As you are aware, I was away from the blog last week. I was also away from home since Dale and I, along with my stepdaughter Jessica and her son Patrick, were in Gettysburg PA. You might ask, who on earth goes to Gettysburg in February? Well, apparently we do, mostly because the timing was right and we thought it would be fun to see what the landscape there looks like in the winter. I should point out that this was Dale’s 13th visit to Gettysburg and my 10th but it was the first for Jess and Patrick and that made it pretty special.
Frankly, there were lots of special things about this trip. First of all, there was the beautiful farmhouse we rented. It was located right at the base of Little Round Top, just on the edge of the battlefield. There were 5 pretty bedrooms, a big living room with a gas fireplace, a cheerful dining room and a really cute little kitchen. The off-season price was great and the 12 acres of land surrounded it were pretty awesome, too. It was the perfect place to hang out, play checkers, relax and recharge after touring.
Something else that was amazingly special was running on the battlefield. Yes, my dear readers, I actually went for a run on the Battlefield of Gettysburg. Dale dropped me off at the Pennsylvania Monument and I made a circuit of the roads there, ending with the high water mark. I listened to the soundtrack from the movie Gettysburg the whole time and it was inspiring and awesome. I actually got a little verklempt about the whole thing, marveling not only at my ability to run for a couple of miles but also at the scenery and surroundings.
Other special moments included a brief snowstorm which covered the monuments with beautiful fluffy snow, our visit to the Cyclorama which is an amazing part of the new Visitor’s Center, and dining at all of our favorite Gettsyburg restaurants.
Truly, though, the best part was sharing it with Jess and Patrick. They were both pretty enthusiastic and interested in seeing all of the monuments and doing all of the things. Dale just loves explaining this battle to anyone who will listen and I was so grateful that he had someone new to talk to about it. Not that I’m sick of it or anything. Oh no, not at all. It’s just . . . well . . . you know what I mean. Right?
All in all, it was a great trip. It’s a long ride and the weather was pretty cold but it was great to be in this spot, to share the history with our kids, to enjoy it with Dale right before the 150th anniversary of the battle and . . . there was one other thing I was going to mention . . . what was it? Oh, right.
To drink Yuengling.