, since John and Dorothy moved to Hawaii. We miss visiting with John and Dorothy; however it is still possible to get our Virginia “fix” by visiting my cousin, Vernon, and his family.

When we visited Vernon and Wendy in May 2011, their family had recently been increased by 1. Their son, Aiden, was born on May 14. We were among the first to meet baby Aiden.

This is my favorite photograph of Aiden from our May 2011 visit.

Aiden giving Daddy a fist bump

Fast forward 11 months, and here are the photographs that I took of Aiden this year.

Aiden was fascinated with Bob’s mustache and beard!

Aiden checks out Bob’s beard and mustache.

I LOVE Aiden’s baby blue eyes!

In addition to visiting with Vernon and family at his home, we accompanied the three of them to Wendy’s mother’s house on Saturday, April 7th, for the Seder — the focal point of the Jewish Passover celebration. It was nice to see Wendy’s mother and sister again, as the last time we saw them was at Vernon and Wendy’s wedding in October 2009. A book entitled “30 Minute Seder” provided for a memorable Seder Passover that both engaged and entertained all participants.

Easter Vacation: Mount Vernon

Bob and I spent the Easter weekend in Alexandria, Virginia. During our 3-night stay we spent time with family members and visited Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon. I uploaded photographs from our visit to Old Town Alexandria in yesterday’s blog post. Today’s blog post is about our visit to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate on Saturday, April 7th.

This was my second visit to Mount Vernon. My first visit was in September 1997. I attended a craft fair that year, and boy was it crowded! We beat the crowds this year, arriving at Mount Vernon at approximately 8:30AM. It was so nice to tour the Mansion in a small tour group. The Mansion has been restored to how it would have looked when Washington died in 1799. The guided tour was excellent in its presentation of factual data. I have no photographs inside the Mansion, as photography was not permitted.

The Mansion was home to George and Martha Washington.

Bob took this photograph of me, after our tour of the Mansion. I am looking at the Potomac River; the view was beautiful. The sun was not positioned well for a good picture of the view of the river from the Mansion, so I didn’t take a photograph of the Potomac River. You will notice that I am wearing a knee brace. I am scheduled for arthroscopic surgery later this month. I have been experiencing increasing pain in my knee since late last year. An MRI showed that I have two torn meniscus, bone spurs and arthritis in my right knee. The surgery is to repair the torn meniscus and to remove the bone spurs.

After touring the Mansion, we walked down to the Wharf stopping and seeing some of the sights along the way.

Washington’s Tomb holds the remains of George and Martha Washington, as well as other family members.

Entrance to Slave Burial Area

Slave Burial Area

Slave Burial Area

The Wharf is located on the shores of the Potomac River. Remember how close the Osprey nest was that we saw, while at Old Town Alexandria? We found an even closer Osprey nest at the Wharf!

Easter Vacation: Mount Vernon
Please click on image to enlarge.

This osprey nest is located right next to where a sightseeing cruise boat docks. The cruise boat was docked at the wharf, while these photographs were taken. If we had boarded the boat and walked to the upper deck, we would have been able to take a photograph of the three eggs that were inside the nest.

OH, and I almost forgot. The osprey wasn’t the only bird we saw, while at Mount Vernon. We saw an American Bald Eagle soaring above the Mansion. I didn’t have my long lens on the camera; wish I had!

Near the Wharf is the Pioneer Farmer Site.

A 16-sided barn is located at the Pioneer Farmer Site.
The barn kept wheat clean and safe from weather.

 

We rode a shuttle bus from the Wharf to near the Mansion.

We walked through the Upper Garden.

We then departed Mount Vernon.

This was our last view of the Mansion, as we departed Mount Vernon.

I recommend highly a visit to Mount Vernon, if you are in the Washington, D.C. area. Seeing Mount Vernon is well worth the $15.00 admission fee!

Easter Vacation: Old Town Alexandria

Bob and I spent the Easter weekend in Alexandria, Virginia. During our 3-night stay we spent time with family members and visited Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon.

Bob, my cousin Vernon, and I visited Old Town Alexandria on Friday, April 6th. We spent most of our time at the waterfront.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

I consider the sighting of Osprey the highlight of our visit to Old Town Alexandria. I had never been so close to an osprey nest!

Osprey in Flight

Osprey on Nest

 

We didn’t see only one Osprey; we saw TWO Osprey!

Before leaving the waterfront, we enjoyed a quick snack at Pop’s Ice Cream.

Pop’s Ice Cream
(Storefront behind blue jeep)

As we drove out of Alexandria, en route my cousin’s home, we passed by the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Approaching the George Washington Masonic Memorial

George Washington Masonic Memorial

Next blog post: Photographs from our visit to Mount Vernon

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