National City Christian Church

National City Christian Church, located on Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C., is the national church of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (often abbreviated as the “Disciples of Christ” or “Christian Church”). The denomination grew out of the Stone-Campbell Movement founded by Thomas Campbell and Alexander Campbell of Pennsylvania and West Virginia (then Virginia) and Barton W. Stone of Kentucky.

Service times:
8:30 a.m.  Gospel Service (Sanctuary)
11 a.m.  Traditional Service (Sanctuary)
11 a.m.  Servicio En Español (Community Room)

Address: 5 Thomas Cir NW, Washington, DC 20005

Arcosanti: an urban laboratory

Arcosanti is a projected experimental concept of community living in Yavapai County an hours drive north of Phoenix. The creative concept was designed by the Italian-American architect, Paolo Soleri (1919–2013).

He broke ground and started construction in 1970, to show the world his vision of an urban community.

His goal was to improve the quality of living while minimizing the destruction of earth.

Newsweek magazine in 1976 voted his creation as “the most important urban experiment undertaken in our time”.

Some of the interesting features of the city is the grey matter water system. This new system is under construction.

One can be a guest for a small fee to rent the guest room, sky suite or dorms. The fee includes breakfast.

There is a shop to purchase interesting one of a kind art and have a snack. The view in the restaurant and shop will not disappoint.

Take a tour and capture the unique designs of the arches and creative use of 25 acres of the 4,060-acre land preserve.

We took Star Wars figures and were practicing with perspectives.  Plan on 2-3 hours if you want to take a tour, photos and have a snack.

The site is open 9 am to 5 pm for visitors.
The street address: 13555 S. Cross L Rd. Mayer, AZ 86333

Temple Hill Park

Come out to the farm to pick out a beautiful bouquet of Sunflowers, Zinnias and Cosmos. A bouquet is only $5.00 with each sunflower stem and additional $0.50.

Temple Hall was constructed in 1810 for William Temple Thomson Mason (24 July 1782–1862), a son of Thomson Mason and his second wife Elizabeth Westwood Wallace of nearby Raspberry Plain, and nephew of George Mason.

This can be an all day family activity.  Children will spend the day on the playground and enjoying all the animals on the farm.  The best time to visit is during the fall Festival including a giant 24 acre maze, paintball shooting gallery, pumpkin blasters, jumping pillow & much more!

The children can spend the day on the playground and walking around the farm visiting the animals. The best time to visit is during the fall festival including a giant 24 acre maze, paintball shooting gallery, pumpkin blasters, jumping pillow.

There is amble spots to picnic however dogs are not allowed on the property.  The farm is free to visit.

March 31 – November 6
Mondays (Open November 5): CLOSED
Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-4:30 PM

Please call 703-779-9372 to reach the park staff.

Barnhouse Brewery

This local favorite brewhouse was started by Roger and Christine Knoell .  They have  giant Bavarian Pretzels with house-made beer cheese and several homemade beer mustard’s.  My favorite is the spicy mustard flavor paired with the Kolsch.

Lighter Side
Belgian & Seasonals

They are open Friday – Sunday are kid and dog friendly.

Vanish Brewery

Vanish Brewery is located near Lucketts and Leesburg with 20 taps started by Jonathan Staples in 2014.  The vast property 53 acres with black hops has room for kids to play and dogs to enjoy the sun.

The outdoor tables are the perfect spot to enjoy the live music. A perfect spot to spend the entire day with friends play Frisbee golf and lounging around the property.

42245 Black Hops Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-779-7407

Hours: Mon-Wed 12-9pm
Thurs, Fri 12-10pm
Sat 11am-10pm
Sun 11am-9pm

Library of Congress

Did you know: Library of Congress is the second-largest library in the world by number of items (164 million+).  The LOC has over 118 million items on more than 500 miles of shelves.

Interesting treasures on display.

