Follow That Caboose – How it all got started

Caboose Camper back door

 

We will be sharing our adventures camping with the caboose and so I thought I would share with you where it came from, what it is, and why we bought it. I can’t wait to enjoy many camping trips with my family in the big red caboose.

“Is it a real camper?”

One of the first questions people ask us is “Is it a real camper?” Yes, it is a fully functioning camper. It has heat, air conditioning and running water. Inside is a kitchen complete with a sink, cook stove, and refrigerator. All camper sized, of course. There is also a bathroom with a toilet, shower, and sink. The caboose camper sleeps 4 people and is the perfect size for our family.

Inside the caboose camper. Take a peek at the kitchen and bathroom

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Bull Run – Manassas National Battlefield Park

Visit Manassas National Battlefield Park -  the site of the first battle in the Civil War.

 

Manassas National Park – Bull Run

When my family visited Washington DC last year we were amazed by the monument and museum in downtown DC, but as someone who loves history the best part of the trip was when our friends took us to Bull Run, Manassas National Battlefield Park. Manassas is the site of the first Battle in the Civil War.

“On July 21, 1861, two armies clashed for the first time on the fields overlooking Bull Run. Heavy fighting swept away any notion of a quick war. In August 1862, Union and Confederate armies converged for a second time on the plains of Manassas. The Confederates won a solid victory bringing them to the height of their power.“ – National Park Service

Visit Manassas National Battlefield Park -  the site of the first battle in the Civil War.

To start your visit you should check out the Henry Hill Visitor Center to receive a map, check out various exhibits and learn what the schedule is for ranger tours and other various activities. There is also a 45-minute film that covers both battles that took place at Manassas. As you walk the fields of Bull Run there are various placards explaining the battle and you can see where the cannon were. One interesting fact we learned was that Stonewall Jackson received his nickname on this very battlefield; with his stonewall of cannon and gunfire. This is a must stop for those interested in Civil War history. The peace and quiet found outside the city life of Washington DC is a special place stopped in time.

Visit Manassas National Battlefield Park -  the site of the first battle in the Civil War.

Plan your visit to Manassas National Battlefield Park today.

Are you a history buff? We recommend:

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Boston’s Freedom Trail
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Manhattan Island Cruises

If you are crunched for time you can still see many of the high points of Manhattan Island by taking a Long Island Cruise Tour. See the NY City skyline, visit Ellis Isle, and the Statue of Liberty.

See the Manhattan sights from a boat

When we visited New York we only had a few days to see all the sights so we decided one way we could see many of the high points of Manhattan Island would be to do an Island Tour. We choose the Circle-Line Sightseeing group. We loved the tour and got to see so many sights from the water. We were lucky and the year we visited it was a warm winter so we stood on the deck checking the sights, but it was nice to have a place to warm up inside occasionally.

If you are crunched for time you can still see many of the high points of Manhattan Island by taking a Long Island Cruise Tour. See the NY City skyline, visit Ellis Isle, and the Statue of Liberty.

The best part of the tour for me was when we headed out toward Liberty and Ellis Island. To see the Statue of Liberty for the first time in person was a special experience, but it was highlighted by the view of Southern Manhattan when we turned around. We could see the One World Trade Center under construction, the Empire State Building, Battery Park and the beautiful array of buildings and bridges that make up the skyline of Manhattan.

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Cheap Travel Deals for Las Vegas

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I’m far from what you would call a Vegas newbie. From 2000-2004, my parents took me to Vegas when I was in middle and high school; I returned in 2009 for spring break during my senior year of college, and again in 2013 with my former college roommate.

I am a huge fan of Vegas, even if you aren’t the gambling type. There are a lot of family-friendly shows to see, and Vegas had tried to get the word out that it can be a family-friendly destination, as well.  See all Vegas Activities at Expedia.com: 24/7 fun and excitement  [Read more...]

Alewerks Brewing Company

Alewerks Brewing Company in Williamsburg VA

I love beer. Some people love to drink wine, some prefer fancy cocktails but my go to drink whether I am out on the town or just relaxing at home is a great beer. I am not talking Budweiser or Coors Light. In the fridge right now we have New Castle and Leinenkugel’s Snow Drift Vanilla Porter.  Yumm! Some have called me a beer snob and I will happily accept that label. Whenever we travel we seek out the local microbrewery and always pay them a visit. We were so happy to find the Alewerks Brewing Company not far from our campground in Williamsburg, VA.

Alewerks Brewing Company Beers

While the list of beers on tap at any microbrewery is likely to change frequently  you can usually count on them having a few beers year round that have become well known and liked. Year round brews at Alewerks include the following:

  • Red Marker Ale  – an American Red Ale, ruby red in color as the name suggests, this has  light hoppy taste and would be a good place to start if you want to expand your palette
  • Drake Tail Ale IPA  - an American IPA, that is clean and crisp with citrus flavors and ends with a “smack of hoppy goodness”
  • Chesapeake Pale Ale  - an American Pale Ale, this is also a light hoppy beer
  • Wheat Ale – an American Style Wheat Ale, newcomers to the microbrew arena may want to steer clear of Wheat Ales, it is definitely an acquired taste
  • Washington’s Porter  Ale – an American Porter, porters are by far my favorite style of beer and this one is a great porter. If you typically don’t like dark beer but want to give it a second try then this is a good porter for you.

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