New York City, Baltimore, Washington & Boston

Our Vacation in June 2005

     While Jennie was visiting London, Kit and Carl planned an extended vacation that would include the largest NE cities and include a week youth mission trip. The first stop on this journey was Staunton VA to spend the night before a visit to the University of Virginia in Charlottsville.

     After a comprehensive orientation and nice tour of the campus, we drove to Carlisle Barracks PA to spend the night on our way to New York. We arrived at the Navy Lodge on Staten Island---our lodging for this leg---at 1300 on Thursday, 21 June 2005. We checked in and immediately caught the Staten Island Ferry to Manhattan.

      In NYC we traveled all around on the subway visiting The Battery, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the American History Museum and Hoboken NJ. We saw "The Producers" and had supper at one of our favorites, John's Pizza on 42nd St.

     Concluding our visit to NYC, we left the Navy Lodge on Sunday and headed for Maryland where we joined up with our friends from Wesley. Our mission trip was to assist a group called Helping Up Mission in Baltimore's inner city (see for more pictures). We were fortuanate to be able to have an evening in Baltimore's Inner Harbor where we had supper and then attended an Oriels game at Oriel Park in Camden Yard.

     Kit and I parted with our Wesley friends on 2 July and spent the night at Bolling AFB. On 3 July, we caught an Amtrak train to Boston. We arrived in Boston around 1530 and immediately ran to our hotel to check-in. After checking-in to room 322 at the Harborside Inn, we ran to the Hatch shell along the Charles River. We were fortunate to get in around 1730 to wait for the 1930 performance of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Even though this was 3 July, the Pops performed virtually the exact show they would perform on 4 July (including the 1812 Overture with cannons).

    On 4 July Kit and I walked part of the Freedom Trail and looked at many historical things in downtown Boston. We had lunch at the waterfront Legal Seafood. That evening, we took the "T" to the other side of the Charles River where we observed the 4th of July fireworks. After a long walk back accross the Charles, we finally made it to our hotel.

     On the 5th, we packed our bags and borded an Amtrak train back to Washington DC, claimed our car from Naval Annex Annacostia and headed to the Marine Lodge at Quantico for the evening. The next morning, we drove to Clemson for a self-guided tour of the campus and an overnight at the Comfort Inn Suites.

     In the morning, we packed for the last day of our vacation. We drove to Atlanta to pickup Jennie whom had spent the night at the Comfort Inn Suites, Virginia Ave.

(click below for pictures of our trip.)


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