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Unread 19 Feb 18, 12:55 AM  
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Two Countries and Eleven States - Day 8

26th October 2017

So the time had come to leave Washington. We had really enjoyed our stay here and were left wanting more and would definitely come back.

After our usual breakfast of bagels and Lucky Charms we finished packing and checked out. The Holiday Inn had been great, lovely hotel with a pool not that wed had chance to use it with such a packed itinerary .

We set off and arrived at our first stop of the day Great Falls National Park in Virginia about a 30min drive away. It was actually nice to start seeing Countryside again after days in the city.

This is a very small National Park and you can park very close to the Great Falls of the Potomac and there are a few points to view them from. They were impressive

We were the only people there although this was about 10am so pretty early. It was also a bit chilly today so we have jumpers on for the first time

The area is subject to flooding apparently

But we were fine and after about an hour with a trip to the gift shop and rest rooms we were on our way again.
We had stocked up at the local Target the day before with staples of our American road trips.

This caused us a second glance

By 12 o clock we needed a break and luckily we just happened to be near the Premium Outlets at Hagerstown. It would have been rude not to pop in.

The guys headed for Subway I headed for BBW and The Childrens Place both had sales and I had a voucher for BBW which meant I picked up some half price accessories and a free gift. Got some great tops for the boys and a thick varsity type jacket fro CP.
all suitable refreshed one way or another we got back in the car and passed lots more lovely scenery
through Pennsylvania. Success on a state sign wasnt much of this Im afraid

About 4.30 we got to Punxsutawney. Wed introduced the boys to the delights of Groundhog Day shortly before departure and they were really excited to see that this was a real thing.
It was all about Phil

A small town not much to it apart from a rather cute groundhog.
Souvenirs bought we headed to the burrrow

Phil was asleep sadly so we didnt disturb him

Then it was a short drive to DuBois for the night. Close by was a Walmart so further stocking up was undertaken whilst admiring the Halloween goodies.

Home for the night was the Homewood Suites which had been refurbed and was very nice if a little out the way. Wed only paid about 50 so was an absolute bargain.The boys were gutted to hear the pool want open but we had a free dinner there with wine and beer which was a welcome change. Nothing exciting but it was nice actually not having to make a decision about what and where to eat. No pics surprisingly but I know we had m n ms for dessert!
Then I headed for a quick shop at the local mall which was a 10 min walk away. Youngest son accompanied me and we made a few purchases at the TJ Maxx store and Dollartree
Then it was back to the hotel for an early night for a change. There was a real nip in the air up here and it felt so much fresher and cleaner.

Steps a paltry 9,348

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Another busy day with some lovely scenery!

Will tomorrow be a groundhog day ?
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The Falls look amazing. How fun to look around the real Groundhog day town. For a travel day it sounds like you had a good time.

Ha ha Mel...Let's hope they don't have to do it over again tomorrow!
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