A group of Kanab and Valley students recently had the opportunity to tour Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. We would like to thank each one of our advisors, who put up with all of us crazy kids and made the trip fun. We would like to especially thank Gene Drake for all of the hard work he put into making this trip a memorable experience for us kids. Thank you so much!

We flew from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 17, and returned home on April 23. The entire trip was full of sights and fun experiences.

The first day we were able to visit Fort McHenry, where the National Anthem was penned. The rest of the day we visited the Naval Academy, Union Station, and the Lincoln, Vietnam and Korean Memorials. One of the favorites of the day was Arlington Cemetery, and watching the changing of the guard.

The next day we visited Mt. Vernon, home of George Washington. What a beautiful place! We could see why Washington loved it so much. The view from the back porch overlooking the Potomac River was amazing. We then visited the Capitol, and spent the rest of the afternoon at the Smithsonian Museum. We could have used an entire day just at the museums!

That evening we had the special treat of watching a musical production, Liberty Smith, a madcap musical romp through Revolutionary America, at Ford’s Theater, where President Abraham Lincoln was shot. The play was funny and had wonderful music. We enjoyed it very much.

On Wednesday we started out by visiting the National Aquarium. There we were able to see a dolphin show and a 4D movie. It was a blast! Next we drove to Pennsylvania and ate at Tommy’s Pizza, which was delicious!

We then drove to Gettysburg and visited the Cyclorama and took a fun tour with our energetic guide around the Gettysburg Battlefield. That night we had the treat of eating at Dobbin House Tavern. We were visited by Abraham Lincoln, well at least a guy who really looked like him and was very knowledgeable about his life!

Thursday was a yummy day. We visited the Amish and Mennonites in Lancaster. They sure have incredible food! They were a friendly and hardworking people. We ate lunch at the Family Cupboard Restaurant where the food is made by local residents and super tasty! Amish peanut butter is delicious! Next we drove to Valley Forge and toured there. The cherry blossoms were so beautiful. At each of these sites we could feel the sacredness and the importance of their history. It was a very special experience.

That day we spent a lot of time on the bus and taking naps to catch up on sleep, due to many late and noisy nights!

Friday we headed to downtown Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell. It is smaller than we thought it would be. We also visited Freedom Hall where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed. We ate lunch at the crazy, crowded, and for some, scary Readings Market! Philly cheesesteaks are delicious. We all loved them.

We then visited the Constitution Center and the Mint. Since it was Good Friday, there was not much going on at the Mint, but it was still cool to see where our money is made! We traveled back to Baltimore and ate dinner on the Inner Harbor. It was a rainy night, but it was beautiful, and a fun way to spend our last night.

This trip was fun, interesting and educational; and it was amazing to see where important events in our country’s history took place.

Once again, thank you to everyone who made this trip possible, especially Mr. Drake! We also appreciate those who supported our fundraisers throughout the year. We look forward to visiting New York in the fall.