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Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Friday, August 27, 2010

A Lizzie Update:

We got to spend a few minutes with Matt and Sara this morning before we headed out. They live in Alexandria, which is perfect because it is right next to the two things we wanted to visit: Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon. 

We set off again with a full car towards Arlington National Cemetery. I have been there before, but Doug had not. We arrived and decided to take the ipod self guided tour for $6 each. The vastness of the cemetery always blows me away. We visited JFK's burial site, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Robert E Lee's house. We learned some really interesting things about Robert E Lee's house. See photos if you want some history. As we were leaving, we noticed the massive line at the cemetery which should have tipped us off for our next stop. 

We drove out to Mount Vernon with hopes of visiting the home of George Washington. (Actually, we really wanted to see his teeth.) When we arrived, we were greeted with a MASSIVE line to get in. It was quite amazing, so instead of going into the grounds, we decided to drive through the parking lot to take advantage of the wide range of license plates. Doug started the license plate game one day while I was asleep. He already has a majority of the states checked off, but as we drove around Mount Vernon we were able to check off Alaska, Wyoming, Oregon, and a few other hard to find states. I know it sounds dorky, but we got pretty excited. Hawaii will be the hardest to find.  Thank you Mount Vernon!

Upon leaving our nation's capitol, we saw two apache helicopters fly right over us as we crossed the Potomac. It was very cool and surreal at the same time. Doug drove (as usual) and I took a nap (as usual). Harrisburg is only two hours from DC without traffic. 

We arrived in Harrisburg, Pa, and headed to Doug's childhood home. On the way there I got to see little things like his vet, where his bus stop was (which was up 2 different hills!!) and other awesome memories. When we arrived at his old house, we drove by stalker like and stopped in front of the house. The owner of the house was packing her car to head out for the weekend. I hopped out and asked her if we could take a picture in front of her house. She was super friendly and invited us in after I told her DB grew up in this house. We got to see the first level of the house and DB's reaction to the house was "A lot was the same a lot was different." 
She said DB, "You have a sister, right?" DB said, "Yes, she was older than him." So I had to ask how she knew he had a sister. Evidently, when they were cleaning something or renovating some room they found a picture of baby Jenni and Doug. Pretty random. 
She told us to go check out the back yard and take as many pictures as we wanted. We went to the old pier where DB took a great picture. I got to see where they went sledding and I am amazed how Jenni and DB are still alive. 

(note for the DB family -- the house is pretty much still the same. They added a pool in back and it looks really nice. The hot tub is still there, the add-on to the garage that pop built is still there, the basketball hoop we put in is still there, the dock out back, and the trees in front are still the same (although MUCH taller)... it was really cool seeing the place after so many years)
We also stopped at his grandmother's old house and his high school. I learned that DB's dad grew up in a historic house. The founder of Wormleysburg built the house many years before his grandmother purchased it. It was beautiful with an awesome view of downtown Harrisburg and the capitol - which is very stately. I can understand why it was voted #1 most beautiful state house in the nation.

Ready for some sweets, DB and I headed to Hershey's Chocolate World. OMG. That place rocks. We went all out and watched the 3D video (which was slightly better than the coke world one (albeit certainly less cracked out)), the free chocolate ride with singing cows, the Chocolate Tasting and a MAKE YOUR OWN BAR!. First of all, the chocolate tasting was set up like a wine tasting. They gave you 4 types of chocolate to taste, a bottle of water (to cleanse the palate) and a chocolate drink. They gave us a lesson on the cocoa bean, how to taste chocolate and how to pick out the flavors we had to taste. It was really fun. THEN, we got to make our own chocolate bars. 

To make your own chocolate bar, you must wear a hair net, apron and (The best) a beard net! We got to choose what fillings our chocolate would have, then if it would have sprinkles or not. Then you watch as your chocolate bar is made. Then you get to design the wrapper. See our photos if you want to view the beautiful works of art we have made. This was really fun and we were really excited to do it. The line moves pretty slow, but it was worth the wait. 

Then, we had the wise idea to finish at Chocolate World by visiting the gift shop. Bad idea. After filling up a basket of chocolate, we headed to check out. Now we know what we value...chocolate. Pretty sure we spent more on chocolate than we have on food for the entire week so far. :) (that is accurate) This makes me happy.

 In other news: I am waiting for Bean to decide when he/she wants to enter the world. Bean, come on...I know your mom is ready. :) Hugs to you Courts and Ken.

Also, somehow I left MY MOM off of the blog list. She was added last night, but I still feel the need to send her some extra love! Sorry Mom! LOVE YOU.

(italicized notes added by doug)
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Courtney on

I hope to get to the magical place of chocolate one day....looks like it's right up my alley! And believe me, I'm ready for Bean to come, too. Looks like induction will be the way we go! Stick by your phone on Monday for updates. :)

Jamie on

We went last March to Hershey's Chocolate World and we went to the Hershey Spa too.. it was a blast!

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