Gettysburg: 150 Years Later

13 Aug

The first three days of July marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Battle of Gettysburg. This was a crucial battle in the outcome of the Civil War and it made every farm field and gardens in the town of Gettysburg a graveyard. The community did its part in honoring those that had fallen, keeping the ground a living memorial.

This, too, is where President Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address. As a side note, he was not the keynote speaker at the dedication of the Gettysburg Battlefield Cemetery, but a gentleman by the name of Edward Everett had the honor. Everett was a noted orator of the time and Lincoln was asked to give a few appropriate remarks. Everett’s speech droned on for more than two hours and in just over two minutes Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address, which is a speech so on point and full of impact, it lives on as one of the best orations in history.

If you are in Pennsylvania, this is a stop that you should make. You can visit the Gettysburg National Military Park a variety of ways. When you go to the visitor’s center, you can pick up an audio tour on CD that takes you through the park and tells you about the park. You may also want to do a bus tour where you can hop on and off the bus with a licensed guide. Or you can hire a guide that will go with you through the park. All are great options. If you’re tight on time, get the audio CD. You do need a full day to explore the visitor’s center and make your way through the entire park.

Confederate reenactors pose for us at the North Carolina foothold on Gettysburg's battlefield.

Confederate reenactors pose for us at the North Carolina foothold on Gettysburg’s battlefield.

 

The town of Gettysburg with the Lutheran Seminary's tower bordering the battlefield.

The town of Gettysburg with the Lutheran Seminary’s tower bordering the battlefield.

 

The cyclorama depicting Pickett's Charge inside the Gettysburg Visitor's Center is a must see.

The cyclorama depicting Pickett’s Charge inside the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center is a must see.

 

A student's ancestor fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and wrote letters home throughout the fight. One of the letters survived. Here the teacher reads the letter from the serviceman from the 14th Regiment (NY) from the city of Brooklyn in front of its memorial. Bringing history to life!

A student’s ancestor fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and wrote letters home throughout the fight. One of the letters survived. Here the teacher reads the letter from the serviceman from the 14th Regiment (NY) from the city of Brooklyn in front of its memorial. Bringing history to life!

 

Me and John at the Gettysburg Eternal Light Peace Memorial. It is said this memorial is where Jackie Kennedy got the idea for the eternal flame at her husband's grave, President John F. Kennedy.

Me and John at the Gettysburg Eternal Light Peace Memorial. It is said this memorial is where Jackie Kennedy got the idea for the eternal flame at her husband’s grave, President John F. Kennedy.

 

Grand Teton National Park’s Beauty

11 Aug

Grand Teton National Park is my winner for the most dramatic views. The Grand Teton mountain range is small, yet mighty. With no foothills, this range makes for spectacular views. You decide for yourself.

Entrance into Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

Entrance into Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming

 

Chapel of the Transfiguration at Grand Teton National Park

Chapel of the Transfiguration at Grand Teton National Park

 

The Grand Tetons from Jackson Lake Lodge.

The Grand Tetons from Jackson Lake Lodge.

 

Flying Through Another Year

9 Aug

We’re a couple of oddballs. There are too many things to count making us odd, but the oddest of them all is we share the same birthday. To the love of my life, my favorite pilot and partner in crime, Happy Birthday! And happy birthday to me, too! Love ya ~

 

John and I flying to Missouri this summer.

John and I flying to Missouri this summer.

Where the Buffalo Roam

8 Aug

No matter how many times I see a buffalo, a.k.a the American Bison, I’m in awe. This big ole beast seems to be stuck in the prehistoric era with its massive head and narrow hips. Now that it’s rutting season, you get to see the males display their brawn with a bit of head butting. We wouldn’t want anyone to mess with the harem, now, would we gentlemen?

Buffalo by the hundreds dot the hillside of South Dakota's Custer State Park.

Buffalo by the hundreds dot the hillside of South Dakota’s Custer State Park.

 

Flies don't like the dust and dirt in the buffalo's wallow, which makes it a good insect repellent for the beast.

Flies don’t like the dust and dirt in the buffalo’s wallow, which makes it a good insect repellent for the beast.

 

Mud Volcanoes is a popular spot for the buffalo due to the lack of insects in the area.

Mud Volcanoes is a popular spot for the buffalo due to the lack of insects in the area.

 

Where there's a traffic jam, there are animals. Buffalo Jam!

Where there’s a traffic jam, there are animals. Buffalo Jam!

 

 

Watch my American Parks Trail Tour

4 Aug

Every tour group is unique, and this was a special lot. It was my first tour this season on my favorite departure, the American Parks Trail. I tried something new in making a video from the photos I took of the group. They loved it. Now I’m sharing it with you!

Resolve to Travel

1 Jan

Welcome 2013! I hope you had a year full of adventures and, if not, you resolve to travel more this year. On a trip to Los Angeles, I found the “Travel Angel” at the Farmer’s Market at 13th and Fairfax. Here’s wishing you a year full of safe adventures!

Here’s to a year full of fantastic travels!