Thursday, May 9
Fresh off of camping on the city streets of Logan, Ohio, we had plenty of home-time this week to refresh the Silvermine (and ourselves) for a weekend of “real” camping at Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana.
Six years ago the Indianapolis Grand Prix debuted, kicking off the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it quickly became a new family tradition. Part camping, part racing, and part shopping, the weekend is a nice mix for everyone.
Tom and I drove to Mounds on Thursday with threatening rain and a storm-grey sky. It never did rain! Mounds State Park was decked out in emerald green, and we established camp and enjoyed the overcast day sitting outside with 73 degree temperatures. The campground is nicely shaded with established hardwood trees . . . but also sports lots of green grass. This early in the season, everything was a beautiful emerald green! There is a network of hiking trails venturing out from the campground, following along a river and leading to several Indian Mounds.
After supper we enjoyed a campfire before moving into the Silvermine for the evening. Altogether a very relaxing day!
Friday, May 9
It poured rain for awhile in the middle of the night, but was out of the area by morning. I wasn’t worried when we woke to temperatures in the low 40’s, but by mid-afternoon when the temperature was barely 51 degrees I began to have my doubts. Obviously a cold front had blown in, and it was here for the weekend.
That didn’t stop Tom from hitting the trails with Jasper . . . and the camera. Wildflowers were in bloom, and he accumulated a nice little portfolio of pictures.
Caleb and Halie arrived at 2:30 . . . too cold to enjoy any kind of outdoor camping experience! We fixed that easily by going to a movie (Avengers) and out to eat (Mexican) Both were good.
Usually Caleb and Halie put up a tent that attaches to be back end of their mini-van, and they set up housekeeping in the tent, and a bedroom in the van. But with the weather cold and so much rain, we brought out the dinette bed in the front of the Silvermine, and they bedded down inside with us.
Saturday, May 10
The boys were up and out of here at 7:45 with plans to pick Micah up where he dropped his truck at the downtown Methodist Hospital parking garage. Halie and I delayed our departure for our annual shopping trip until 10:00. We made a bee-line for my favorite store, Duluth Trading Post, and hit the jackpot in a good way. From there we went to Maurice’s where Halie had a gift card to supplement the purchase of two dresses.. Success in a little over 1 hour – my kind of shopping.
It was a wet race, and even though their seats were under a covered awning, it was damp and windy and the guys were chilled the whole race. Nonetheless, they were happy to be there -- as the only picture they took shows!
Halie and I cozied-down in the Silvermine and were able to watch the race on TV. As it ended and the guys arrived back at the campground the rain moved in and Caleb and Halie decided to head for home rather than spend another night. Smart move! Tom and I slogged it out until Sunday morning,
So who is this Baby A? I have already explained that he was a part of our decorating for the “Pimp Your Blimp”/Astronomical Adventure at Urban Air. But, he turned out to be much more than just a decoration! He was a NOVA shared event . . . at it’s best.
He apparently fell from the sky and landed in the ditch outside of our house the week before Urban Air. Tom and I stabilized and cared for him, and took him to Urban Air in an attempt to contact his . . . . folks – whatever form they might take. Via Facebook, NOVA was made aware that he would be there – and that we would need help caring for him.
Meanwhile, at our home we cared for him as best we could.
Baby A started right out with his pranks as we were setting up on Thursday. Across the street from us Moni set up her trailer and some of her embellishments. Baby A snuck over and took a nap beside her "John Glen Slept Here" sign -- a part of her decoration for the Pimp Your Blimp Contest. It was 30 minutes before Moni discovered the little fellow, and scooped him up and brought him back to us!
Baby A had many trips up and down Main Street that first night, supervised by various NOVA members and meeting a lot of people. Adults seemed to accept Baby A but children were often a bit guarded when meeting him. Dawn took Baby A to her trailer for the evening, where he met up with her giant Flamingo!
