Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Great Summer Road Trip of 2006

My wife, two daughters and I are on a road trip for vacation this summer. We've never done anything quite like this. We are currently in Arlington, Virginia (Washington, DC).

Today we met two ladies in the Metro station. They asked for help buying their Metro pass. One is from California and the other, her sister, is from Honduras. We invited them to join us on a capital tour. Our older daughter has a friend interning for a congressman. The friend hosted our tour.

In addition to the capital tour today we went to the Smithsonian American History Museum, the Washington Monument, the World War Two Monument, and the Lincoln Monument.

Yesterday we drove from Raleigh, North Carolina. After we arrived we went to the National Archives and then walked by the White House.

Our trip started last week with a two day drive to Columbia, South Carolina. We visited friends there, visited a museum, and worshiped at First Presbyterian in Columbia, where we heard the preaching of pastor Sinclair Ferguson. He is a Scot and has a wonderful accent. I would've enjoyed listening to him read the phone book, but instead I got to hear a wonderful sermon on the Day of the Lord.

Another thing I noticed, besides the beauty of the sanctuary (just one among a wealth of beautiful sanctuaries in Columbia), was that, of about 500 people in attendance, I was one of about ten men who was not wearing a suit.

After church we made a day trip to Charleston. I thought I had seen a lot of beautiful churches in Columbia. Charleston is among the most beautiful cities I have ever visited.

On our drive from Columbia we made an overnight stop in Raleigh to visit a friend.

Tomorrow we will do more sight seeing here and the next day we will drive to State College, Pennsylvania, where we will visit Penn State University. After a weekend there we make the return trip to Grand Coteau.

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