The last couple of years I have done year in review posts. This always gives me a good reason to make a new post to add what I've been up to. Since I started this blog five years ago I have been adding to each Presidents page as I see more sites with a connection to each one. So if I see a new site you may not know about it unless you were scrolling through each Presidents page that I had originally posted back in 2011. And I always enjoy updating those pages.
The bulk of the historical site seeing I did this year was during an east coast trip that I took during Fourth of July week.
At the beginning of the year I started a new job and I wasn't sure their vacation policy. After a few months things were going well and I found out that after 6 months I will of accumulated one weeks vacation, I started to do some planning. This was the first time in a few years that I was able to take a full week of historic sightseeing. And I was able to work quite a bit in. But I also hit a few sites before and after the big July trip.
In February we took a day trip up to Marblehead along Lake Erie. If it stays cold enough, long enough Lake Erie accumulates a lot of ice. As it thaws, the chunks of ice wash along the shore. This is the first time that we made it up there to see the ice before it melts. It's a pretty cool thing to see!
On Memorial Day weekend the Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio opened their newly renovated Presidential library / museum. Their new displays now resemble some of the more modern Presidential libraries ran by the national archives.
A presidential podium on display at the Hayes museum
In mid-June my wife and I took a weekend getaway to the Cleveland area for our anniversary. On the trip we saw several lighthouses. Above we are at Fairport Harbor along Lake Erie.
This starts my big July trip. I got off of work at 1pm and hurried to get on the road. Our hotel was in Staunton, Virginia, so we had a long way to go. My sister Kim was able to go along on the trip with us, which was a nice added bonus. I decided to make a last minute stop in Point Pleasant, West Virginia when I noticed that we were going through there on the way. I became familiar with Point Pleasant after seeing the the movie Mothman Prophesies. Back then I showed the movie to my sister Kim and it freaked her out. So naturally as a good brother I thought that it would be funny if I unexpectedly stopped by the Mothman statue as a surprise. The urban legend of the Mothman is rooted back in the 60's when several locals claimed to see a mothlike creature. We weren't able to get very close to the statue because of a festival they were having. So we parked and stretched our legs as we enjoyed some of the festival. The look on Kim's face as we approached the Mothman statue was priceless. After awhile we got the kids some Mothman cookies and were on our way.
We made a brief stop by Madison's "Montpelier"
Theodore Roosevelt's "Pine Knot' Presidential retreat. This was one of my favorite stops of the trip. I've met a lot of people online that share this interest of visiting Presidential sites. And I don't know of anyone who has visited this site yet. I had to call ahead and arrange a tour in advance.
After the museum we hit the monument. Above is the WW2 Memorial
The White House
On the metro heading for Ford's Theatre
For me personally 2016 was a pretty good year and I have hope that 2017 will be even better.