The boys were excited by the number of states we visited on the trip: Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Kentucky. Sunday we drove through Ohio, a snippet of West Virginia (Wheeling), and spent the night in Pennsylvania.
|The Appalachians in Pennsylvania.
|A tunnel through the mountain.
|This was the Tuscarora Mountain.
|A lovely view.
On the way through Pennsylvania, we stopped in Hershey, PA and Hershey's Chocolate World.
|Yum! A Hershey character looks good enough to eat.
|Yes, tourist central, but chocolate!
|A garden at Winterthur.
|Gazebo in one of the gardens at Winterthur.
|A picture in front of the Abbey.
|Running under a bridge in the gardens.
Then it was on to Lewes, where we were planning to spend the bulk of this trip. We chose to drive into New Jersey (another state!) and take the ferry across Delaware Bay rather than the shorter but less interesting drive down the Delaware coast. The boys were quite disappointed there was no "Welcome to New Jersey" sign.
|Delaware Bay from the bridge.
|On the bridge over Delaware Bay.
|Our ferry, the Delaware.
|First time on a ferry; first time on a boat.
|Heading out of Cape May, NJ.
|On Delaware Bay.
|A beautiful day on Delaware Bay.
|Our first sight of Delaware from the Bay.
|Lewes, DE, from Delaware Bay.
|Back in the car, ready to drive off.
|A gorgeous sunset from the balcony of our condo.
|The boys enjoying the sunset.
|Chris enjoying the sunset and the view.
|Last glimpse as the sun sets.
|It's the ocean!
|And the tide is coming in!
If you stay near the water, a boat trip is required. There's a rule, I'm sure. We took a dolphin watching boat ride, a 3 hour tour.
|There is also a pirate ship tour, apparently.
|Our condo from the boat.
|The boys on deck.
|An osprey nest. The huge nests were everywhere!
|Out past the lighthouse.
|A dolphin feeding near the breakwater.
Chris lived in Annapolis, MD for 4 years, so we spent Thursday on a trip of reminiscence. The boys were a little bored, but Chris really enjoyed finding his old house and schools, and visiting the US Naval Academy.
|Heading onto the Bay Bridge.
|On the Bay Bridge.
|Chesapeake Bay from the Bay Bridge.
|The Bay Bridge is incredibly long and massive.
|The Naval Academy from a scenic overlook.
|A WWII memorial at the scenic overlook.
|The WWII memorial is worth a stop.
|One of the plaques.
|Chris's old digs at the Academy.
|The Maryland capitol building.
|Chris's Annapolis middle school.
|Chris's Annapolis high school.
|Touring the US Naval Academy.
|Checking out a compass at USNA.
|Bancroft Hall, the largest single dormitory in the world.
|Playing hide & seek around Tecumseh.
|A view from the Yard.
|Walking in the Yard.
|Joining the 'children' for a story.
|An unassuming memorial.
|View of the Lightship Overfalls from the condo at night.
|View of the canal at night.
|Fisherman's Wharf, where the dolphin tour launched.
|A nautical themed playground across the canal.
|On top of a 'boat'.
|Climbing the 'lighthouse' was the best part!
|The Lightship Overfalls.
|A propeller from the Lightship Overfalls.
|Anchor from the Lightship Overfalls.
|Trying to lift the anchor chain.
|Pretending to steer the ship.
|Full ahead! No! Full stop!
|A cactus blooming on the sand dunes.
|Horseshoe crabs really are peculiar looking.
|Crossing the sand dunes to the beach.
But then it was time to head home. Driving through the Appalachians of western Maryland and West Virginia was lovely.
|The view at a stoplight in Maryland.
|Picnicking at a rest stop in western Maryland.
|A man-made mountain pass.
|Loveliness as far as the eye can see.
|Our room at the Blennerhasset Hotel.
|A treat waiting for us.
|A drive through southern Ohio.
|And a spit of Kentucky around Cincinnati.
|And finally back in Indiana.