Well it rained hard off and on last night, it woke me a time or two. It was wet but not raining when we got up this morning. We finished packing, turned down the heat and headed out the driveway. Todays destination is Gettysburg. Its just a brief overnight stop at the Hampton Inn. We are hoping to get to at least drive around the battlefield.
We almost caught up to the rain a time or two. We had a little drizzle and mist at times. We stopped once at the Pennsylvania visitors center near Ives Run and used the facilities. Bonnie drove for the next couple of hours and then I took over again. We decided to stop for gas and found a Sheetz. Then about 30 minutes later we were in Gettysburg. We checked in and then headed for the visitors center. We got a map and drove the auto tour route, pausing to read just a few of the many many markers. The sun was sinking fast.
|We could spend several days here we have a couple hours|
|Wonder what they see|
|We owe Mr Lincoln so much|
|The guns we quiet today|
|So peaceful today|
|Tens of thousands died on this ground|
Tomorrow we may try to tour Eisenhower's farm or downtown Gettysburg. Then we will head to Spotsylvania, VA.
Its late in the evening and the rest of the house has gone to sleep. We started this morning in Gettysburg at the Hampton Inn. We were both up shortly after 8am and soon were ready to go down to breakfast. Bonnie said that as long as we were here we should go ahead and see the Eisenhower Farm. So we went up packed and checked out of the hotel. I could not find my hat and thought I had left it at supper which was just across the steer. So we stopped there but no hat.
We got to the visitors center and I open my suitcase to get the camera out and Bonnie said there's your hat. So I am in good shape I have my camera and my hat, but it appears I am losing my mind. We got our tickets and walked down to the bus stop. The bus was right on time and shuttled us over to the Farm. We were met by a park ranger who gave us a nice introduction and then walked us over to the family house. Another volunteer gave us a talk on the history of the house and then let us tour the house on our own. Here are some of the pictures of the house and grounds.
|Our Ranger gave us the talk about the putting green.|
|The famous putting green|
|Mamie's formal living room|
|The porch. They had there RCA color TV out here and ate lunch down at the far end|
|Their dinning room|
|The Master Bedroom|
|Ike's Man Cave|
|A view of the back of the house|
|The General's 5 Star flag is hoisted everyday below the Stars and Stripes|
|The Secret Service control center|
Then we jumped in the car and headed south. One quick stop At Chick-Filet for lunch.
All was going well until we got to the DC beltway. As we sat in stop and go traffic for the next couple of hours it brought back memories of what it was like to work here, so happy we do not have traffic like this here. The combination of accidents, Friday afternoon traffic and it being the start of a long weekend made for a miserable last 50 miles.
|Traffic started to speed up again|
I decided to write a little before I forget the day but am headed off to sleep now.
I was the first one up today and spent some time adding photos to yesterdays blogs. Don got up and made coffee and we spent an hour chatting down in the den. Then the girls got up and we had some cereal and sweet rolls. Shortly after the girls headed for town and Don and I drove around the area so he could show me how much it has changed. I need the GPS just to get around the old neighborhood. There are bypasses and many new houses and buildings. We tried to visit a person or two but they were not home. So we had lunch at the pizza place at the courthouse. Then headed home.
|Our Old House|
|Don and his new Cougar|
|Very nice interior|
We had a very nice evening with friends that we have not seen for 13 years. Its been fun catching up and hearing what everyone has been up to.
We were all up showered and headed to church by about 9:50am this morning. Church is not far and it was great to see a lot of our friends that we have not seen for 13 years.
|Goshen Baptist Church|
Bonnie and I headed over then to visit for awhile with Mike and Sharlene. We got to meet their new family of dogs.
|A nice Husky|
|Long Haired German Shepard|
Its been a great weekend and we have enjoyed visiting and catching up here. We would have liked to seen a lot more people but you can only do so much in a couple days. Hopefully next time we visit we will have the coach and we can spend a lot more time. Well time to get this posted and get some sleep tomorrow we are headed to the outer banks.
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