Learning about war....

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Cherry Hill Campground, College Park, MD

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

The next day we had some reorganizing to do. We started to plan out our DC sightseeing.  Phil had to get a new phone (since his phone was pickpocketed in NYC)  Around 12:30, we set out for Fort McHenry in Balimore, Maryland. 

This is the fort that the British tried to take from the United States. Francis Scott Key witnessed the battle as a prisoner on a ship and it inspired him to write the Star Spangled Banner.  "Oh say can you SEE!!...."

The kids earned their third Junior Ranger badge!  And Ben and Katrina acquired fancy Junior Ranger hats.

Then we set out for Gettysbug, PA.  So we show up at 4:30, and ask for the "Reader's Digest verson" of the Gettysburg experience.  The ranger kinda rolled his eyes at us.  Gave us our Junior Ranger workbooks, and sent us to the movie.  It was an interesting movie at least.  Narrarated by Morgan Freeman.  After that, we see a Cyclrama dramatazation of the three day battle, the bloodiest battle ever fought. A frenchman painted a 360 degree picture of the battle and they light it all up showing the play by play. 

Then we buy a CD that narrarates us through the battlefield.  I was at the counter in the souviner shop.  The cashier says I look familiar to him.  I tell him he can't possibly have seen me before - I'm from the LA area.  He says "oh, I used to live near there in Thousand Oaks!"  I say "Uh, yeah, that's where I'm from."  But the coincidence stops there.  He moved in '91....I didn't get to TO until '95.

And then another BIZZARE coincidence happens!  We are looking for where the audiotour starts.  Pretty much everyone has gone home by now.  We have 2 hours before sundown to get through this place.  As we start the CD, we have to pull over into a parking lots until it gets to the part where we can start driving.  Then I see someone familiar waaaay over across the parking lot.  Is that Mary Maki's husband?  Gee, sure could look like him....and his daughter....and is that his son...and Mary Maki?!?!  Yep!  Mary and I talked at the PTA end of year luncheon and I knew she was going to DC this summer, but I didn't think we would even be here at the same time, much less going to Gettysburg on the same day!!!  So of course, Phil drives us over to them and we get to talk with them.  (He's getting used to this)  

So, we do the whole Gettysburg driving tour alllll over the place.  Stopping at each interest point. The kids did pretty well.  It's a lot to take in!  They completed their Junior Ranger badge, but it was too late to turn it in.  We'll have to mail it.  It was the hardest one to complete!

Tomorrow we have passes to tour the White House!
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Teresa on

Just found your blog. I've been wondering how your trip was going and I got to catch up! Sounds like an awesome time! Can't wait to see you in Oregon and hear more about each place. Save travels!!

Alicia on

I didn't know you were going through Gettysburg. My father-in-law lives there. Did you get to watch any re-enactments? We actually saw someone accidentally shot when we were there...guy, uh, "grabbed the wrong musket" ??? It was just in the leg. He survived.

Cathy Warner on

Everything sounds so great. What a wonderful experience you and the kids are having. I am enjoying it through you eyes.

Mianna on

These coincidences are amazing......the people you are running into, etc!

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