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Halloween 2016

:: Tags: Awesome, Holiday's, Weekend Excursion

The Grim Reaper sporting a broken down hearse limo in a neighbors front yard – Arlington, VA.

Here is a mixed collection of photos from some of our Halloween outings and excursions for this year. I think the highlight of this year would have to be the Zombie Paintball Hayride event at Scream Land Farms…. it was not quite what I expected, but it was still a lot of fun! We hope you enjoy the photos.
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Boating at Wades Bay

:: Tags: Boating, Family, Photo, Weekend Excursion

M/V ‘Our Pleasure’ anchored close to the shoreline” – Wades Bay, Nanjemoy, MD.

All summer we’ve been talking about making a run down river to an area where the water is a little cleaner and the ‘Hydrilla’ doesn’t grow as thick as it does in Belmont Bay. Our boating friends Charlie and Nichole made a day trip down river a couple of weeks ago and they said that Wades Bay was totally Hydrilla free and the deep water would allow for a near shore line anchorage. So this weekend we decided to make the hour long boat ride down river for some different scenery and shark tooth hunting at Wades Bay. We asked Mike and Melissa to join us for the day and they excepted making it an even more enjoyable outing. The water was a little bit on the cool side, but the weather held and it turned out to be a great day. Can’t wait to do it again next summer!
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NYC Meeting Trip

:: Tags: Family, Travel, Weekend Excursion

“Enjoying Amtrak’s Business Class on the Northeastern line to New York City” – New York, NY.

For this years spring trip to New York City, Julie and I decided to take the train instead of flying. Just the lowered stress level alone of traveling by train rather than fighting lines in the airport made this trip so much nicer. I thing we will take the train from now on when traveling to New York. One sad note… Penn Station is still a shit hole! Why can’t the city officials get their act’s together and remodel or at least try to clean that place up?! Washington, DC did a fantastic job remodeling and modernizing Union Station!
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Dylan’s First Circus

:: Tags: Dylan, Event, Fun, Weekend Excursion

“Dylan sporting his big red clown nose!” – Verizon Center, Washington, DC.

This weekend, Julie and I took Dylan, Uncle Mike and the Grandparents to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Verizon Center. I haven’t been to a circus since I was a kid and Dylan has never been to one, so this little excursion was sure to be a hit! It seemed to me that there were a lot more acts and animals when I saw it as a kid. I remember there being monkeys, polar bears and even Russian Cossack’s performing stunts on horse back. Thank goodness they still had the elephants and the lion cage. All in all it was a great show and Dylan really enjoyed it!
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Dylan’s Day Out With Thomas

:: Tags: Dylan, Family, Photo, Weekend Excursion

Dylan working the brakes on an antique locomotive – B & O Railroad Museum – Baltimore, MD

I’m not quite sure where Julie first heard about this… maybe it was a neighbor or one of the other parents at school, but our family adventure to Baltimore would turn out to be a fun filled day for the Vanderbilt’s! If you know Dylan at all, then you know he has a huge obsession with Thomas The Train and trains in general. He wants to ride them, drive them, crash them and if possible dismantle them. Here are some photos from our adventure with ‘Thomas the Train’ at the B & O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Dylan At The Kids Park

:: Tags: Dylan, Photo, Weekend Excursion

Dylan at the wheel of the kids pretend school bus rides – McLean, VA.

With all the nice weather we’ve been having lately, Julie decided to take Dylan out to one of the popular kids park over in McLean. It’s the kind of place that is just packed with kids whenever the temperature goes above 60 degrees. Dylan had a blast and here are some photos from his adventure.
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Labor Day Weekend…

:: Tags: Boating, Photo, Weekend Excursion

The view off the stern of ‘Our Pleasure’ while on our way back during sunset!

I know this post is a little late, but I’m just getting back to editing all the photos from this past summers boating season. Here’s a handful of pictures from our Labor Day weekend boating trip down river to Gilligan’s Pier in Popes Creek, Maryland… Enjoy!!
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National Harbor Marina…

:: Tags: Boating, Weekend Excursion

M/V Our Pleasure @ National Harbor
The M/V ‘Our Pleasure’ tied up at the National Harbor Marina

This is just a small collection of photos from our boating trip up to National Harbor, Maryland. We didn’t stay the night (this time), but plan on taking advantage of the beautiful marina again in the near future for a weekend get-away! The docks are very nice and there are so many restaurants to choose from within walking distance of the marina… it’s an excellent place for an overnighter! Oh yeah, Mike was with us on this trip wasn’t he… check out the photos!!

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Snowboarding at Whitetail…

:: Tags: Weekend Excursion

This past Saturday Julie and I spent the day learning how to snowboard with my brother Mike, Christina and her friend Kelly at Whitetail Resort in PA. What fun… well all except for the falling down part that is! Mike told me that snowboarding was unlike anything I had ever done before and not to expect to master it right out of the gate. Boy was he right… after about four hours of beating ourselves up, Julie and I finally started getting the hang of it.

Julie & Doug after snowboarding at Whitetail Mountain Resort

I can see we’ll still need a lot more practice time though… at least before jumping on any big runs! I guess it kind of surprised me a little at first that I couldn’t pick it up right away… I mean I’m so use to being on slippery surfaces as a hockey player and I’m also a very good surfer too… so why was this so difficult. Like Mike said… “the snowboarding thing is something completely different”. Thank God the learning curve is quick because we leave for Colorado in two weeks!!
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Boating at Belmont Bay!

:: Tags: Boating, Weekend Excursion

WOW!… May flew by so fast I didn’t even have a chance to write an entry in my online journal. I know this is partly due to the novelty of the new boat and also because of business picking up at work. Julie and I have been spending a lot of time out boating with friends and until last weekend we’ve forgotten to take a camera out with us to document the fun. The water in the middle Potomac is still a little on the cool side for swimming, but we find other ways to keep ourselves entertained.

Hanging out with friends on the river during the summer is truly a blast! The food is always fantastic and the stories are never dull! Our boat, being the larger one in the group, has become the ‘hub’ of the pack so to speak. And because it has such a large stern deck area it has become the ‘hang-out’ for all the adults!! Its nice being able to hold a conversation without having to shout from boat to boat all day!
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