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Posted by on January 23, 2010

Those of you who have known us since we’ve been married are very familiar with our Alaphetical State Vacation, but I want to explain it for those of you who have only gotten to know us here recently.  During the summer of 2003 (our one year wedding anniversary) Dave and I decided that we needed to take a vacation.  We had very little money, but we really wanted to do something creative and exciting.  I think it was Dave that came up with the idea that we should go camping in Alabama for a week.  The hitch was that we would commit to going to Alaska the following summer and then visit each state in alphabetical order, one a year, for the next 49 years of our marriage.  And so it began.

Family members and friends began to take bets at how many years this would last.  Many didn’t think we would make it to year #2, but we did.  In 2004 Dave and I hitch hiked across Alaska.  (Thanks Dan K for convincing us to do it).  We have successfully visited each state- some for just a few nights- during each successive calendar year.

In 2005, I took a 5 week trip to Niger.  We left for our AZ trip the day after I returned to the US.

We did AK in November of 2006, bringing Sam along.  Originally we had intended our trips to be done alone as a couple- without the kids.  We learned after Sam entered the picture that this is not so easy.  Especially when you’re a mom who is nursing.  In March of 2007, the three of us we made it to CA before moving to Niger in May.

Moving to Africa, we were afraid, would put a wrench in our plan, but when I got pregnant with Nathaniel and we decided to come home for the delivery, we saw our opportunity to take our 2008 trip to CO.  We did that with Sam and a 6 week old Nathaniel just before getting back on a plane for the Sahel.

CT was achieved by the skin or our teeth in December 2009.  And we were very thankful to be able to leave the boys with Grammy and Papa who live about an hour away in MA.

So, 2010 is the Delaware year.  And we decided that it should be done before the new baby arrived.  Because DE is such a small state, two nights would suffice.  We also chose to bring the kids and make it a kind of “family babymoon”, or last hurrah before our family of 4 becomes a family of 5.

Good choice.

We had such a blast with the boys in DE.

We left the house on Saturday and headed to Wilmington to the Brandywine Zoo.  I have to say that Dave and I thought the zoo was disappointingly small.  Sam and Nata, however, were fascinated.  The coolest thing was the Siberian Tiger.




After that, the sun was setting and we were all getting hungry, so we decided to take the boys to Chuck E Cheese.  This was a first and they both LOVED it.  Sam has not stopped asking to go back.


Then we found a hotel with a pool, took the boys swimming, and crashed.

The next morning we searched out Old Swedes Church aka Holy Trinity Church in downtown Wilmington.  When we got there, Nathaniel was asleep and the church was closed so we didn’t get to go in.  But it was very beautiful and old and cool from the outside.  🙂


Next we headed on to the Air Mobility Command Museum at the Dover AFB.  I would say this was probably the big hit for the boys.  We saw some awesome old planes (that’s the Mama description for you).




After that we headed to the coast with a stop at Cape Henlopen State Park.  The Nature Center there was small, but the boys really enjoyed it.  The views from the Cape, although a bit cold, were amazing.






Thursday night we found another hotel with a pool at Rehoboth Beach. Friday was an awesome day of driving down the DelMarVa Peninsula and stopping in Cape Charles, VA to meet up with our friend, Juda Mason, meet her mother, and see her childhood home.  Dave and the boys were also very awe struck with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel which they had not ever seen.  It was an awesome trip, and we are thankful that we were able to do it.

We feel quite a large sense of accomplishment at having finished our eighth state.  Two other families that we are friends with have joined our State Vacation adventure.  Dan and Kelly are going backwards in Alphabetical order and plan to meet us in Nebraska.  Jay and Amy draw their states from a hat each year.  We love it that our vacation idea has become an addiction/ obsession for these families.  If you would like to join the adventure, we would love to talk to you about what has and hasn’t worked for us.

For more pics of our vacation click here.

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