Friday Baby A started out at M&M Family diner for breakfast, where she garnered pictures with Michelle (restaurant owner), some of Logan's key citizens, and a book author that was autographing and selling his paperback.
Tom and I took Baby A to the downtown library where I was going to work on my blog awhile. The librarian would not issue Baby A an honorary library card, and when asked if he could just have his picture taken holding one -- she replied "we don't take pictures with library cards!!" (All those personal numbers, you know.) Later, I found out that the librarian was a bit suspicious because the night before a loud and disruptive man came into the library saying Aliens had landed and were trying to abduct him . . .he said there was even a Baby Alien!!!!!
My thinking on that is that at least one citizen of Logan was not handling the Airstreams on Main Street and the Astronomical Adventure theme very well!
I sent Baby A off with Tom for a morning on the town, and the pictures Tom took show the various escapades of Baby A all morning long.
Baby A was shuffled around all weekend long by all the NOVA members. Some supervised him a little better than others!
On Saturday, during the Pimp Your Blimp contest, Baby A had a job to do . . . he was in charge of collecting tickets (votes!) at our Astronomical Adventure display! My ploy to garner votes didn't work. . . Baby A didn't bring in enough votes for us to place in the contest!
Down the road from us was the exhibit of NOVA members Suzie and John. It wasn't until late in the contest judging that I walked down to see their "Area 51 display -- complete with with an active bar passing out booze shots and mini-margaritas! Evidently, his strategy for votes was better than mine -- he won that contest!
The saving grace was that that we had accomplished our goal of reuniting Baby A with his long-lost kin! I took Baby A down to see Bartender A, and it was an obvious match! So ends the story of little Baby A, who fell from the sky, traveled all the way to Logan, Ohio, and reunited with his kind!
Friday morning began with a walk across the street (and down a block) to M&M's Family Diner. We discovered M&M's several years ago, and it has been our favorite place in Logan to eat! Owner Michelle always welcomes us and poses for a picture with the guys.
Hanging' around and visiting was the menu for the day. The evening included a Happy Hour hosted by Haydocy Airstream out of Columbus where many of our NOVA group had purchased their Airstream.
There were door prizes and an auction of three commemorative items made by Tom, Sue, and me to raise money for the Urban Air project to restore the downtown theater. Sue and I made pine needles baskets with Urban Air logo bottoms, and Tom sculpted a 3D scene of aliens, Airstreams, and UFO’s from wood. All together the auction raised over $300 for Urban Air!
I didn't get a picture of my basket, but here is the lovely one Sue made bringing in $100. Tom used the Urban Air logo and his scroll saw talent to create these unique basket bottoms!
Tom's 3D Alien scene was purchased by Carl Fisher, one of the masterminds of the whole Urban Air affair. Carl makes beautiful Ukuleles that have become very popular with our NOVA group! Talent runs in the Airstreamer veins!
Friday ended with some pretty awesome lights up and down the Main Street of Logan, OH!
Saturday May 4
I don’t think it rained last night, but the weather cooled off and the inside of the trailer felt “damp” when we woke up. We took showers and then headed for M&M’s Diner for breakfast. Here's a picture of the inside of M&M's!
Today was dedicated to the "Pimp Your Blimp" decorating contest. It was advertised by Urban Air with some pretty awesome artwork to get us motivated.
I also created a button to go along with our "Alien" take on the theme and passed out 120 of them all weekend long.
After walking the dogs we hauled out our decorating stuff and began to “pimp or blimp” to the Astronomical theme. All up and down the street many were doing the same as the decoration judging was to start at noon.
With this in mind, several weeks ago we started searching for some props for the “pimp your blimp” contest. We accumulated a few items, and then I found . . . . Baby “A”. Our theme was going to be based on aliens (thus my alien-themed button) and when I saw this little baby alien on Amazon . . . . I pushed the “buy now” button without a second thought! More . . . MUCH MORE . . . about Baby A . . . later!
