Return to the Road- A May “Mini-Trip”

I’ve become very spoiled when it comes to traveling- there is little doubt about that. Just the title of this post “May Mini-trip” proves that. I’m excited to get back out on the road, but I’m also disappointed it’s only for 5 days. After spending 26 days in Israel last May, there is a reason it’s referred to as a “mini-trip”.
Either way, I am leaving on May 17th and heading East with my dad. Here’s the proposed trip map below-
Included on the itinerary as of now are-
Wednesday- The Yeungling Brewery in Pottsville, PA in the morning, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site & Valley Forge National Historic Park in the afternoon , a classic Philly Cheesesteak @ Joe’s for dinner and the Phillies-Rockies game at Citizen’s Bank Park in the evening.
Thursday- A day in downtown Philadelphia- Independence National Historical Park, Penn’s Landing, Elfreth’s Alley, Edgar Allen Poe National Historical Site, Philadelphia’s Chinatown for lunch, Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s Church), and the observation deck at Philadelphia Town Hall. In the evening, we’ll make the drive down I-95 to catch the Orioles-Yankees game at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Friday- The morning will be spent seeing three Baltimore-area sites- Fort McHenry National Monument & Shrine, Hampton National Historic Site & Lexington Market for a lunch of Crab Cakes. In the afternoon, we head further south, to the Frederick Douglas National Historic Site outside of Washington D.C. In the evening, I hope to take sunset & night photos on the National Mall.
Saturday- I only have two things scheduled- a morning tour of Ford’s Theatre, and an afternoon walk with an NPS ranger down Pennsylvania Avenue. I’m sure at some point in time we will walk over to Arlington and Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s former residence on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. I’m sure we’ll stop in at a few of the Smithsonian Museums and wander around in D.C. some more. I’ve left the evening open for some more night/sunset photos in case the weather on Friday is uncooperative.
Sunday- We start with an early morning drive along the George Washington Parkway, then north to Catoctin Mountain Park in Northern Maryland. During the middle of the day we’ll stop in Gettysburg to visit both the National Battlefield Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site before heading toward home. On the way back to Michigan, we’ll stop at the Flight 93 National Memorial outside Shanksville, PA to pay respects to the lives lost there.
If that sounds like a busy five day, it is. If it sounds like I’m trying to cram as much in as I can to make up for the short length of the trip, I am. 
From our last DC experience- May of 2005
I’m excited for a couple of new things. First, I have a network card now and should be able to blog and post pictures more than just at night. Second, I have been experimenting in HDR photography and am really excited about how that will enhance my photography. Third, I am excited to be traveling with my dad again, since we took last year off while I was in Israel.

It’s May and my favorite month to travel, and despite all the references to the short duration of this excursion- I’m really pumped.

One Response to “Return to the Road- A May “Mini-Trip””

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice article and even though it's a “mini” trip your wife still misses you….

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