Day 2 {Maryland}

We had such a great day 2!!  We started out going on a hike at the state park nearby. 

raring to go

(excited and full of energy!!)

We trekked about a mile and a half through some hills, some water, across a bridge, and ending at a water fall!  It was great weather and lots of fun!!

by bridge the gangcole clan at waterfalllewcrew at water fallpretty riverworn out after a hike

(worn out and ready for lunch!)


After that, we grabbed some lunch before heading home for some down time.  We try to spread everyone out to allow enough personal space to do what you want, rest, read or relax.  This is important time for Kristen and I to have a few minutes of break too.

After that we enjoyed a yummy supper and then we grabbed the 8 older kids ands and headed out.  We do not do too many outings at night, with 8 kids why would we want to.  But this night was a treat!  Kristen’s son won 4 tickets to the Aquarium for this night, and the amazing librarian hooked her up with 4 more!! 

So we loaded everyone up and trekked out to the Baltimore/National Aquarium!!


AG and I were blessed to get to visit the same aquarium about a year ago on our trip to NYC – so she was delighted to share everything with her brothers!!


My favorite was the jellyfish room and we were not expecting it to be open, and were thrilled when it was! 

jelly 1jelly 4 stomachjelly 2more jelly fishred jelly

moon jelly fish


We were even pretty excited (well the kids were very excited) about the popsicles they were handing out as we left!  A great way to end a wonderful day!!


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