The Library of Congress is home to an eclectic collection, with books ranging in size from a tiny copy of “Ole King Cole” to a five-by-seven-foot photo book filled with color images of Bhutan. Some items, like a Gutenberg Bible and a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, feel right at home in the historic library. Others, like Rosa Parks’s peanut butter pancakes recipe, are a bit more unexpected. Additional noteworthy artifacts include Bob Hope’s joke collection, George Gershwin’s piano, and the contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets the night he was shot.



Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
     8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


Scottish Rite Freemasonry Alexandria, VA

Scottish Rite is one of the two branches of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason (Third Degree) may proceed after he has completed the three degrees of Symbolic or Blue Lodge Masonry. (The other branch is known as York Rite consisting of Capitular and Cryptic Masons and Knights Templar.)

Scottish Rite includes the Degrees from the Fourth to the Thirty-third, inclusive. The moral teachings and philosophy of Scottish Rite are an elaboration of the basic Masonic principles found in Blue Lodge or Symbolic Freemasonry. Sometimes likened to a “College of Freemasonry,” Scottish Rite uses extensive drama and allegory to emphasize the content and message of its degrees.

the most visible and least understood appendant body of Freemasonry, the Scottish Rite isn’t particularly ancient, and it didn’t come from Scotland. It is technically a concordant body, because some of its degrees continue the story of the building of Solomon’s Temple started in the first three lodge degrees. The Scottish Rite appears in a major role in Dan Brown’s novel, The Lost Symbol.

Freemasons For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Some of my favorite pictures from our visit.

Address: 1430 W Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302
Monday 8AM–4PM
Tuesday 8AM–4PM
Wednesday 8AM–4PM
Thursday 8AM–4PM
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

The National Museum of the Marine Corps

A lasting tribute to all U.S. Marines–past, present, and future.  This well designed museum is hosted on 135-acre site adjacent to the Quantico base.

The Museum’s  exterior soaring design resembles the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima.  The interactive exhibits are state of the art and innovative.

Never seen before and one of a kind artifacts allow visitors to immerse themselves in history.

Address: 18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Triangle, VA 22172
9:00 AM (0900) to 5:00 PM (1700) every day except Christmas Day. 
Admission is free.
Opened: November 10, 2006


Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon was originally called Little Hunting Creek Plantation and owned by John Washington. Augustine passed the estate to his eldest son Lawrence, George’s elder half-brother, in 1740 who renamed it Mount Vernon after the famed English naval officer Admiral Edward Vernon.

George and Martha never had children together. He helped raise 2 of her children.  Martha gave birth to 4 children:
Daniel (Nov. 19, 1751–Feb. 19, 1754) died most likely of malaria
Frances (Apr. 12, 1753–Apr. 1, 1757)
John (Jacky) Parke Custis (Nov. 27, 1754–Nov. 5, 1781)
Martha (“Patsy”) Parke Custis (1756–June 19, 1773)

The children’s great-grandfather had imposed a strict condition on inheritance: only children bearing the name “Parke” as part of their given name would receive a portion of the family estate.

A law was passed to make George Washington the highest ranking U.S. officer General of the Armies of the United States. No one will outrank him.

He owned a whiskey distillery.  In 1799, his distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America at the time.

In 1768 before the start of the American Revolution, Washington and his wife had guests for dinner on eighty-two of the 291 days.

George Washington did not have a middle name. The use of middle names was not a common practice in Europe or its colonies until the early 19th century. Of the first 20 United States presidents, only 5 had middle names.

George had almost every breed of dog known to American Kennel Club. He owned French hounds Tipsy, Mopsey, Truelove, and Ragman – just to name a few.




Admission for Adults is $13; senior citizens 62 and older pay $12; youth ages 6–11 are $6; kids 5 and younger are free. Mount Vernon is open every day of the year.

Address: 3200 Mount Vernon Hwy, Mt Vernon, VA 22121
Area: 500 acres