So the cool thing about being in Delaware is that we are just a short drive away from so many big cities, including but not limited to Baltimore, Philly, Ocean City, and D.C.. There isn't exactly tons to do in Delaware itself after the tourists leave, but it doesn't really bother me since I'm just an hour and a half from Philadelphia. A day of extensive Yelp searching gave me some great ideas of what to check out in Historic Philly, but really it's such a huge city that I could easily spend a day there every week and never run out of things to see!
First up was "Dottie's Donuts", a vegan donut shop. It was delicious. It was a tiny little shop tucked in between a couple other places, but it was poppin. There was a steady flow of people well after breakfast hours. I tried the Peanut Butter Crunch and it was phenomenal. I was pleasantly surprised at how soft and moist my donut was for being vegan. They were even a hit with my kiddos (note Lincoln's grin!).
Next we passed this little cemetery that once held the remains of Stephen Girard. Since he was part of history in my home state, Indiana, I thought it was awesome that we passed this burial ground at Holy Trinity Church. Girard was French, born and raised poor and uneducated yet grew up to be one of America's richest men. He got a job in an American shipping company which allowed him to save money and get out of extreme debt.
Eventually Mr. Girard helped finance the War of 1812. The Mississinewa 1812 was the largest war that took place in the War of 1812 and it happened in my hometown in Indiana. It's pretty neat to travel well over 600 miles from home and find a little piece of my own local history associated with a big city like Philly.
"Freedom is a light for which many men have died in darkness."
Of course, what's a trip to historic Philly without visiting the tomb of the revolutionary soldier?
I also had a chance to do a brief viewing of the (tiny) remains of Presidents George Washington and John Adams' executive mansion. There's a pretty thought-provoking exhibit that surrounds the remains that talks about slavery, as both presidents had slaves serving them there. It was just a few steps away from the Liberty Bell exhibit, but that line was way too long; maybe my next trip can include that!
Oh Philly, I quickly have fallen in love with you since moving to Delaware. It's probably been my favorite city to visit. I've been there just three times, but there's simply nothing like an authentic Philly cheesesteak or the beauty in being surrounded by so many diverse ethnicities all at once. Until next time, Philadelphia.
One of my long-time dreams has been to visit Assateague Island where the infamous wild ponies live that made Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague" so popular in my middle school years. And oh the experience did not disappoint! There were ponies everywhere. When we first parked our car in the parking lot, a pony walked right up by our car and licked our car's bumper. It was amazing to see such beautiful creatures in such close proximity.
Assateague is part of both Maryland and Virginia; the MD side was a national park while the VA side was a state park, so on this particular trip we went to the national park since military families get into national parks for free. I would love to see the state side sometime so I can compare the two, but that's for another time! I have since gone back to Assateague with a friend but we didn't see any ponies up close. They were all grazing from a far distance, in the marshlands. I'm not sure if this has to do with the seasons of if these particular days they were just in different areas. But it was disappointing to go back a second time and not have one single pony approach us! During this first trip with my family we went during peak tourist season (so maybe the ponies know they're getting lots of camera attention?) Haha!
The cool thing about this national park is that there's literally everything to do. There's plenty of beach space for swimming or sand play, hiking trails, rentals for water sports like kayaking, and even a large campground. There's also a path along the road for bicyclists. Even though our kids are fairly young (not ideal hikers haha), we had a great time with them because a lot of the park was stroller accessible.
So this day trip was undoubtedly a success. It was fun for the kids and a memorable experience for me. And now I can cross a legit item off my bucket list. :)
Until next time~ ♥
Hey guys! I decided to add a blog to the website for a few reasons. First, because during the slower seasons when I have fewer photo shoots this will give me a way to stay updated with everyone. I can keep you all updated on photography projects, upcoming collabs, or show you some of my favorite client sessions- at the very least you will know I'm still here! Also, as most of you know my husband is now active duty Coast Guard. This means we will be moving around quite often- hence the blog's title, "A Little Bit of Everywhere". We are going to experience so many new places and our goal as a family is to explore as much of the states as possible wherever we are stationed. So I thought, what a cool way for me to share my explorations with you guys! A photo blog/journal can show you guys all the things I'm doing and seeing in each state!
This first post features photographs from- you guessed it- good ole' Windy City. Back in May my husband, son, and I took an overnight trip to Chicago to watch my husband get sworn into the Coast Guard officially. That's really when this new life of ours began, so I thought that would make a good first blog post. When we went to the recruiter's office in Chicago we realized that we may never live so close to Chi-Town again. For years we lived only a 2 hours drive from there yet never took advantage of it because we assumed we would always live in Michiana.
The street vibes in Chicago are great. I would walk all the time if I was walking by walls with murals and such colorful scenery! We walked all over downtown enjoy the city atmosphere, grabbed some Do-Rite Donuts, visited the Lincoln Park Zoo, and hit up the Peggy Noetbaert Nature Museum. The nature museum had an awesome butterfly exhibit and we even got to see some butterflies hatching right in front of us- way cool.
Our last trip to Chicago was a bittersweet one. I felt sad that I hadn't taken advantage of all the previous opportunities I'd had to photograph and explore it. But, as they say, the show must go on! And since this trip in May I have experienced so many more amazing places and day trips that I can't wait to blog about and share my experiences with you through the camera lens. ♥