Contemporary Hotel

This hotel reminds me of the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner. It opened in 1971 and makes for an easy escape from the Magic Kingdom in the middle of the day when kids are hot, hungry and exhausted.

“I can’t believe this hotel still looks good and isn’t broken down. It’s really old,” Ellie admired.

Atlantic Ocean

Finally, the “are we in Florida yet?” was answered with a “yes.” The kids were great on the road as we hustled from one place to another. The cabins at the KOA along the way were fun and kept the kids amused but nothing matched our final stop in Florida. No work and all play, living life the kids way!

Monticello & Magnolia Plantation

The kids really enjoyed Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home and plantation. Elizabeth was fascinated with Jefferson’s inventions including a door that spins to serve food in the tea room. The kids learned about the life of the slaves and those who were also members of the Jefferson family. Elizabeth was intrigued to learn about Sally Hemming, a woman Jefferson loved and enslaved at the same time.

Our second plantation was owned by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation. It is a beautiful property located in Charleston, South Carolina. James was amused by the “Heehawks,” as they followed us around. He was very impressed when they spread their feathers into a magnificent plume. James also looked into the rivers from a safe distance to see if he could spot alligators. The whole time hearing the distinctive call of the Heehawk.