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Aug 16, 2017 - The Journey has Begun

Today was our first day on the road, and it went exactly as planned – with some pleasant surprises. We left home almost on time at 10 am, and traveled to Gettysburg PA. The weather improved as we went west, and this evening is pleasently cooling down after temperatures in the high 80s. It should be good sleeping weather in our new tent. We had a marvelous lunch at a town park on the Susquehanna River. Columbia is on the east bank of the river, and Wrightsville on the west bank, nearly a mile apart. During the Civil War the citizens burned...

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May 22, 2017 - Cactoctin Mtn. Park, Antietam NB, and Monocay NB

We took a drive south into Maryland to see a couple of other Civil War battlefields. We drove through the Catoctin Mountain Park. This is now a very wooded park that was restored from over used agricultural land by the Roosevelt New Deal. It was one of several tracks of land purchased by the federal government in 1935 in several states near cities to build Recreational Demonstration Areas. The WPA hired local men to build roads, picnic areas, cabins, etc. Today it is used by locals for fishing, hiking, cycling, etc., and it is the location...

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May 20, 2017 - Gettysburg NMP and Eisenhower NHS

We have moved on to Gettysburg, PA. As most of you know, this was the site of the most decisive battle of the Civil War (in 1863). What separates this from other sites we have visited is just the sheer size of the battlefield (over 6,000 acres). Lee, believing this was his chance to invade the North, threw all he had into it (12,000 men standing shoulder to shoulder for a mile). In the end, the Union army was victorious in the 3-day battle at a huge cost of over 6,800 men in total. Abraham Lincoln authorized a local lawyer to purchase land...

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May 7, 2017 - Touring the battlefield

Another good day. We woke up to a light drizzle (of course) but dressed and went to the worship service at the Gettysburg United Methodist Church. It was Youth Sunday and although they have a very small youth group, they did a great job delivering two short messages and leading the worship. After church we returned to the RV to change and have lunch before heading out on our "Auto Tour" of the battlefield. We spent 4+ hours and drove 25 miles circling the grounds and hearing and reading more about the battle that took place July 1-3, 1863...

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May 6, 2017 - Amish Country

We drove 1-1/2 hours to the Lancaster Visitor Center to meet our driver, Gene. We toured both an Amish and Mennonite Farm. The Mennonite Farm was my favorite ..... they had an ice cream shop that sold their homemade ice cream! Very good! There are 33,000 Amish living in Lancaster County but only 1700 were registered to vote in the last election. Most have little interest in national politics as they live caring for each other within their church community and without outside help. If only we could duplicate this on a national level! We...

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May 5, 2017 - Gettysburg / A history lesson day

The rain that started early last evening, lasted ALL night. The good news is that it subsided at 10:00 this morning just as Enterprise arrived with our rental car. We had clouds all day but very little rain. God blessed us today with good weather to tour a few attractions and the Gettysburg Visitor Center. The first stop was the Diorama. This gave us a great overview of the 6,000 acre battlefield where the 3 day engagement was carried out. Downstairs was the Spirit of Gettysburg which had some scenes of the battle represented along with...

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May 4, 2017 - Surprise ...... more rain!

We headed out from our KOA campground in Washington, PA at 8:00. The 3-1/2 hour drive took us 6 hours so you can see we were taking our time! I did not realize Pennsylvania had so many mountains! We toodk the Pennsylvania Turnpike which passed through 2 tunnels. There was an accident 20 minutes before we arrived to Gettysburg that delayed us 30+ minutes. Cloudy all day with temps around 50 and gusty winds. It was chilly when I got out to pump deisel fuel! The Fuse continues to do great and it's averaging 17+ mpg since we left Florida. We...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Amish country

Amish country. Thursday we drove east into Lansaster county PA. Had the best pretzel ever in Bird-in-hand PA. Looked at farmers markets and quilt shops as well as a winery (Mount Hope). Very good stone buildings in this area. About the most number of wine to taste (20+) as we have ever seen at one location; only tried 6; bought 3. Returned to campsite to find 3 new neighbors; now surrounded. We leave Friday for VA.

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Aug 31, 2016 - NO BEER!

NO BEER! It is not sold in otherwise well provisioned grocery stores in PA. Is there a plank in Don's platform to change that law? If so, he might win the state. We finished the audio auto tour and museum, including the cyclorama, a circular mural 42 feet high by 377 feet in diameter. The painting is the work of French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux. It depicts Pickett's Charge, the failed infantry assault that was the climax of the Battle of Gettysburg. Impressive. By early afternoon we returned to campground for lunch and laundry....

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Aug 31, 2016 - Monuments and tour apps

We bought an audio tour app for Kathy's IPhone and proceeded on . It presents narrative on battle history according to our location, specific to the location. Ain't GPS great? My two impressions so far are: 1- how expansive an area the three day battle encompassed. 2 - all the stone monuments/plaques and cannons spread around the park. And the tremendous amount of information contained on those, like number of cannon balls shot by each battery on each day, let alone records of dead/wounded/missing for each regiment. We only got through two...

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Aug 30, 2016 - Lessons In History

The importance of knowing our history...our American history....is played out on the Gettysburg Battlefield and in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. History demands us to remember where we've been, explains where we are going and teaches us not to repeat our failures. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three brutal days...July 1st - 3rd 1863. The Confederate Army, under the leadership of General Robert E Lee, marched northward into Pennsylvania (Union territory) in Lee's attempt to keep the Union Army occupied with protecting Washington and bring...

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Jul 26, 2016 - Gettysburg battle sites and town

Up fairly early today, we want to have a local breakfast and get started on the tour. We had been recommended to Lincoln Diner in the center of town. What a great diner, filled with locals talking about all different topics that we could hear. The wait staff was very friendly and gave great recommendations on what to have. One thing was for Charlottes cornbread muffin, instead of just heating, they cut the muffin straight down from top to bottom and then it is placed on the grill and toasted there. It brings out a little different flavor....

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