Monday, August 21, 2017

Tour of America Day #7

We had to leave early and so we said our goodbyes to the Wankiers.
This is a good looking bunch of kids! 

 Oh how I miss this sweet friend of mine. She understood me and viewed the world in much the same way I do. I love her testimony, strength, passion, talents, and reality. 
 We thought we would leave Hartford and drive down to New York City and glimpse the Statue of Liberty which was supposed to be a 2 ish hour drive and after 1 1/2 hours we still had 2 hours to go so we said sorry kids and headed to Gettysburg - the main destination of the day. 
 We made it to the visitor's center and museum with 2 hours to see it all. That proved to be a perfect amount of time for our little brood.  The cyclerama painting was magnificent. The detail was breathtaking. There are 2 men holding each other just above the wagon on the right. They are the Bird Brothers who spoke with the artist about their experience at Gettysburg in an effort to help him portray the events. 

 These are some good looking soldiers. 

 What is crazy to me about Jon in this picture is that many of the men were not much bigger than he was and there were plenty of boys who lied about their age to join so they were not much older than Joseph. 

 After seeing the museum and visitor's center, we drove around and saw a few of the landmarks. Sadly, due to our time delays in getting to Gettysburg, we missed the ranger talks at these locations. It was still a sacred place for sure. I am so grateful for the freedoms we have in this country and for the terrible price that was paid to maintain it. 

We had a long drive to Roanoke, VA after Gettysburg and it was late when we finally arrived but we were grateful for a place to sleep and to be out of the car. We drove through this really cool old, one way bridge. Both Peter and I, could not help but think of Beetlejuice.

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