We had a few things to set up outside the Silvermine to follow our Alien theme: a life-size Alien and an astronaut cut-out that gave strolling people a photo-op.
Riding on the Airstream back window was a little Alien Joy Rider. Tom made a UFO from two cast-off snow saucers and some little lights. Our little electric campfire, hung upside-down, gave a credible presence of a rocket blasting off!
Sue and Terry decorated with a NOVA theme -- displaying each NOVA trailer that was at Urban Air.
Randy and Chris' Airstream glowed with constellations.
Many other NOVA members decorated . . . but I didn't get around for pictures of everyone! I must say that NOVA was well-represented in decorating the downtown area!
I did get pictures of the contest winner -- NOVA's own John and Suzie -- sporting an "Area 51" theme . . . complete with a bartender serving some pretty out-of-this-world shots and treats!
You have been seeing a few pictures here and there with Baby A in them. In my next post I will tell the whole story of Baby A.
May 2, Thursday
Moving Day dawned with the silver trailers engulfed in heavy fog at the Fairgrounds. As it lifted, the parking committee formulated a plan to park our NOVA faction first and as close together as possible, a challenging proposition with over 20 in the group!
The fog lifted, and the move started. A washing/waxing service was available for a fee, and some lined up for the clean-up before heading downtown.
The parking committee worked efficiently and quickly and over 100 trailers were parked before 2:00 p.m. Main Street and some side streets were closed to traffic and our trailers pulled in with doors opening to the street, down both sides of the street. No parallel parking was involved as the Airstream was pulled forward and over to the curb and straightened out and then just backed up to the trailer behind. It took lots of boards to level the trailers on the curb side. The parking committee members are HEROES!
Thursday was mostly a day of setting up and settling in. It took awhile to get electricity routed to the ‘streams, and with temperatures in the 80’s we warmed up a little bit before we were able to get the fans running. All up and down the streets the Airstreams were settling in for a long weekend in the downtown atmosphere.
At 5:00 a thunderstorm moved in causing a scurry as people packed away chairs and outdoor rugs and put the awnings away. It was a very hard shower that lasted about 40 minutes, and then trickled off as the pot-luck dinner approached. The large round dining tables in our large indoors headquarters allowed for a great gathering for this first evening of Urban Air.
When we emerged from the pot-luck – the sun was shining and the temperature was 68 degrees and dropping. Circle groups started appearing, the fire pits came out, and everyone settled into a social evening. Tom and I made it a little past dark, and then came to the trailer – me for a shower!
We’ve been waiting for this one for 365 days. . . . Urban Air in Logan Ohio! This is the second year for this venue, the creation of Kirk McKeller. If you want to read all about Urban Air, click here to visit the official website https://wakeupdowntown.com
May 1, Wednesday
Cleaned-up and repacked with a two-day breather from the Great Smoky Mountains, we headed out at 9:00 a.m. for a 4-hour trip to Logan, Ohio . . . just southeast of Columbus. Hometown nearest Hocking Hills State Park, the location is ideal for a little metropolitan camping, while being able to sneak off to nature through the beautiful ravine featuring Old Man’s Cave.
The “staging” area for the rally was the County Fairgrounds, and when we arrived trailers were lined up and primed to be led to downtown parking at sun-up. All afternoon the number of trailers increased and our circle of chairs got bigger as we hang out. Last year it was mostly NOVA folk that adopted this pre-rally strategy, but this year at least 50 other trailers were in on this scheme!
In small groups we walked the blocks to downtown restaurants for dinner, or cooked out at the fairgrounds.. The temperatures peaked at 85 with a stiff breeze, but rapidly cooled off in the evening for a comfortable overnight.
As it got darker at the Fairgrounds we noticed some very strange reflections on the many of the silver trailers . . . it was almost as if something extra-terrestrial was trying to signal us from above! NOVA was harboring a little stranger among the group, and this was our first sense that contact was trying to be established. You'll be reading all about this throughout my Urban Air Reports.
