Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Washington D.C. in June Part 1

My 9yo daughter and I recently returned from a memorable trip to the east coast.  It started with some wonderful time spent in the very green and cozy Ferrum College campus in Ferrum, Virginia; site of the Charlotte Mason Institute Conference.  This was a great event.  Both my daughter and I found comfort and comradery in an amazing CM community.  Everyone we met was lovely and I'm, honestly, still mulling over the abundance of thoughts and wisdom I gained.

The lake was her favorite spot on the campus.
Energized and refreshed we headed to D.C. for a special mother-daughter sightseeing vacation.   I've done this trip before with my oldest daughter and knowing well that my girls are two unique individuals I wasn't quiet sure what our destinations points would be this time. Well, I was right.  I ended up visiting different places because my nature girl had a few things already in mind ; )

After attending mass at the nearby church of St. Mary in Alexandria we headed to George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate (just a gorgeous drive down the Parkway along the Potomac):

She's trying to figure out what she wants to add to her nature journal

 She chose the Cone Flower ; ) because it was the pinkest one there

"Look he practiced copy work too!"  She couldn't get over that.


Next, we spent some time near the National Mall and nearby monuments; as well a quick look at the White House:

Thus, concluded our very busy first day in the D.C. area.  I'll leave you with this friends:

There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”  
-George Washington
address to Congress, 8 January, 1790


Amanda said...

Jenny, I miss you already!

We enjoyed our short time with you.

Your D.C. photos are beautiful!

Eva said...

This looks like a lovely trip. What did you especially like about the conference? So nice to see a picture of your daughter.

Jenny said...

Oh, thanks Amanda. I hope I can comeback soon!

Jenny said...

Eva, your pictures have been wonderful...what a great experience for all of you.

Eva said...

Thank you.