Mike and Sandy flew to Boston and rented a car to begin this trip, which eventually covered about 1700 miles and six states. First stop was Hyannis, out on Cape Cod, where they visited with Len and Ann, some nice folks they met on a trip to Mexico last year. Sightseeing included the Kennedy compound, a day trip out to Nantucket Island, and enjoying an afternoon up at Provincetown, on the far tip of Cape Cod. They headed down to Mystic, Connecticutt, more to be ready for their early ferry the next morning than to sightsee, but did take in a few sights of the "south coast," as the locals call it.

Mystic is home of a re-created old sailing village, lots of cute shops and restaurants for tourists, and also of a draw-bridge, right in the middle of town.

The car ferry connects the "mainland" with the far outer tip of Long Island. Going across Long Island Sound takes less than an hour, and it is amazing how undeveloped the north arm is, compared to the south arm, where the Hamptons attract not only Long Island residents but many day-trippers from Manhattan.
After a day of sight-seeing, Mike and Sandy continued driving on into Manhattan, stopping at the famous Milleridge Inn for a late lunch. Our Sheraton Hotel was near Times Square, and even nicer since we used "points" to make the stay free -- great view out our hotel room window.

While in Manhattan, Mike and Sandy saw several museums (including the Tenement Museum on the Lower East side), saw 4 Broadway plays (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, Boeing Boeing, and August in Osage County), and had lunch at Katz Delicatessen, made famous for the on-location table orgasm scene in the movie "When Harry Met Sally." Sandy of course found the only street fair going on in the whole city, and a highlight was being in the studio audience for "Regis and Kelly Live." (They interact quite a bit with the audience while the commercials are running.)

The trip continued heading out of Manhattan over the George Washington Bridge, crossed through New Jersey, and headed into Pennsylvania at the Delaware Water Gap. Just off the freeway was a little town where the Crayola factory is located -- "Why Not?" A little further down the road is Hellertown -- Mike had no idea there was a town named after him!

In Philadelphia, of course the focus was on Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell.

Gettysburg was the next destination, but Hershey, Pennsylvania, was on the way for a bit of "factory tour" diversion before getting into Civil War history. Sobering thought: more soldiers died in one day at Gettysburg than have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. And near Gettysburg is the "summer White House" of Dwight Eisenhower.

As Mike and Sandy drove on toward Washington, D.C., the tail end of Hurricane Hanna crossed their path, with LOTS of rain and wind. A good place to duck in out of the weather was the new Air And Space Museum Annex, in a big hangar near Dulles Airport. Run by the Smithsonian, this is the new home of all the things they couldn't find room for in the original A&S Museum on the mall in Washington. Why they even had an old high-wing Piper Tri-Pacer, the plane Mike took flying lessons in back in high school and college days.
Another "side trip" in Virginia was Mt. Vernon, George Washington's plantation home along the Potomic River.

A hotel in the delightful river town of Alexandria, Virginia, was Mike and Sandy's base for their visit to Washington, D.C. It's cheaper, a quick Metro ride into Washington, and filled with nice restaurants and shops. Our first stop was the Capitol Building, where we had a tour arranged through our Congressman. Of course we also went to some of the Smithsonian museums, and met some famous people!! And saw the White House and the Supreme Court. And some of the demonstrators, and photo editing shops, were very entertaining.

Heading south out of Washington, Mike and Sandy went through the little town of La Plata, Maryland, where Sandy and her ex-husband lived about 30 years ago -- house is still there !! A side trip to Montecello, the plantation and retirement home of Thomas Jefferson, headed us on down to Colonial Williamsburg.

While in the Williamsburg area, Sandy and Mike also visited Yorktown (final battle of the Revolutionary War), and Jamestown (the first permanent English settlement in North America), where archeological excavations are still going on.
Continuing in their tradition of being in the way of natural disasters, on the way back home to California, Mike and Sandy's plane got bounced around a bit by the high winds as Hurricane Ike made its way past Dallas.