January 5, 2011
Wildlife in Maryland
In Gaithersburg, Maryland, where Danielle’s grandmother lives, we tracked the deer that live in the area. We were told they go to houses during the night to see if anyone left any food for them (which Danielle’s grandmother always does). The number of animals out during the day was amazing—there were all kind of birds, and it was the first time I had seen squirrels.
January 6, 2011
Family Time in Virginia Beach
The sunset waiting for us in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where Danielle’s parents live, was spectacular. This picture was taken after we drove through the endless Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, laughing at how many times we were diving into the ocean and coming back up again. We took Danielle’s niece and nephew to the Virginia Beach Aquarium, where Danielle's nephew and I didn't want to leave the submarine room.
January 7, 2011
The Ghosts of Savannah
It was shocking to go from the cold and snowy north to the strange and beautiful weather in Savannah, Georgia. After I got out of the car, I spent at least 10 minutes laughing and not being able to believe that we were in such a different place. Excited after watching tons of ‟Ghost Hunters” on TV, I knew Savannah is the most haunted city in the U.S., so I started looking for a ghost tour. The city has at least 20 different possibilities. Danielle and I toured Sorrel Weed House, which ‟Ghost Hunters” had been to, adding more excitement to our experience. Overall, I found Savannah to be a city frozen in time, one that knew how to preserve its personality.
January 8, 2011
Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga
Danielle has friends in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and we met up with them at Lookout Mountain. We had been feeling ready for more outdoor adventures, so this was perfect. After rock climbing, we went to Good Dog, the greatest hot dog place I’ve ever been to. The restaurant has special tables with holes to hold the cones of French fries and an exotic variety of hot dogs (even vegetarian ones). We also checked out the Hunter Museum of American Art, pictured above.