First Stop: Plymouth, MA

Sorry for the long time (for me) without a post.  We attended the Family Economics last week, and this week we’ve had a cold going around our home, which I now have.

So, yes, I am sick *again.*  (I am starting to think that I just might have a sluggish immune system – I get sick with every cold that goes around, or at least I FEEL like I do!)

Anyways.  Back to the subject at hand.

On our trip East, our first stop was Plymouth, MA.  We rented a house right on the Cape, which was lovely.  The view out of my window was the ocean.  I could hear it when I was lying in bed at night.  It was lovely.

We arrived there late Sunday evening, unloaded the trailer, and headed to bed.  The next day was spent unpacking, grocery shopping, and settling.

 

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The view from my window.  Lovely, eh?

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Random shot from the car window

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Everyone else was having fried chicken for lunch, and I had this – smoked salmon, cultured butter, and rosemary-olive oil cheese (I can’t remember exactly what type of cheese it was).  The grocery store we went to had all this awesome food – cultured butter, cheese, and fun meats.  You see what floats my boat!

Dad took me down to the beach, which was a 3/10th of a mile down the road.  We spent some time walking around, chatting, and I took plenty of photos!  Even though it was rather chilly, it was fun.  And you can’t get a landlocked Midwesterner that close to the ocean without her getting to the beach!

 

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There was lots of water running and making pretty patterns in the sand

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Ahh…water…

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Ocean!  Please come home with me!

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This one’s from the next day, when we all went down to the beach together

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Twilight

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I decided to get up at 5 one morning to take a picture of the sunrise.  Meiling insisted that she get up with me.  We went downstairs, and sat on the couch to wait.  Meiling immediately launched into this whole story about how Noah took this picture of himself blah blah blah blah.  I just sat back and told her she had WAY to much energy for 5 o’clock in the morning.  In the end, we didn’t get that amazing of a sunrise – it just got gradually lighter.

 

The next three days we spent with the Heroes, History, and Hope tour.  It was wonderful to hear the pilgrim stories and to stand where they had stood.  The first day we visited many monuments and sites in Plymouth.  Thursday was spent visiting the dock where the Mayflower II would have been (it was undergoing repairs, so we didn’t get to see it) and Plimoth Plantation.  Friday we went to the Forefather’s Monument and the pilgrim museum – I can’t remember the exact name.

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Plymouth Rock

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First Parish Church in Plymouth – this was the original church started by the pilgrims when they arrived in Plymouth.  In the 1800s, I believe, this church adopted Unitarianism…

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…and then some people separated and started the Church of the Pilgrimage, which is right next door.  The Church of the Pilgrimage – this photo and the next.

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Pilgrim sarcophagus on Cole’s Hill

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At Plimoth Plantation

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The Forefather’s Monument – it was really chilly when we were there, so we only stayed for 20 minutes instead of the two hours we had been hoping to.

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Branson Vacation – Days 2 through 4

The next day we headed back to Silver Dollar City.  It turned out to be a great day – not too hot and not too crowded.  Dad, Drake, Meiling, and Noah rode some rides while Mom and I watched and took pictures.  At about 2 we watched the show “Luma,” which was pretty good.  After lunch, we split up – Dad took all of the children to tour Marvel Cave while Mom went to the shops.

The cave was awesome!  I am so glad we went.  It was definitely different from my last caving experience, which was in a much smaller cave without lights or walkways.  Marvel cave had walkways, stairs, lights, and a train to take you the rest of the way out, and it was quite large.

On Saturday morning and early afternoon, Mom and I went shopping while the boys went swimming.  We picked out some games, since we had forgotten to bring any with.  The two we purchased are “Angry Birds:  On Thin Ice” and “Dicecapades.”  I really liked the second game, and the Angry Birds game was fun too.

After coming home from shopping, we just chilled, or as my brother would put it, we were chillaxing. 

Sunday wasn’t all that exciting, either.  We went to church, ate lunch, and I had a nap, as well as a most of my family.  We played Dicecapades in the evening.

I didn’t mention in my last post, but we did some grocery shopping after going to Silver Dollar City on Thursday.  This wouldn’t be exciting except for one little thing – WE GOT POP-TARTS!  I love Pop-Tarts.  I know, I know.  I try to eat healthy, and I love Pop-Tarts.  But.  We were on vacation.  And they were SO good.  So imagine, if you will, me eating at least one each morning after breakfast.  Mmmmm…

Be forewarned: there are lots of pictures in this post.  So many that I am postponing the Dicecapades pictures until tomorrow.

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Friday – Meiling and Drake being silly

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The view from our condo’s balcony

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At Silver Dollar City – pretty flowers

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Riding the swings

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More pretty flowers

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There are all kinds of interesting signs

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Still more pretty flowers

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While everybody else was in line for a ride, I had some fun with Mom and Drake

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Lovely fountain

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Drake has those toe shoes (although you can see that in the photo so this caption is totally unnecessary)

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Dad, Meiling, and Noah on a roller coaster

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Look!  Even more pretty flowers!

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On the teacup ride

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An interesting brick pattern on the ground

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We stepped into one of the shops, and this potter was making pie plates.  It reminded me of Isaiah 64:8 –

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our
potter;
we are all the work of your hand.”

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Meiling being funny while we waited for lunch

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Marvel Cave

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A hole in the roof of the cave, looking to the ceiling

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Looking back up (these are not the greatest pictures)

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Isn’t God’s creation amazing?  The photos can’t and don’t do the real thing justice.

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This photo is so pink because the waterfall was lit  🙂

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While we were waiting for the train to start (still in the cave), I started getting a little panicky.  Meiling solved the problem by saying, ”Look at me!  I’ll just make funny faces!”

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After the cave, we met back up with Mom.  Dad and Noah went on another roller coaster…

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…while we road the train (a different train than the one that is in the cave)

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Saturday, on a walk – my first successful sunset!

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Playing at the playground

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My wonderful Drake

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Down a gravel road to the lake – this reminded us of walking down our old county road to the creek!

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My little peanut butter throwing rocks

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*swish*

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I love the reflection

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Walking back to the condo