About the Trip
Originally, Dave and I had plans to go to the beach. Then we had plans to go hiking, then mountain biking, and then we finally settled on a day trip to Gettysburg. It is approximately 1.5 hours away from the DC area. Upon arrival, we entered the Visitor’s Center via a walking path that was surrounded by beautiful wildflowers and berry trees. We opted to take the auto tour so that we could go at our own pace and do our own thing, so we purchased the “Travel Brains-Gettysburg Field Guide. The guide came with 2 CDs and a guidebook, which was great for me because I am very visual and it provided excellent sketches of the battlefield formations that occurred during July 1st through July 3, 1863. We followed the CD, which took us to 17 different stops, which included—McPherson Ridge, Oak Hill, Oak Ridge, North Carolina Memorial, Virginia Memorial, Pitzer Woods, Warfield Ridge, Little Round Top, Devil’s Den, The Wheatfield, The Peach Orchard, Trostle Farm, Father Corby, Pennsylvania Memorial, Spangler’s Spring, Culp’s Hill, and High Water Mark. At the end of our tour, we parked at the old Visitor’s Center and walked through the Gettysburg National Cemetery, which is where Abraham Lincoln made his famous “Gettysburg Address.”
It took us approximately 5 hours to complete the tour and this is because we stopped at every single stop to take pictures and tour the area. On our way home, we splurged and stopped at a highly recommended BBQ joint, “Chubby’s BBQ,” which is located in Emmitsburg, MD.
WHAT WE BROUGHT
- Camelbak (3 liters)
- CyberShot SD 1000
- Credit card
- Cell phones
- Comfy clothes
- Sandwiches and snacks
Throughout the tour, there were a handful of observation towers and the views of the battlefield from above the trees were extraordinary. After descending from the Observation Tower right outside of Pitzer Woods, we saw a truck drive by that was carrying an army of soldiers! We have to say that it was hilarious to see Civil War soldiers hitching a ride in a pick up truck. We drove behind them and pulled over and watched them get out of the truck. I stuck my head out of the car and asked them where they were going. They told me that they were hiking to Little Round Top and asked if I wanted to go with them. I asked the leader of the group if I could take a picture of him. As I was fumbling with the camera, he told me to hurry up because if he had to stand still any longer he was going to charge me $5.00 for his photograph. I had a good laugh, then snapped a charming picture of him as seen below.
Upon our arrival to Spangler’s Spring, we were surprised to see a reenactment camp set up! These particular reenactors were a part of the 21st Georgia Volunteer Infantry and are invited to travel to historical parks to educate the public about life during the Civil War.
I have to give props to all of the reenactors. They do a superb job of bringing history to life. As you gaze out at the barren open field, the reenactors really help you to envision the events that unfolded 147 years ago.
LIVE AND LEARN
Next time, we are going to visit the Visitor’s Center and see the Cyclorama and the museum, AND we want to hike the trail that runs through the park. AND we are going to bring more water because towards the end of our trip, we had depleted our water supply…and that was 3 liters of water!
When traveling in the summer, be sure to bring extra water!
Show me the dough
“Travel Brains-Gettysburg Field Guide = $26.49 (tax included)
Chubby’s BBQ= $36.00
Fuel Cost: Round trip of 164 miles = $16.40