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Jul 10, 2017 - Gettysburg

After we said our goodbyes in Oil City, we left Sunday morning and drove about 4 hours to the east for our stay in the Harrisburg area. We checked into the La Quinta (pet friendly) near the airport. It was past time for lunch, so we left Scout in his kennel and headed over to Bob Evans for a late lunch. As always, it was tasty. Later in the afternoon, we (including Scout) took a ride downtown to the City Island which sits in the middle of the Susquehanna River. This island, while small, holds a minor league baseball stadium for the...

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2017 Life in our RV

Jun 17, 2015 - Gettysburg

Today Gib, and I (and Rusty of course) drove to Gettysburg National Military Park which is about 80 miles north of where we're staying (College Park, MD, which is on the northeast side of Washington). We left at 6:30 this morning to try to avoid as much traffic as possible on the beltway which is I-495 encircling DC. Of course you can never avoid the traffic because it is always there 24/7, so Gib griped and complained the whole time we were on the beltway. Thankfully, we only had to go about 7 miles before turning north and away from DC....

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Kizer Summer 2015

Jul 8, 2014 - Gettysburg - High Water Mark of the Rebellion

Ironic that I spent the first 18 years of my life living 3 hours away from Gettysburg PA, and 45 years letter I spend an amazing 3 hours learning how 3 days on these battlefields forged the course of our countries history! It's hard to walk these fields and not feel the intensity of the battle that was Gettysburg over those 3 hot summer days in July 1863. The battlefield pathways are marked with memorials set where units fought and died - Confederate and Union troops fighting hand to hand across the fields, over 51,000 casualties. Actual...

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May 9, 2014 - Gettysburg National Military Park

Our next destination following our stops in MD & Washington D.C. was Davenport, NY. Lying between those two points were a couple of places of interest. (We just LOVE it when interesting stops are “on-the-way”) Hershey, PA is home to Hershey’s Chocolate World, and Hershey Park. What goes together better than an amusement park and a building full of chocolate? Also en route to NY, is Gettysburg, PA… a small merchant town of 2,400 people that became the turning point in the Civil War… the deadliest war in our country’s history. (Gettysburg...

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Sep 6, 2012 - A Day Spent Going Back In History

From Beacon Hill Camping – Intercourse, PA What a long day this turned out to be. Left around 8:30 a.m. and drove about 70 miles to Gettysburg National Military Park. Had called yesterday to inquire about pets in the park and was told “OK” just not in buildings or the cemetery so Cody accompanied us today. When we made our plans to visit this region of Pennsylvania we had checked and decided that 70 miles to Gettysburg was doable. Today however with the route going through several small towns each having several traffic lights and then...

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Home Sweet RV - 2012

Aug 27, 2010 - Gettysburg

John is not doing well. His joints are aching and swelling, but sitting in the coach doesn't seem to be a solution. We decided to drive the Gettysburg, PA. The Gettysburg National Military Park is an awesome place. A driving tour takes you through all the battlefields. They cyclorama recreates the three day battle, which was the turning point in the Civil War. Or as my brother-in-law, Charlie, says, "where the south lost the war". The drive over and back was wonderful and we saw much of the Maryland country-side.

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NORTHEAST TRIP 2010

Jul 6, 2010 - The start of the U.S. History fieldtrip!

TUESDAY, JULY 6TH Day 1 Hello Washington! 6 a.m. leave Pittsburg and drive to Fort Necessity 9 a.m. arrive Fort Necessity and tour 10 a.m. drive to Gettysburg 12 a.m. arrive Gettysburg and tour 2 p.m. leave Gettysburg and drive to D.C. 3 p.m. arrive D.C. and check into Embassy Suites (Chevy Chare) and check into hotel 6 p.m. National Mall walking tour 7:30 p.m. walk to 18th & T to LAUROL a Great Mexican Restaurant! (boy what a walk!) Destination…..WASHINGTON D.C. We can all recall standing on the spot where some historical event occurred...

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May 10, 2009 - Gettysburg National Battlefield

It was once again time for a roadtrip. Today's destination was Gettysburg National Military Park. They have a brand new visitor center here which contains not only a museum but a movie and cyclorama. These three activies provide an excellent overview of the events that occured here in July of 1863. After completing all the aforementioned activities we boarded the bus for a tour of the Eisenhower National Historic Site. This site contains the only home the Eisenhowers ever owned along with the families ranch. It is located just outside the...

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Oct 9, 2008 - Gettysburg, Pa

We arrived here Wednesday about noon. Had lunch and then went to the Museum and Visitor Center, thinking we'd be there about an hour. Four hours later we were leaving. Inside the visitor center you could get a ticket to see a movie regarding the battle and then to the Cyclorama theater that was something else. The museum portion had an area that went through the 3 days of battle, the artifacts they have there and the displays. You could just get lost going thru each one and seeing everything. But the most impressive thing was the Cyclorama....

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Fogle's Dream Trip

Sep 9, 2008 - POLITICS OF WAR

I didn’t know much about Gettysburg.  Every time I attempted to read the popular books about the 3 day battle, the focus was always on troop movements and military strategy.  The kind of stuff many of you like but makes my eyes glaze over and I begin to think about taking a nap.  Our visit to the Gettysburg battlefield had quite a different effect on me. In 1863, the Civil War had been raging for over two years.  The Confederacy had been quite successful, under the guidance of General Robert E. Lee, in thwarting the Union troops.  The...

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Aug 1, 2008 - Gettysburg, PA

We had another emotional day at Gettysburg seeing the battlefield where one of the most decisive battles of the Civil War was fought over a bloody 3 days. We all know the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln. This famous 2 min. speech was given at the dedication of the National Cemetery a few months after the three day battle where 51,000 Americans were killed, wounded, captured or went missing. On July 1st and 2nd of 1863 the Confederates, under General Lee’s direction, were taking it to the Union Army. Finally on July 3rd following a two-hour...

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Jul 27, 2008 - Lee's Chapel on Washington & Lee University

There were many historical sites to see but the one that AAA said was the "GEM" is the Lee Chapel and we are glad we did. We found out some interesting facts. Robert E Lee and George Washington were related through a marriage in the families. Lee and Washington believe in education thus the colleg. Lee went to speciality built chapel everyday but the service was over in 15 minutes. Lee also wanted education for everyone but not too much for some people. When women had a higher educational building built for them, that was not liked by the...

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