the 3 hr Civil War audio tour that become 5 hrs!

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The first stop of our audio tour

I was up by around 7 AM and was ready for the BIG day.  I went to the kitchen area of the hotel where they served the free continental breakfast.  Got ourselves some tea, banana muffins, mini bagels and fruits and brought it back to our room.  Yes, this is one of the big plus of this Quality Inn General Lee's Headquarters, the variety of the all you can eat breakfast + the historical location next to the battlefield. 

It was around 30 degrees that day and we made sure that we have our thermals on and other clothing to ward off the chill.  With our audio tape ON, we where to start at McPherson's Ridge.  It took a few turns to figure out where this bridge is.  The problem was, Krystal and I would often disagree which is North, South, East & West.

A Union General
  I found our bridge and they were about 3 other cars taking their own audio tour.  I liked the fact the monuments commemorated the fallen troops for each state.  I made sure that I took a photo of the Brooklyn soldiers monument - I'm a proud Brooklynite!

We headed to the Eternal Light Peace Memorial which had a good overview of the fields.  During this time we are already cold because of the blustering wind.  We would get out photos and rush back to the car or just roll down the windows and clicked away.  We haven't gone for one hour and Krystal was already asking for the bathroom.  I suggested just go behind a tree.  I got voted down so we went off the tour and found the Doubleday Inn/Hotel and she was able to do number one.

Comemorating the Union soldiers
  Sometimes, I wonder if her bladder is only a size of a peach fruit.  During our third hour, we were already getting hungry.  We ate our power bars and swore right after the  tour, we are doing to head to a restaurant (which tour out to be the Farnsworth House).

We arrived at Devil's Den overlook.  This place was on top of a hill which the Union army defeated the Confederates in one of the campaigns.  It was dang windy and we rushed to take our photos.  Before we even left the Devil's Den overlook, Krystal got another urge to pee.  They had NO bathrooms there.  She said she can't make it.  So, we walked 30 feet away, found a big boulder and she did it.  Funny, then I had to pee as well and said why not?  A tour bus was headed our way after we did our deed.

The canons
  It would have been embarrashing if the other tourist saw us with our 'indescent exposure' moment.

Nearing the end of our audio tour, we went in the Gettysburg National Museum.  Finally, a relief for the cold and wind.  We browsed at the gift shop and I bought an American Flag pin + a patch which I can sewn to my messenger bag.  Krystal got her Gettysburg fridge magnet.  She's been making a collection of  the places we visited together by buying a magnet.  Last year was Las Vegas and the other year before that was Dominican Republic.

Our last stop was the Gettysburg National Cemetary.  They have a monument erected for Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address.  That was great ending to our 5 hour LONG tour.  Our night was capped with a great dinner at the Historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern(http://www.dobbinhouse.com).  I had a blackened fish (cajun style) and Krystal ordered a chicken entree.  We toasted our night with a local Pennsylvania champagne.

arlene0725 says:
Yes, the two of us were the 'Comedy of Errors' that weekend.
Posted on: Mar 17, 2009
oldschoolbill says:
Too Funny
Posted on: Mar 16, 2009
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The first stop of our audio tour
The first stop of our audio tour
A Union General
A Union General
Comemorating the Union soldiers
Comemorating the Union soldiers
The canons
The canons
General Robert E. Lee
General Robert E. Lee
The Lutheran Church which became t…
The Lutheran Church which became …
The calvary
The calvary
A monument
A monument
Devils Den (it was freezing that …
Devil's Den (it was freezing that…
The huge Pennsylvania soldiers mo…
The huge Pennsylvania soldier's m…
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