Friday, April 26
It did rain last night – a gentle drumming that picked up towards morning. In the morning it was nice enough to sit under the awning with coffee and to visit with those venturing out. Late morning Tom and I headed out in search of strong phone reception to check messages and e-mails, still sprinkling off and on.
The weather cleared up during the afternoon, and was perfect for Tink’s acclaimed Amuse Busch. Amuse Busch is a “foodie” thing on TV, and means “small party in the mouth.” Tink has made it into a traveling affair where single bites of sampling-sized foods are served at each trailer. Of course, everyone serves more than just the single bite, and all of the servings added up to the makings of a full meal! Oh, and small drinks were also served at each stop . . . a smorgasbord of offerings to keep us well hydrated! Tom and I served margarita shrimp (hot off the grill) with a slice of lime and a shot of Tequila!
Tink’s added dose of fun was to add matching hoodies for the ladies that read: “We’re more than just camping friends – we’re like a really small GANG!" Needless to say, our little progressing around the campground, eating and drinking and appropriately outfitted, caused more than a little interest!
Saturday, April 27
That brings us to our last full day on this trip and at this rally.
Deep, deep in my memories as a child, are bumpy car rides up to and around Cades Cove. I always knew there was a “back way” into the Cove that we used to drive, but I wasn’t sure about the details. On our Cove tour Ken pointed out the road about 5 miles into the loop road: Rich Mountain Road that crossed over the mountains from the Cove to Townsend and thus into Maryville. The one-way road (heading from the Cove into Townsend) is 12 miles long, gravel, and very narrow. As it reaches the park boundary it becomes a two-way paved road and winds through a little community before landing in Townsend. It was a great trip down memory lane and something that we have never done in all our years of visiting.
The Spring Fling was ready to wind down, and on a very mellow note, Dan and Tim brought out guitars, Don brought out his harmonica, and we were entertained by a full hour concert of songs everyone knew. It just doesn’t get any better for an ending note!
Sunday morning early we headed for home. We had Monday and Tuesday to clean and repack for a very different type of venue: Urban Air.
Wednesday, April 24
We were in no hurry to leave Cades Cove today . . . in fact we had guests over for breakfast! A cute little couple was camped next to us in a very small tent, with no other amenities: camp chairs, cooler, firewood, etc. Last night they shared our campfire and told us how they were “trying out” camping. As we ended the night we invited them for breakfast.
We also had not been around the cove loop road yet, so at 9:45 we headed out for a quick trip . . . no stops. The traffic was light of both cars and bicyclists making a speedy tour.
By 11:30 we were hitched up and heading for the ten mile drive into Townsend and the Little Arrow Campground where sister Tink was holding her annual Spring Fling. It used to be an RPod event . . . but nowadays many of the originals have transitioned to other style campers. Tink still has the original RPod with the colored “rings” on the side!
Tom and I each showered and then loaded friends Bonnie and Ken into our truck for a run into Little River Trading Post (still looking for boots for Tom) and a grocery stop. With that, we were back at Little Arrow and ready to settle down into camp life – with electric, water, sewer, cable TV, and shower houses. The shower houses even had real, individual terry-cloth towels to dry hands on – no paper towels -- and beautiful stone floor/barn-sided/marble-seat stalls, distinctive sink troughs, and strong waterfall showers!
Thursday, April 25
We met Bonnie and Ken 10 years ago when we were newly involved in our TAB teardrop. Ken was nick-named “Mr. Gadget” because he always had the latest doohickey. Ken was on a fast track for retirement so they could head out work-camping for a few years. Following a stint in Florida (on an Island!) they migrated back to their first love . . . the Smoky Mountains. Here, they are park volunteers and deeply involved in all things Smoky! Today, Ken was leading a bus tour for us through Cades Cove.
