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