To the CSA we go! NJ to VA!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
Trip End Jul 13, 2013

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Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center Chantilly
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of United States  , Virginia
Monday, July 8, 2013

I'd like to say that this trip started off magically. That our morning was brightened by a sun cresting over the Allamuchy Range waiting to shine down on us the great possibilities of the day that lay ahead. 

However, two of our stupid cats....Rocky and Paulie to be specific...decided that Mom and Dad didn't need any sleep! Nope, they were quite content to run around like 7th graders after three cans of Red Bull ALL night. We sprayed them with water results. We lured them in with food hoping to lull them to sleep....apparently they just got a bit fatter in the process. We even separated them into different rooms! Alas, our cats were determined to make sure that the original wake up time of 5am was instead....every 20 mins....all night. Jerks.

Anyway....5am rolls around......
Jen decided to go for a morning run while I tended to loading up the car. We were out the door at 630 after a tearful goodbye to our cats (we didn't hug Rocky and Paulie nearly as much as usualy...that's their punishment!). Leaving our peaceful valley we set our sights on the great state of Pennsylvania! And by great I mean horrendously awful. 

You see, I have a gripe with Pennsylvania. If I ever wrote a travel guide for visitors coming to the United States I would most likely omit this commonwealth all together! Yep, there would just be a big hole between New Jersey and Ohio with a little text box saying, "Nothing to see here folks!" It's not that it's a bad state. It's that it's a super depressing state. Imagine New Jersey minus any hint of awesome. Now add rusted out trucks driven by what I can only assume are convicts on the lamb toting Confederate Flags that probably cost them a weeks salary and you get Pennsylvania. Don't even bother trying to convince me that some areas are worth seeing. I've been to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Scranton...and yes...even Allentown. They all depress me. And in my eyes, Pennsylvania is simply a huge obstruction to seeing the rest of the country. 

After we escaped Pennsylvania it was on to eight whole minutes of Delaware (eight too many if you ask me) followed by Maryland (we cool MD. we cool). Finally....Virginia! Home of....uhhh....more fast food restaurants per capita than any state but Mississippi! And Jefferson, Washington, Lee etc. Also...the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center! 

This museum essentially houses the collection that can't fit in the Air and Space Museum in DC. Included is the famous B-29 Super Fortress "Enola Gay," an Air France Concorde, an XF-35 (our most advanced fighter jet) and the Space Shuttle Discovery. The museum has an open floor concept so it's a bit overwhelming to take in. Check out my photos for some of the highlights. The space center was easily the most impressive. Here, Jen and I were both a bit overcome with pride and a certain longing to see the United States return to space. Maybe someday. 

We spent about two hours at the Udvar-Hazy center before continuing on to Newport News, Virginia. See you there!

BTW: Here is a great video of Discovery lifting off! Make sure to play in HD, full screen...and turn up those speakers!
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