Twelve of us left for a four-hour-tour in the comfort of a 14-passenger van with Ken talking us around the Cades Cove loop road. Even having grown up here, I learned a lot about Cove history! We made some stops and had a lecture at the Primitive Baptist Church by Cove Historian Volunteer Ranger Tom Harrington. We paused at the gristmill for a lunch stop and tour of the out-buildings. By 2:30 we were back at the campground, and I think everyone headed inside for a nap!
Supper was at a Townsend burger shop with outside seating. Onion rings were outstanding, and my corndog was at least 12” long! With rain predicted for the night, and maybe high winds, we put the camp chairs away and took the awning up, and settled into the Airstream for the evening.
Saturday, April 20,
9:00 a.m. found us floating down the road for our next adventure – rain, lots of high water, and temperatures in the low 40’s! Evidently our destination (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) was experiencing the same wet/cold front as we heard reports of flash floods in Elkmont Campground, and high water in our destination of Cades Cove. Our plan was to stop at the Tennessee border at Indian Mountain State Park, and head on into Cades Cove the next day – when temperatures were to climb to the 70’s, and the rain was to disappear!
In no particular hurry we pulled into Indian Mountain State Park campground at 3:30, and were pleasantly surprised by a beautiful small lake surrounded with campsites sporting full concrete pads and trees in full buds of spring green. We didn’t unhook, and other than these pictures by our campsite, we didn’t explore any more of the State Park! But, Tom did walk the pups around the lake!
Sunday, April 21
Easter Sunday – He is Risen!
With under 150 miles to drive from Jellico to Cades Cove we were off by 8:00. It was still a bit overcast, but predictions were for a steady climb in temperatures and sunshine all day.
Passing through the “Y”, the turn-off for Cades Cove, and just 2 miles short of the cove we saw the cars in front of us slowing down. A lot! We immediately thought of three causes: road construction, a back-up of traffic around Cades Cove loop road . . . or a bear jam. In the rear-view mirror we saw people leaving their cars behind us to walk up the side of the road; one woman stopped and told us there was a bear with two cubs up ahead. After 45 minutes, we could see crowds of people on the side of the road with cameras . . . and more up in the woods. The mother bear had climbed high up a tree and the cubs were about 15’ below her in the same tree. I clicked all my pictures from the truck, and we were then able to resume normal speed, arriving in Cades Cove by 11:00.
This might be a good time to show you the new purse that I got especially for this trip to the Smoky's!
As Tom was checking in at the ranger station, Airstream pals Georgia and Rick came up announcing they were camped fairly close to us in “B” loop. We were aware that they were going to be here visiting family over Easter. After we got set up and ate a snack lunch, we walked over to say hello and visit for a while.
During the afternoon, long-time camping friends Ken and Bonnie (they camp in a new Casita) drove through the campground and recognized our rig. They are park volunteers, and on duty somewhere in the park every Sunday. They will also be attending the Spring Fling, arriving on Wednesday. Bonnie and I made a date to teach her how to make pine needle baskets!
Tom and I had a special Easter Dinner: grilled shrimp on the Barbie, foil-packet potatoes, fresh pineapple and a bottle of our favorite Portuguese Lancer’s Wine . . . that we have carried around with us for the last 8 months! We trekked over to Rick and Georgia’s campsite for an evening campfire, and as it got dark, groped our way back home.
Monday, April 22
It has been a long time since we have had hash and eggs cooked outside for breakfast, and that started our morning.
As we drove the road from Cades Cove to Gatlinburg after breakfast, Tom wondered how many times we have driven it in the past 41 years together? Not enough to ever get tired of it!
Our mission in Gatlinburg was to look for boots for Tom at our Nantahala supply store. He didn’t find what he was looking for . . . but I found two pair of earrings and a little puzzle-cut wooden bear! We walked the length of the town, finding it not too crowded on this Monday morning after Easter.
