On Sunday we went to James Monroe’s house, the 4th President. The house was named Ash Lawn-Highland. After that we went to Michie’s Tavern, a really old restaurant and hotel. The hotel was built in 1784. We ate lunch there and then got a tour, during which we got to play an old card game that they would have played in the 1700’s. Afterward, we went to Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. His house had many cool features and he had collected many interesting objects.
Monday, April 12, 2010
For Spring Break we went to the mountains of Virginia. On the first day, we went to the Luray Caverns. There we saw a rock formation that looked like fried eggs, and a white one that looked like a ghost. After that we went to an old car museum. Wes really liked the old cars. That afternoon we went snow tubing. This was one of the most exciting things we did, but one of the coldest. We were all surprised that there was still enough snow to go tubing.
The next day we went to an indoor water park. Wes went on a ride where there were waves like he was riding a surfboard. My dad and I went on big slides and we all went in the lazy river and the water jungle gym. There was a huge barrel of water that splashed over the gym every few minutes. Once, it poured out on Wes and knocked him down and he was pretty scraped up, unfortunately!
On Tuesday, we drove across Virginia to go to George Washington’s house, also known as Mount Vernon. We got to see slave quarters and lots of buildings from long ago. We got to see all of George Washington’s house, his belongings, and his grave. On Wednesday, we went back to the water park in the morning. That afternoon, we went hiking on a mountain ridge. It was a beautiful view!
Our last day, we traveled to Appomattox, where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at the end of the Civil War. There were many artifacts found after the war ended and it was really interesting to learn more about our country’s history.
That was our amazing Spring Break!
Alyssa and Wes