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Day 2 – Walterboro SC to Alexandria VA

Last night when Keith asked what time the hotel pool opened in the morning the clerk responded with a grin, “Do whatever you want to do. I don’t care.”

Challenge accepted.

We didn’t swim because we had a busy day of driving through three states, but we are doing what we like because we’re living that vacation life.

We had planned to stop to play at a park in Dunn, North Carolina, but Elliot was asleep so we continued north to Rocky Mount for lunch and park time.

Sunset Park (1550 River Drive) was an awesome detour. We rode an antique 1920 carousel and a 1952 Model G-16 Miniature Train around the park including through a tunnel. For train aficionados, it had a 20 horsepower Wisconsin gasoline engine and is a scale model one fifth the size of the train it depicts (F7 General Motors Diesel Locomotive). There were actual seats for 36 people (unlike the Largo Central Park trains) and it went FAST (well, faster than I thought it would, topping out at 8 mph).

The kids’ favorite part was the spray ground, where they ran (until Elliot wiped out) and then walked and chopped their way through the water making friends. For $5 a person (E was free) I definitely recommend it!

Getting out of the car for a bathroom break in Virginia, Henry said to me, “Thanks for planning such a great trip, Mommy. I’m having a great time.” I asked Keith if he prompted the Hen to say this, and he came up with it all on his own. No, I didn’t cry, but my heart soared.

We made it to the lovely Casa Browne in Alexandria just before dinner and we are so thankful to spend some time with Vanesa and Scott. Complete with a champagne welcome, presents for the kids, and a home-cooked meal we feel so welcomed and loved. An evening passeggiata to the playground (actually 4!) combined with races and climbing fun rounded out our evening.

E now has his very own Marlon Bundo!

H loves Minecraft and Legos so this is amazing!

Miles driven today = 504 miles

Playground of the Week – Highlander Park

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these postings, but I’m hopping back on my playground of the week train starting NOW. This week’s playground is Highlander Park, located at 1920 Pinehurst Rd, Dunedin 34698. It’s a drive (30 minutes or so) from where we live in Seminole, but is totally worth it (especially in the summer).



My favorite thing about this park is the Kiwanis Sprayground, which is totally free and fenced in, plus it has covered benches for some lucky, early-rising parents to claim as theirs. Great for toddlers, the variety of fountains ranging from a sprinkle to full on downpour (and a small slide) make it a cool way to spend a morning.

Adjacent to the splash pad is a small, shaded playground that Henry likes even better than the water. It doesn’t have anything special or awesome, but is a nice, cool space for kids to play. The swings are in the sun, so they are best enjoyed when it’s not a million degrees. Pack a lunch, because there are lots of picnic tables around to sit and eat in the shade. There’s also a pool for bigger kids and families, but that costs money (of course). I love this park, and wish it were closer to where we live.