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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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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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