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Jul 4, 2020 - Happy Independence Day

We hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday. A interesting quote from John Adams in a letter he wrote to his wife from Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 after the Declaration of Independence was read in public for the first time appears to set the tradition of celebrating the momentous event of the birth of the United States: “I am apt to believe that it [Independence Day] will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Jul 3, 2020 - Battle of Gettysburg

The battle that was fought in this location over July 1-3 some 157 years ago was a momentous event that reshaped the nations future. It was the high-water mark for the Confederacy in the Civil War. The victory by the Union forces changed the tide of the war, but at a great cost for both sides. Three days of fighting at Gettysburg left 10,000 soldiers killed or mortally wounded, 30,000 injured, and 10,000 captured or missing and sent General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia back south. After the battle, bodies were scattered throughout...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Jun 30, 2020 - 100 Nights of Taps

For those of you who didn't see my Facebook post, I attended an event at the Gettysburg National Cemetery called 100 Nights of Taps. It's an event sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Taps for Veterans, and the National Park Service. It runs from Memorial /day to Labor Day each evening at 7:00PM. Spectators were not permitted to attend until June 16 because of COVID-19 restrictions. They have been streaming it live on Facebook and YouTube and will continue to do so the rest of the summer. The history of this 24 note bugle...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Jun 29, 2020 - Didn't Really Want to go Home

Our stay at Buttonwood Campground was supposed to wrap up on Sunday when everyone else went home. Since we really don't have anything to do at home we decided to self-isolate for another day at Buttonwood. To my surprise I got a call on Monday morning from a women at Artillery Ridge Campground and Horse Park in Gettysburg asking if we planned to keep our reservation for June 30-July 6. I told her I thought I had canceled the reservation a couple of months ago. I guess I didn't, so I said sure we'll keep them but would come a day early. The...

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2020 Covid Cruise

Sep 10, 2019 - Gettysburg, PA

Sept. 10, 2019 - Left Lancaster and headed east on Hwy. 30 to Gettysburg. Stayed at the Artillery Hill Rv Park. Apparently it was at the site of the rv park was where the Union Army stored its artillery and munitions. Got here by noon and after lunch went out the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Centre. Learned a lot of history and found it quite upsetting. It is beautiful rolling hill country side with lots of alfalfa and corn fields intermingled with clumps of trees. Hard to imagine there could have been 163,000 soldiers fighting...

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May 22, 2019 - Amish and the Smithonian

Our last days in the area before we head NW. Been mixed feelings he. Enjoyed the history, but gas is high, drivers are pushy and rude and the roads are not marked as well as we would like. But all in all it's a good stop for about a week and Worth the sacrifices. Headed to Lancaster to learn about the Amish. Their world revolves around their interpretation of the bible, so its interesting to say the least. No cars, but they can ride in other's vehicles and on trains. No airplanes, or bikes but scooters are ok. Bikes use to be ok, but they...

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May 16, 2019 - Gettysburg

Drove through the Blue Ridge Mountians and into West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Arrived at Drummer Boy Camp. Thought we would tour the battlefields since this place is full of history. Hmm, tour bus, bike tour??? Nope. Segway tour!!𯛴𯚨 After some training and having to prove we mastered (sort of) the art of balancing and maneuvering these goofy things on an indoor obstacle course, we were ready to head onto the streets with our guides. Nobody was hurt and we had a blast. Did the big loop from the Confederate artillery positions, up to...

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May 9, 2019 - Lancaster County and Gettysburg

We visited two beautiful but very different places. At both places we thought it would be best if we took a tour bus. We were not wrong. The information they gave and where we were able to go, was just incredible. First it was Lancaster County, home of many Amish people. My impression going there was that they live very sheltered and are very standoffish (spell check says that is a word). Well, they really are not. They have jobs outside of their group. If they have a job that requires some travel, they have to find someone that can drive...

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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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New York and Maine

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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New York and Maine

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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