The 4th of July for every America has a lot of potential. I would say that ours was pretty good. We just mostly lived life as Americans which I guess is celebrating our freedom without even trying…am I right? Yes, I am. Here were some highlights of our day:
-We went tubing near Harper’s Ferry, WVA. (Thanks for the idea HJ! You inspire my family.) This involved being in the little corner of WVA, VA and MD so every other minute Suzette would squeal “now we’re in WVA!….now we’re in VA!….MARYLANDDDD!” Also, the river we tubed on had a low strength current and the wind of the day was STRONG. Therefore, we literally moved backwards while tubing. To counteract this, I had to get into the water a pull Bug and I’s tubes…a lot. Mackenzie had a very relaxing time in her tube though. Also, we ate lunch in Harper’s Ferry which is very colonial and has VERY steep steps. Hm. We pondered being colonial children, at least I did. It would seem fun to me.
- We then went to Fredrick, MD (shout out to MattyJoose—missed you bro) to partake in their 4th Festival. It was pretty sweet and had fine American cuisine (deep fried oreos, soft serve ice cream, popcorn, burgers, funnel cake, etc) and also lots of Thai food, BLOCKS of meat and crab everything (we are talking crab pretzels here people…freakin’ Maryland). Mom and Dad wanted to hang out in the beer garden (classic) so me and my little sister (that’s Mackenzie, we decided I’m the older one) got ice cream and then realized we have a little bit run out of things to talk about. And mostly just have the same conversations a lot. Probably everyday one of us has a new idea about what we are going to do with our lives. That’s a big topic of conversation.
-For dinner at the festival we ate Thai food to celebrate the greater Washington, DC area’s immense amount of culture/diversity. It really has been an unexpected theme of this summer and drastically overwhelms (in a good way) one of us (hint: not me).
-There was a band playing at this place and at one point Suzette comes over to us and says: “Okay, I think a new band is coming up soon…do you know the band Journey?” “Um….yes…wait….Journey? Like JOURNEY?!” -Me and Bug’s response. “Well no…it’s a Journey cover-band…they are called Almost Journey” - Suz, clarifies. So that was kind-of funny.
-Also, we had to wait a VERY long time for the fireworks so in order to pass time we did what all girls like to do: sort. We sorted all the pennies in my wallet (which is more than the average person) in chronological order and also made perpendicular rows if there were repeats. This was a nice activity to 1. refresh us on mean, median and mode 2. have everyone around us question our age. We did find a penny from 1940 which was much more awesome than you would expect. Then we talked about the history at that time and I sounded like an idiot. Alas, there were no pennies for 1993. Sad by it.
-The ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming, so we were all happy Americans.