Traveling: Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive

Unless Cristina is in the picture, it is safe to assume that she took the picture.

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Traveling: Arlington and the National Cathedral

We concluded our trip to the Washington DC area by paying our respect to our serviceman who are resting in the fields of Arlington.  It was cold rainy day.  The sun wasn’t going to make an appearance today.   But when visiting Arlington, the last thing that enters your mind is how the weather conditions are affecting you.

This is our nation’s most hallowed ground.  However, it’s not the only hallowed ground in country.  Anywhere where a solider is buried is hallowed ground whether it is Arlington or a cemetery in your neighborhood.

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Traveling: Manassas, PGT, and Stonewall



A look at First Manassas

On a very cold and blustery Ash Wednesday, we visited Manassas. Or is it Bull Run? Either way, we were walking on history.



A look at the battlefield

Bundled up under many layers, including in my case three scarves leaving me looking like an old woman, we braved the elements to see the battlefield. We were basically alone. There is a tour group, but they cheated and just look at the canons and the statue of Thomas Jackson, otherwise known as Stonewall. The wind was the bitter kind. Yet, it was a great day.


Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

The spot where Stonewall got his nickname

Being the only people in the park made for a romantic walk. We decided to do the Henry Hill House loop. I only made one Goodfella’s joke. I annoyed Cristina, in the cutest way possible, by saying in my thickest of Cajun accents Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard’s name as many times as I could.


Cannon view

A view from where Jackson's men were

The 150th anniversary of the battle is this summer. Who’s up for a road trip?

Traveling: Mount Vernon

Personally, I blame my junior high social studies club. Yes, I was that much of a nerd. The club itself was great. We had to work the social studies fair and in return we took saturday field trips to historical sites in south Louisiana. It seems we always went to at least one plantation every trip. I never enjoyed the planation trips. Too much information about the decor and not enough about the history. Then, on my trips to Washington DC as both a student and a teacher, I felt the same way about the White House. I don’t want to see place settings; I want to see history. It’s really not the building’s fault, but more of how it is presented. There have been exceptions to this rule. Windsor Castle was an amazing experience. And Mount Vernon has always been an exception.

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Traveling: Foregoing Mardi Gras for a trip to Northern Virginia

On the Saturday before Mardi gras, I usually take a trip to the bayou for the Krewe of Apollo parade in Lockport. However, this year Cristina and I didn’t go. Cristina’s sister will be moving to the DC area and wanted to check out some neighborhoods that she had been looking at online. She invited us along due to her husband being in Afghanistan. So the question became: DC or Mardi gras?

We choose DC. Don’t get me wrong, we love Mardi Gras (Cristina more than I; I’m not a huge crowd fan), but to see our nation’s capital in a slow tourist season was too good of an opportunity to pass up. So on Saturday we packed our bags and started the drive. Then the rain came. I wasn’t sure we would get out of New Orleans East.

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