Monday, November 20, 2017

Solomons, MD




Place Visited: Solomons, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

Cove Point and Drum Point lighthouses are both owned by the Calvert Marine Museum.  Drum Point is on the premises (and is really neat to go inside), and we took a bus to nearby Cove Point (which was less interesting, to be honest).

Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Piney Point and Fort Washington, MD




Place Visited: Piney Point and Fort Washington, Maryland, USA
Date: September 2017

Piney Point lighthouse and museum is a charming place with an enthusiastic staff, and Fort Washington is my 10-year-old self's dream playground.  It was a great way to kick off the weekend.


Visited as part of the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Maryland Lighthouses



Date: September 2017

I completed the 2017 Maryland Lighthouse Challenge, visiting nine lighthouses and one lightship over the course of two day.  To be honest, I haven't the foggiest idea why I did it.  I just decided it was something I wanted to do.  The silly part is that I'd actually visited all of these lighthouses before, though I hadn't been inside all of them.  (And still haven't - not all of them were open for tours even for the challenge.)  This year's challenge souvenirs were coasters and I collected them all, including the bonus one for finishing.  It was fun, but wow was that ever a lot of driving.

The next few posts are of the lighthouses I visited during that weekend. I also purchased the 2015 souvenir stickers, so those pages will also have some 2015 dates.  Don't be fooled!  It was all 2017! ;)

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Library of Congress





Place Visited: Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA
Date: September 2017

One fun thing about the Library of Congress is that every single one of their exhibits has its own brochure.  Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I was chock full of information, so much that I didn't have time to see it all.  So I picked out the images that spoke to me the most, like the haunting "Enlist" poster at the bottom right corner of the second page, a Fred Spear poster depicting a woman and infant drowning after the sinking of the Lusitania.  And the bizarre "War Gardens Over The Top" poster that appears to have a pumpkin trying to eat a potato.  Look, I don't know.  It was war.  Times were crazy.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Midlothian, VA




Place Visited: Midlothian, Virginia, USA
Date: September 2017

Mid-Lothian Mines Park is very cool and I wish we'd had more time (and less rain) to explore it.  I have an inexplicable fascination with mining.  Plus, the trees were very nice and the paths well maintained.  Too bad it's so far away from home.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chesterfield, VA






Place Visited: Chesterfield, Virginia, USA
Date: September 2017

The girls and I took a road trip down to the Midlothian area to see what we could see. (These are the kinds of things we do.)  We started our day at the very cool Chesterfield County Museum and Magnolia Grange, where we received a personal guided tour from a delightful and knowledgable guide.  We also managed to see the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, tucked away inside Pocahontas State Park.  I admit I didn't know anything about the CCC, but it's an interesting idea I simply cannot fathom happening today.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Leesburg, VA





Place Visited: Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Date: July 2017

Oatlands is one of those places that I'd like to visit in better weather.  It was rainy and hot when I went, so while the gardens were beautiful, I really didn't want to spend much time in them.  The upstairs of the un-air-conditioned house was nigh unbearable.  But it's a neat house full of interesting history (featuring the ubiquitous Carters of Virginia, among others), so I'm glad I went.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Youngstown, OH





Place Visited: Youngstown, Ohio, USA
Date: April 2017

My father-in-law worked in the steel mills for almost two decades, so the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor was quite the trip down memory lane for him.  From the statue out front to the locker room replicas to the whole rooms transplanted from the mills to the museum, it covered every aspect of the steel making process. Quite the hidden gem.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Winchester, VA







Place Visited: Winchester, Virginia, USA
Date: March 2017

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has a great collection of local history but my favorites were the temporary exhibits.  The Alex Ross stuff was neat - I'm not a comic book expert but I can appreciate the artistry.  The landscapes were especially cool, presented almost like old school Urban Sketching, with photographs next to the paintings.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Manassas, VA





Place Visited: Manassas, Virginia, USA
Date: October 2017

The Freedom Museum is an unassuming collection of military memorabilia at the Manassas Regional Airport.  It's not huge, but neither is the airport, but it covers every conflict of the 20th century in some detail.  And it's free!