At the bear jam location the rangers were taking a do-not-disturb policy of marking off the sides of the road to prevent cars from pulling over and stopping. Even with this precaution people were parking and walking and a large group was gathered under the tree where the mom and two babies hung out.
During the afternoon I took a shower and Tom took a nap in the sunshine (75 degrees) in preparation for dinner in Townsend. At 3:00 we drove the 7 miles into Little Arrow Campground where sister Tink was all set up and hosting an RPod Pre-Rally, and where we would be joining her on Wednesday. She, along with several friends, drove into Townsend where we met brother Richard and his friend, Paula . . . 9 for dinner at the Trail Head Restaurant.
I didn't take very many pictures today!
Tuesday, April 23
We’ve done it all before . . . but we did it again anyway! We left the Cove with Rick and Georgia following and drove to the “Y” and on to Sugarlands. We continued up and up to Newfound Gap, and then down over the other side into North Carolina and the Oconaluftee area and Cherokee. We ventured onto Big Cove Road, and for the fourth time in a row (during the past 3 years) we found the Balsam Mountain Road still closed for winter! We opted for a beautiful drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to Soco Gap and followed Route 19 back to Cherokee. We then backtracked to Newfound Gap, Sugarlands, and back to the Cove. 6 hours of glorious mountain scenery at the peak of spring.
That ends the first part of our spring trip to Tennessee. Tomorrow we would be heading 10 miles down the road to Townsend, where we would be joining Sister Johanna (Tink) for her annual Spring Fling! Check back for more about this rally!
Saturday, April 13
All aboard the breakfast train! Thirteen of us made it into the famous Lincoln’s Diner in downtown Gettysburg. Famous for 24-hour breakfast service, it lived up to it’s reputation as a great place to eat.
Having not seen Little Round Top yesterday, we scouted out a back road access and headed out there after breakfast. One of our favorite stops on the battlefield trail, it is impressive to overlook the field of war far down in the slaughter den, the Devil’s den, and the hill the rebels climbed to challenge Chamberlain on the extreme left of the Union line. Chamberlain held them off with a famous bayonet charge that sent the Rebs scampering down the hill for good.
We picked up lunch and carried it with us to the next appointment . . . A hike following Pickett’s infamous charge across the battlefield. All who wanted to tramp this one-mile walk met at auto stop #5 – the Virginia Memorial. We arrived 90 minutes early, tucked into our lunch, and took a 20 minute nap in the truck. It turned out that several others had the same idea.
A confederate soldier was resting at the edge of the field and was able to offer some information on the path to follow.
At 2:00 a group of 6 (Tom, Carol, Chris, Randy, Sue and Terry) and guide dog Buddy, posed for a picture and headed out on the hike following Pickett’s footsteps. The rest of us set out by car to pick them up at the High Water Mark, Pickett’s destination. Along the way, the group picked up another foot soldier, Rick, who had hiked out to meet them! On the other side drivers and walkers posed for pictures before heading for our last stop of the day – The National Soldier’s Cemetery.
The cemetery is the site where Lincoln visited on November 19, four months after the battle, and delivered his Gettysburg Address. Tom verbally commemorated it with the group, and it was on this note that we ended our visit to Gettysburg.
A note about today’s backdrop: Sunny, 72 degrees, every flowering tree and in peak bloom, and other trees and shrubs fully budded in a fresh green. It could not have been more perfect.
We had two more items to mark off the weekend agenda: A pot-luck dinner and the last episode of our movie.
The food spread was amazing: lasagna, potatoes and sausage, chicken, chili with toppings, corn cake/pudding, pies, ice cream . . . . didn't stop eating to get any pictures! By 7:00 we were cleaned up and settled into our outdoor theater to finish our 4-hour movie! After focusing our efforts today on Pickett’s charge, the end of the movie, featuring this devastating effort, was a very moving way to end this rally!
