|My pretties: Cousin Rhonda and my Sister, Dolores|
Our Amtrak ride was only about 3.5 hours long, and with loads of scenery flashing past my window, the time passed quickly.
|Uh... a view out the train window in... New Jersey?|
|Well, OK, the scenery I enjoyed most was the nice big animal murals|
Once in the Baltimore Amtrak station, my nephew Kirk - Dolores' son - picked us up. It's always a party seeing Kirk, he's got such a fun spirit about him. He had no sooner packed us into his family van then Rhonda put forward a request to see a museum she'd heard about - a wax museum of famous African Americans.Kirk agreed and soon we were headed into an old stone building that looked like an ancient white brick firehouse.
To me the museum had the air of a long ago side show. The exhibits were of great interest and my favorite was of Matthew Henson, the arctic explorer, though probably because his exhibit featured an enormous stuffed polar bear.
|Personages from the Civil Rights era|
|African-American Writers and 18th Century historical figures|
Following our wax museum tour of the , we headed off to Kirk's house. There we greeted Nicole, Kirk's better half, & I quickly condensed my luggage down to one weekender tote. Quickly we were off again, headed for Chevy Chase Maryland where Dolores, Rhonda and I had a lovely 2 room suite at the Hilton.
|View of HUMONGOUS interior of the Hilton|
with rooms, shops and offices galore
It wasn't long before all the girl cousins were together in Yvonne's suite for our initial meet and greet. I was pleased to see my cousins Yvonne, Donna, Wanda, Carol and her daughter Ideaa. After our intial meet and greet we headed off to the Hilton's complementary cocktail hour for some libation. Then, with the edge off our appetites we headed for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. There we met up with Cousin Jackie, her husband, and little son and daughter.
|Waiting for our table at the Restaurant; Yvonne, Wanda, Dolores, Carol and Jackie|
|Donna, Yvonne, Ideaa and Dolores|
|Wanda with her niece & nephew cuties - photo by Ideaa Brown|