Monday, July 21, 2014


After a night with friends and church the next morning - we drove to Massachusetts! It turned out to be a much longer day than anticipated due to traffic and numerous stops for tolls. But, we are thankful we made it safely and woke up the next morning ready to explore Plymouth.

Plimoth Plantation was where we started. First of all, like you probably are, I was wondering about the different spellings. An explanation on our site map stated that William Bradford used various spellings but most frequently Plimoth. So, the site has adopted this spelling to differentiate them from the town and cause less confusion. Personally, I find it confusing that they are different but that's just my two cents!

It will take me all week to share about this one day we spent here! Too much to cram into one post.

We started at the Wampanoag Settlement:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Monticello and Fireworks with Friends!

Up and at it the next morning it was time to break camp and continue on our journey! We spent a lot of this day driving, but did have a fun stop at Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's home. We had gone here when I was young, but it was a new stop to everyone else in our family.

No photos allowed inside the house of course, but here are a few from outside. Rachel and I were interested to note that Jefferson's only surviving daughter lived here also with her eleven children that she home-schooled at Monticello.

They have a really fun kids portion of Monticello - it is not in the original house where of course everything is "no touch" but when we walked in this kids area the guy working in there said, "You can touch anything in here!" Super fun. They had made duplicates of many of the things in Jefferson's home so it was extra fun to be hands on. I was praising Monticello while we were there for everything was run very efficiently and well organized! We had a timed reservation and it was great and very smooth!

Next, we went to some friends house for the evening and to spend the night! Such fun to see our friends and we did fireworks too! Showers and laundry were so welcome also after camping :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mountain Camping Day Three

Our last full day in North Carolina was the Fourth of July - we started with a festive breakfast on a chilly morning! And, then headed out for a hike!


We enjoyed a picnic lunch and then some more playing in the creek followed by dinner over the fire. I remember my Dad always cooking the baked beans right in the can so am carrying on the tradition! We toasted marshmallows for s'mores and then used some fun glow toys my Mom gave us in the tent for fill-in fireworks! What a fun day!!! We finished off most days with gratitude journals all around and sweet sharing together - priceless...