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Mel, Madison and I went to Richmond, Va in June of 2007 to visit my parents and see Virginia. I grew up there and Mel had visited a few times but never got to do a great deal of exploring. We packed a bunch of different adventures into our trip and were exhausted when we returned back to Arizona. We started our trip with a visit to the Chesapeake Bay to stay with the Leppert’s at their new Bay house. What a relaxing way to start the trip. We hung out on their deck and dock and just tried to do as little as possible. We returned to Richmond the next day and drove around town, showing Melissa and Madison my old stomping grounds -
The Fan, St Christopher’s, West End, Kanawha Trace...

The next day we went to Williamsburg. Unfortunately, we got there just in time for a thunderstorm so we had to cut the trip short. The following day we headed west to Monticello to check out TJ's pad with a quick jaunt to Charlottesville to walk around the Lawn and grab some Virginia paraphernalia - Go Hoos!!! The Blue Ridge Mountains are such a beautiful backdrop to drive around in while absorbing history!

Next we took off to Jamestown to check out some more history. I had been there many times as a kid and it always seemed like a huge place. Returning as an adult, it surprised me how small it really is for such an important historical landmark. We finished Jamestown earlier than expected so we decided to make a return visit to Williamsburg. It was a beautiful day and we had tons of fun looking at all the old outfits and watching Madison's reaction to all the horses.

My Dad had 4 tickets to the Orioles/Diamondbacks baseball game so we finished off the trip with a visit up north to Baltimore. Before the game, we spent some time at the National Aquarium where Madison was so excited to see fish everywhere she looked. We then walked to Camden Yards and introduced Madison to Major League Baseball. She lasted about 6 innings and was exhausted from a long day of fish and sports!

We flew back to Tucson 2 days later, just in time to catch our breath from all our travels before getting back to our daily life in the desert. We had a great vacation and it was so nice to have Madison spend some quality time with Muzzy and Papa. She had the best time just hanging out with them - and getting into everything!