After leaving Louisiana, I spent a pleasant week at the home of my nephew Kirk & his family. He, Nicole and the kids are in the midst of packing up to leave their home to move to a brand new townhouse not very far from their current home. That means it was doubly wonderful they consented to my very-nearly-unannounced visit.
I have long been interested in visiting Gettysburg National Historic Park so that was our first main visit on our trip.
The first stop was the Pennsylvania Monument. Read that the angel at the top of this ode to Pennsylvania union troops was cast from a melted civil war cannon.
The individual plaques lining the base, show the roster of each of PA's infantry & regiments.
|View from the stairwell, over Lincoln's head|
|Cool spiral stairwell|
|At the top of the stairs, a mysterious, orb emitting spectre|
that answers to the name of 'Willikins'
|Gettysburg seen from top of the Pennsylvania Monument|
|Ditto on the view|
Statues, monuments and war memorials are scattered around the grounds. Solid memoires meant to give meaning to the countless deaths of men & women on both sides during the civil war.
|old style, worn fencing, edge fields|
|Statues and monuments are to be found all over the area|
|Drums & knapsacks to this ode to Pennsylvania's 106th infantry|
|A tiny view inside the spacious visitor center|
|A Civil War encampment under glass|
|Civil War era arms|
|Yay! Calvary gear like grandpappy had|
These massive, oil-on-canvas paintings were displayed in special auditoriums and enhanced with landscaped foregrounds sometimes featuring trees, grasses, fences and even life-sized figures. The result was a three-dimensional effect that surrounded viewers who stood on a central platform, literally placing them in the center of the great historic scene
So we got to experience the Cyclorama which in effect a visit to another century. Cool!
We heard a description of the battles, and a live talk about the artist that painted the massive circular painting. Here are some close looks.
And sometime after dark, we finally approached Ohio.
After dark, we finally approached Ohio...
Where the local Highway patrol stopped us and gave William a $175 plus speeding ticket, although our rental car speedometer indicated we were NOT speeding. That wasn't very welcoming and put rather a damper on the end of our first day on the road.
Bummed, but hopeful for the rest of our journeys, we stayed overnight in Twinsburg, Ohio. Twinsburg is famous for its annual Twins Day Festival. In my book that falls short of a birding festival but interesting nevertheless.