Contemporary Hotel

This hotel reminds me of the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner. It opened in 1971 and makes for an easy escape from the Magic Kingdom in the middle of the day when kids are hot, hungry and exhausted.

“I can’t believe this hotel still looks good and isn’t broken down. It’s really old,” Ellie admired.

Atlantic Ocean

Finally, the “are we in Florida yet?” was answered with a “yes.” The kids were great on the road as we hustled from one place to another. The cabins at the KOA along the way were fun and kept the kids amused but nothing matched our final stop in Florida. No work and all play, living life the kids way!

Monticello & Magnolia Plantation

The kids really enjoyed Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home and plantation. Elizabeth was fascinated with Jefferson’s inventions including a door that spins to serve food in the tea room. The kids learned about the life of the slaves and those who were also members of the Jefferson family. Elizabeth was intrigued to learn about Sally Hemming, a woman Jefferson loved and enslaved at the same time.

Our second plantation was owned by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation. It is a beautiful property located in Charleston, South Carolina. James was amused by the “Heehawks,” as they followed us around. He was very impressed when they spread their feathers into a magnificent plume. James also looked into the rivers from a safe distance to see if he could spot alligators. The whole time hearing the distinctive call of the Heehawk.

Washington DC

The Family Vacation, which was also an ¬†American history field trip, continued with a stop in the nation’s capital – Washington DC. We are in a very difficult period between Canada and America. This is something that I would have never imagined for my children a few years ago – a boycott and a trade war with our American neighbours.

We went on a 2 week road trip and during that time we did not see another Canadian license plate. It was a noticeable absence. While we are experiencing a challenging time with our American neighbours we chose to go south anyway because we believe the history is important for the kids to learn and we wanted them to meet their American cousins. This helped them understand who our southern friends and family are despite our turbulent days.

Emma was anxious to get on to the final destination – Florida – so was not happy to be in D.C. because it meant she would “Do a lot of walking that is getting us nowhere!”