Autumn Trip to Erie

Erie autumn

I realized today how long it’s been since I posted. My excuse? We took a two-week trip in October to be with Mike’s folks in Erie for Grandpa’s 84th birthday. Of course, since we were heading north, we took a little detour to see Ben and family for a weekend. It’s a real treat, too, to take a road trip in the fall. We saw beautiful fall colors all along and visited in Erie when the autumn colors were at their peak.

Join us for some highlights of our trip and a link to our trip slideshow.

A Stop in DC

While in DC, we enjoyed a little walk and some time at the playground at Jones Point Park, a small park that sits directly under I-95 and is part of the National Park Service’s George Washington Memorial Parkway. Besides their playground and the bike path along the Potomac, we visited the last remaining riverine lighthouse in Virginia and saw survey markers for laying out the District of Columbia.

After our time in the park, we stopped in Alexandria, Virginia, at a little shop, Fleurir, to buy handmade chocolates for Grandpa’s birthday present.

On a different day, we visited another part of the National Park Service, Theodore Roosevelt Island. We enjoyed walking through the woods and picnicked underneath Teddy’s giant statue. The island is in-between the Iwo Jima memorial on the western side of the Potomac and the Kennedy Center on the opposite bank.

Our Week in Erie

We enjoyed more autumn colors as we drove through Maryland on our way to Erie for a week with Grandma and Grandpa. On a Saturday afternoon, we took a day trip to visit friends in Buffalo and to see Niagara Falls in the afternoon. It was cold and damp, but we enjoyed our time on the American side of the falls. I’d never seen the falls from below, so I was really delighted that it only cost $1 to go out on the Maid of the Mist observation tower and to go down their elevator to see the foot of the American Falls.

The colors in Erie were absolutely breath-taking. If you’d like to see photos of some beautiful colors, you’ll see them in our slideshow.

Enjoying the Autumn Colors of the Smokies

After our visit, we took a few days to drive home, taking a route through the Smokey Mountains to see friends. We’ve included some photos from our short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were amazed that it snowed on our route in Virginia and Tennessee, just one week after we’d driven through the area.

Follow this link for a larger version of the slideshow below with photos of our family time and trip.

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