Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Magical History Tour

So, I'm back from my very family vacation to the East Coast and we had a wonderful time. I took about 500 pictures with my blog in mind (although I won't post all of them!), so you can plan on a day-by-day report of the sightseeing, eating and of course the delightful in the flesh meetings with friends and fellow writers.

This trip was rich in history, first of all because our destinations--Gettysburg, Amish Country, Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville--all played an important part in American history and our collective imagination and do their best to preserve that experience today. It was also a trip into my personal past, and although I knew that on an intellectual level, actually traveling to these places brought back so many powerful memories.

We were fortunate in that the travel went smoothly and the weather was unusually mild--that is, warm, but not the steam bath the mid-Atlantic and north-of-the-south can be in August. No rain, either, just deep greenery and sunshine--and plenty of ice cream.

So, as soon as I finish up the piles of laundry and catch up on the e-mails, I'll be taking you right along with me on a trip to the past. Hoop skirts and snoods optional!

10 comments:

Emerald said...

Yay, I'm so looking forward to it! Welcome back!

Danielle said...

hey..:-) welcome back..i just "came back" from the summer hollidays with my godsons and i took..er*3500 pictures of all teh stuff we did..and hell i d like to post them all but i surely dont because no one wants to see taht kind of stuff and..its just way too much..hehe*

neve black said...

Welcome back! Oh, how I missed you, chica. ;-)

Donna said...

I missed you guys, too! Now I'm back at ya :-).

Yep, I'm going to edit, edit, but some of the photos are funny--like the ones from Intercourse, PA!

Erobintica said...

I love your travelogue posts Donna, so it will be delightful. Especially now that we've met. We're off to DC this weekend ourselves (hubby, son and me).

Welcome back (missed your posts) and enjoy the laundry. ;-)

MB (Leah) said...

Oh cool Donna. I used to live in Lancaster and have been to all those places you mentioned several times, even when I was a child.

Can't wait to see the pics and hear your stories.

Did you buy one of those coffee mugs in Intercourse? Virginia may be for Lovers, but Pennsylvania has Intercourse!. LOL

Donna said...

Hey, MB! I was born in Lancaster and we drove past the hospital where I came into the world. We bought LOTS of T shirts in Intercourse, including a few with that saying. But I don't want to give too much away yet ;-).

Remember the food in that area? Talk about carb loading!

Craig Sorensen said...

Looking forward to your posts about your trip!

Miss having you out here where we can talk face to face, but it's good to have you back in blogland.

You're too cool.

Paint and Pen said...

I am so looking forward to your trip blog(s) as I so enjoyed reading about your trip to New York. Speaking of reading, not having to work on the radio show this past week actually provided me with some time to stick my nose in a book ... yours. I fell head-over-heels in love with Amorous Woman!! It was really difficult to say good-bye to Lydia.
:)DeDe

Donna said...

Wow, DeDe, thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed Amorous Woman. Really, this has made my weekend :-).