At 9:30 pm we all said our good-byes and agreed that we would be on our way in the morning without worry about getting together. For Tom and I there was a 10-hour drive to get home.
Thursday, April 11
A side note about those beautiful new shower houses at Pine Grove Furnace: There was a button to push to start the spray, and the water was pre-set to a nice-warm. But the spray only lasted 5 seconds before you had to mash that button again! I quit counting at 36 . . .
Another side note about our campsite – it appeared that the battle might have gone through, leaving cannon holes in the trees!
The day began with different combinations heading into the Visitor’s Center to begin delving into Gettysburg history and some remaining in the lovely setting of the Pine Grove Furnace to enjoy the two lakes and many hiking trails. At the Visitor’s Center we purchased the tickets combining the story of the Gettysburg film (“A New Birth of Freedom” narrated by Morgan Freeman) with the famous Cyclorama of Pickett’s Charge, and a visit through the Museum. We ran short of time with the Museum as we needed to eat lunch and report to our SegTour location by 1:00.
At the SegTour site the nine of us were issued horses (a Segway with the name of a horse from the battle of Gettysburg) and received vigorous training in Segway modus operandi on the indoor obstacle course/training track. Three patient, funny, and knowledgeable instructors spent an hour teaching us the ropes before heading out the back door, down the city streets, and across into the battlefield road. Being Thursday the roadway was nearly void of other traffic, and our little single-file brigade, armed with ear speakers linked to our guide, navigated the road up to Culp’s Hill and back – a 1 ½ hour trip. We all slowly settled into our groove on those upright travel vehicles, and within a very short time we were all feeling comfortable and safe. Most of us agreed that 1 ½ hours was plenty of time to enjoy our first Segway tour.
We weren't allowed to take pictures while on the move -- our tour guide, Al, took plenty and posted them on a Flicker site where we had download access!
At the campground we gathered for a campfire and another episode of our “Gettysburg” movie in our outdoor theater! I gave a brief recap of our plans for tomorrow, and then we were all off to bed!
Friday, April 12
Today it took a little bit of reworking to define drivers and riders and destinations. Some went hiking in the State Park, and some went into tour the battlefield. All agreed on a meet-up time for dinner tonight.
Our truck included Tom and I, Alan and the dogs – headed for the Battlefield. A short stop at the Visitor’s Center where we bought the Gettysburg Field Guide Auto Tour, and we were off on the 24-mile tour with historian Wayne Motts narrating our ride. While at the Visitor Center we had a little chat with Abe Lincoln, and then by 10:15 we were on our way.
The battlefield drive is always a treat, and each time we learn a little bit more. I forget most of the details, but Tom retains them all and has a wonderful sense of who was where and what was what.
The battle started when Confederate infantry began advancing east along Chambersburg Pike. From the Lutheran Seminary cupola General Bufford saw the advancing army, and his only hope was that he could hold them off with his 2,500 Calvary until Reynolds arrived. He did, but when Reynolds arrived, he was immediately killed giving him the distinction of being the highest-ranking officer to die over the next three days. So began the battlefield tour at the North end of the battlefield. At the end of the day, the Confederates may have won the battle . . . but the Union still held the “high ground” . . . “the good ground.”
I won’t try to detail the whole 3-day battle, but I will show you some pictures that I took around the battlefield. Sad to say, the portion of the road going up to my favorite location – Little Round Top – was closed.
Everyone had scattered during the day, and we re-grouped at the campground at 5:00 to make up a dinner plan. With some reluctance to drive back into Gettysburg to the General Pickett’s Buffet (23 miles) we opted for the town of Carlisle and Red Robin Restaurant . . . it ended up being 19 miles! I neglected to even take a picture.
Back at the campground rain started and was too heavy to sit under the awning to watch our movie. Everyone enjoyed retiring to their Airstream . . . where they listened to the lovely patter of raindrops all night.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown