Unfortunately, we had such good visits with convivial conversations that we forgot about taking photos of our hosts and locales during this trip.
Today was an 9-hour drive of 527 miles to visit Kent's mom's cousin (Kent's first cousin once removed?) Mary J in Mount Juliet, TN. We took the scenic route recommended by Mary's son-in-law, Al W. Beautiful countryside, despite the rain and clouds.
|Farm on Route 109|
|Middle Tennessee BBQ sandwich|
|We don't have a recent photo, but this is Mary on the right,|
with her cousin, Bob H, and daughter, Maryann T (c. 1955)
Sunday, March 13, 2016
We had gained one hour due to the Central Time Zone, and then lost it to Daylight Saving Time this morning!
After a comfortable night at Mary and Al's B&B, we headed south.
Fog was lifting from Old Hickory Lake.
|The camera corrected for some of the fog!|
|Although not yet peak season, these azaleas were in bloom|
We were here to take care of some family tasks and projects.
|Hammy & Bert (taken by neighbor Carolyn H)|
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Heading south again, this time an 8-hour drive of 469 miles, to Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Tampa, FL. We lost an hour as we were now back in the Eastern Time Zone.
|Tampa Bay Brewing Company|
Afterwards we continued to Mike and Donna's place for more family projects.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Off again, this time heading north, but not yet homeward. We traveled 9.5 hours for 610 miles, ending up in a Fairfield Inn in Fayettesville, NC.
Friday, March 18, 2016
Today we only had a 5.5-hour drive for about 340 miles to Gaithersburg, MD. We were able to check in early at TownePlace Suites, and walked to the nearby Dogfish Head Alehouse for a late lunch.
Since Kent wasn't feeling well, I went into Washington, DC by myself to see the cherry blossoms, which I had read would peak on March 18. It was a nice sunny day, and I knew it would rain tomorrow, so I took advantage of today's weather.
I took the DC Metro to the Smithsonian.
|The Renwick Gates (c. 1987, adapted from 1849 design|
by the Smithsonian Castle architect James Renwick, Jr)
|Enid A Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle|
(1855, by James Renwick, Jr in Norman style)
|Magnolia x soulangeana|
|The magnolia blossoms were already dropping;|
note the blue Chionodoxa luciliae/Glory of the Snow
|Moorish-inspired wall fountain (2014)|
|Statue (1978 by Leonard Baskin) of|
Spencer Fullerton Baird,
2nd Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
|The new National Museum of African American History and Culture|
(2015, to open in September 2016)
|Washington Monument (1848-1888)|
|Cherry trees around the Tidal Basin|
|One cherry blossom|
|Jefferson Memorial (1939-1943,|
designed by John Russell Pope)
Saturday, March 19, 2016
As promised, it rained today, with some snow mixed in! Erich came to join us for breakfast, and we took care of more family tasks and projects. After a tasty lunch at Peter Chang's in Rockville, MD, we went to Dylan's birthday party, held at Shadowland (a laser tag arena) in Gaithersburg, MD. It was located only a stone's throw from Erich's new apartment.
|Dylan is suited up for laser tag|
|The birthday cake for the Nerf-themed party|
|Can you see that the candles have blue or green flames?|
|The camouflage cupcake tower|
|Someone got an eye with his slice of cake!|
|Dylan is about to show the card he picked for a magic trick|
(and Spencer, the party staff person, never did guess the correct card!)
Sunday, March 20, 2016
On the road again, heading home for 5.25 hours and 337 miles. We were happy to have seen so many family members, and to accomplish a few projects.