Got up, had our breakfast and at Arlington at 0900...0930 or so the shuttle picks us up! Because it Saturday am the traffic didn't seem as bad today even though the National Mall area is having some kind of festival..We headed over to the Air and Space Museum figuring we had until about 1200 to get out of there and head for Gettysburg!
|Adam waiting for the shuttle on Saturday|
|Getting ready for the sunny day...putting sunscreen on|
|Diane, Jesse, Aaron and Jacob|
|The Air and Space Museum|
|Aaron, Jacob and Adam|
We enjoyed the Air and Space even though you could spend the whole day there...at least they got a taste of it! So about 1245 or so we were on the road heading for Gettysburg, PA.
Stopped along the way and got Taco Bell, figuring we'd have a good dinner that night! A short 90 mile drive or so and we checked into the Super 8 in Gettysburg. Took a look at the map while the boys swam a bit and then headed downtown to see about a Ghost Tour!
Before the Ghost Tour we decided to head for a place called the Appalachian Brewery for dinner..with all of us they set us downstairs and our server was actually one of the brewers...Tony was a great guy and we enjoyed our time with him! He kept bringing beers for tasting and before we left he gave us a 64 ounce growler of their beer! Awesome place, not only the beer, Tony but the food was great! Would definitely go back again!!
|Jesse, Tony and Russell!! Great evening!|
Gettysburg is a cute little town, very touristy and with alot of history! So we decided on what was called the "Black Cat Tour"....well, not impressed...wouldn't do it again, but that's ok...We met at 2100 and walked a bit, but no ghosts...oh well..
|Gettysburg had a mock camp set up in town!|
|Waiting for the ghost tour on Saturday..|
|Looking for ghosts!|
So after the tour we headed back to our hotel knowing we were going on the battlefield tour the next morning! This hotel had a continental breakfast that was pretty good, waffles, yogurt, cereal etc. no eggs which would have been nice..
We left the hotel and headed for the tour company Battlefield Tours...we had reserved our seats on the top level of a double decker bus...luckily the weather was great! The tour was awesome and told so much of about the battle...it was guided by an approved National Parks guide. She didn't work for the National Park Service but had to pass their tests in order to state she was approved. She was a wealth of information! Don't think she stopped talking for the whole two hours! Well worth the money and would definitely do this again!
|Diane, Jesse, Adam and Jacob on the double decker bus|
listening to the story of the Gettysburg Battle!
|Russell and Lori!|
|Aaron..looks like he forgot his hat...|
|We happened to catch a reenactment of a battle!|
|Adam in front of a cannon|
|Adam on a tower..|
|There's Russell in the gift store...Jacob right behind him in blue|
After the tour we headed for Dobbins House the oldest building in Gettysburg..I had been there a few times, with the volunteers and with Ken in 2006. Had to wait a bit to get a table but glad we did. It used to be used as a restaurant but also was part of the underground railroad for slaves way back when. It's darkly lit, but reminded us of Tun Tavern. Food was awesome along with the drinks...
Took a walk after lunch along the streets of Gettysburg and then headed back to the motel for a bit.
|Where Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address...|
|Russell taking a much needed nap!|
After a little rest, we headed out and went back over some of the tour area on our own...there was a tower to be climbed, and other things to be seen...Then back to Gettysburg and dinner at an old Irish Pub in downtown Gettysburg. Food was good and beer was great!
After dark we decided to head for the local cemetary (yes cemetary) and conduct our own ghost tour! That was alot more fun than the commercial one. Then back to town for some awesome ice cream! Close to 2300 we decided it was time to call it a night as we were headed to Philadelphia in the morning and our last night before catching the plane home!
|Our ghost night at the cemetary...can u see the orb?|
|This pic was taken right after ....all gone!|