Posts Tagged ‘trip’

The Jousting Tournament


18 Oct

Knight-Helmets

 

 

I’ve been trying to find different activities for one of my homeschooling groups, and then I remembered this activity that I had seen mentioned years ago, and never went to. I went searching for it a month or two ago and I was in luck! They still have it. It’s a Jousting Tournament. This is the kind of oddball event that homeschoolers should be on the lookout for, and take advantage of by going!

This event is a 3-day event from Friday until Sunday. Friday is the “practice” day, and Saturday and Sunday are the actual tournament days. It isn’t an actual “Renaissance Faire” but has a lot of similarities to one, I believe. Along with the jousting they had various other demonstrations, people in medieval garb, and different activities available.

Even though today was a weekday, I was pretty surprised at the turnout. There were a variety of couples and small groups, some mothers or families with small children, and a good amount of school groups. I can only imagine how chaotic and crowded it may end up being during the actual event over the weekend though. I’m glad we were able to go today when it was a slower pace, and with fewer people around.

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A Day of Museums


17 May

Day 11, Saturday, May 11, 2013

Well, the weather report had said that Saturday was going to be a rainy day, so I planned ahead of time that this would be the day we’d do both the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and Natural History Museum. I had hoped to be done with the American History by lunch, eat lunch, and then head on over to the Natural History Museum, but by lunch we had only finished ONE of the three floors! I decided we’d eat lunch and then cover the rest a bit quicker, but it was probably at least 1:30 or 2:00 before we finished seeing the American History Museum, and that was with half the museum closed for renovations! It was interesting, but sadly lacking a lot of the things I remembered, or had hoped to see. I didn’t even realize until just now the Foucault Pendulum is gone! I looked it up and found out it was removed in the late ’90s.

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What do you do in DC? You WALK!


10 May

Day 8, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This day was a total wash, seeing as how, other than a trip to IHOP (I didn’t feel like making our regular smoothies for breakfast) and a stop at Target for some items, we spent the whole day in the hotel room. Last week in Virginia it was often cold and windy and I had to battle my son to wear his coat (which he insisted he didn’t need on some days, even though it was quite cool) and along with the rainy experience from Tuesday, it finally caught up with him and he had a bad cold. I had heard it coming for a few days, but after the day in the rain and him waking up sounding horrible, we decided to stay in the hotel room despite our desire to head out and explore the city in better weather.

We spent the day resting and he received a healthy dose of juice, tea, soup, and some medicine to help out his cold.

Day 9, Thursday, May 9, 2013

After Wednesday’s not-so-fun hotel seclusion, we really wanted to be out and about, and we were both relieved when my son woke up feeling and sounding much better. I knew from the weather reports that it was going to be a glorious day, weatherwise and I had time to make up due to missing the day previously and not being able to do anything. Also, there was the fact I had pre-purchased tickets for a show at Ford’s theater on Thursday and I really didn’t want to have to forfeit on the tickets. So, we ate breakfast, got dressed, and decided to make the most of our day!

Ford’s Theater is an interesting place to visit. They have a museum inside you’re allowed to see that’s part of your ticket, and I also paid to see a performance they had going on there called, “One Destiny,” a skit that featured two men who portrayed several men (including Mr. Ford) who were (more…)

Driving, Gorgeous Land, and Rain!


09 May

Day 6, Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday we actually didn’t get to do a whole lot of stuff, because this was the day we drove to our second hotel in northern Virginia so we are closer to D.C.

On the way up I happened to catch a glimpse of one of those famous brown history signs and asked my son if he wanted to go to a battlefield. He was up for it, so off to Fredericksburg we went. We went to the visitor center where the man working there gave us a nice little talk and then we followed the trail they had along with various signs explaining the battle and things we saw along the trail.

There was a house that was actually there during the battle and it displayed bullet holes as proof. There was an actual part, as well as a reconstructed area, of a stone wall that was there the Rebel army hid behind, as well as some monuments and a soldier cemetery, where there were something like 30,000 buried, but most in mass graves because only less than 3,000 could be identified.

We also had time at the end of the day to sneak in a visit to Mount Vernon , though we really should have had more time for it.  (more…)

Did I mention that


05 May

Virginia is GORGEOUS?!! Green. Green. GREEN. Lots of trees. It’s just a beautiful place, and driving it is so much fun! Dealing with the expressway signs isn’t always the easiest thing in the world here in Virginia, but so far I haven’t managed to get TOO lost. Yesterday was an exception though, and even though I was lost I was having FUN because it was just so beautiful to be driving through the area, I didn’t care at the time if I was driving 10 or 20 miles out of the way(I didn’t actually, it ended up circling back around like I thought it would – eventually.)

Day 5, May 5, 2013

Anyway, today we headed out for Jamestown Settlement and our second day of Williamsburg. Jamestown had different areas, which started off with a museum-type exhibit with various artifacts (more…)

Well, it’s upon us. The ultimate homeschooling trip….


04 May

Earlier in the year I mentioned that we were fundraising for a trip to Washington, D.C. and now we’re here!!! We caught a late flight and arrived in Virginia this past Wednesday morning! Two weeks. Virginia. DC. Sites and monuments. One heck of a trip!!

I admit I was a BIT nervous. I have never taken a trip of this length before, but the days are going by quickly and it’s going quite well! I came well armed with a stack of Google directions for places to go and so far they haven’t led me too far astray.

Day 1, Wednesday May 1, 2013

We arrived tired after a red-eye flight but were excited to be here. We got breakfast and then were on our way to finding stuff since check-in wasn’t until late afternoon. We went to see Shirley Plantation. A glorious house that still has private residents living there, with tons of history. The thing that stood out for me was this was where Robert E. Lee’s mother grew up and got married. Interesting stuff. We went on the tour and it was just four of us and the tour guide and my son was able to ask questions to his heart content. Loved it!
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