Monday, April 11, 2011

Vacation recap

While most of my friends, family, and colleagues headed to warm climates for spring break, we headed East and only a little South. First stop, Gettysburg, PA.

Abe Lincoln sits outside the Gettysburg museum. On a non-rainy day, you can sit and have your picture taken with him! The cyclorama inside is a MUST SEE!

It was a cold blustery day, but there were still some photo opps. I like this red barn behind the wood fence, and might frame it to commemorate our visit.

We may go back again when the weather is better and spend a few more days. There are lots of great shops in the downtown area and lots of old buildings to tour. Great architecture in Gettysburg!

After arriving at the resort and getting a good nights rest, we drove a short distance to Atlantic City. I was excited to walk the Boardwalk! We didn't see all of it. Again, it was quite windy and cool. The ocean reminded me of Lake Michigan. Here we went off the Boardwalk to get a closer look at the ocean and pick up a few shells. You can see some of the shop behind us. That's me in the middle with my husband and mother-in-law.

You may be wondering why we went east and not south. The Reading Terminal Market is "why." Downtown Philadelphia has a wonderful indoor market. Poultry, beef, flowers, produce, books, seafood, cheese, bread, sweets. Almost anything you desire can be found at the market. Plenty of food stands and eating areas. One-stop-shopping for downtowners.

A 5 block walk from the market, through Chinatown, is the historic area. The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, US Mint, Betsy Ross' house, lots of halls and architecture. Philadelphia is another city that requires 2-3 days to take it all in.

We returned to Michigan and our first 80 degree day of the year! With nearly 40 orders to package and prep for shipping, loads of laundry to do, I snuck out for 20 minutes of raking the yard before I felt the pain of a nice blister!

Tomorrow I'll finish packaging orders and will work on prepping for a spring craft show on Wednesday! After that, it's back to business as usual. I hope.