Tuesday, June 23, 2009

From Buggies to Battles

On Friday Kelly showed Rianna more of the area we live and some of the cultural fare only found in Amish Country. One of the stops was the Bluegate Farm for some home grown produce. There, Kelly got Rianna a Whoopie Pie and some home made Root Beer. She loved the Whoopie Pie and hated the Root Beer.

Rianna kept seeing the buggies all over town and told us that she thought we were joking when we said the Amish don't use automobiles.

Later that evening the girls had a little home spa time.

On Saturday the ladies were crafty and went to Star-glazers, a do-it-yourself pottery place, where Rianna made a door plate and Kelly made a trivet. We'll be sure to post some pictures when we get them back.

Sunday was Father's Day so we all made sure to call our Dad's to wish them a happy one. We went to church at LCBC where Rianna enjoyed herself at the Junior High service and met some new friends.

After church we made a quick stop at "That Fish Place" and "That Pet Place" because it is the largest pet and pet supply store on the Easter Seaboard.

Kelly petting a HUGE rabbit!

They even had a touch tank!

Later we headed over to the Dice house for some BBQ. Ben's cousin and her husband are visiting them from Atlanta so the house was full of good food and good company. Later that evening we all played Apples to Apples where we learned that lobsters, oranges, and the Gulf War can best be described as "casual." (If you've played the game you understand)

For Monday's adventure we decided to give Rianna a taste of history and drive to Gettysburg. On a random note, Kelly has decided that she to open a food joint called "Gettysburgers."(Investors should jump at this one)

After a brief stop at the Visitors Center we headed over to the National Cemetery for a ranger walk and talk about the cemetery and the Gettysburg Address. While there we ran into this fellow:

To properly bury the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg, the "Soldiers Cemetery" was established on the battleground near the center of the Union line. The plots are divided up by state and their is one section for Unknown Soldiers of the war.

The soldiers national monument at the center of the cemetery.

The flag marks the approximate location of where the Gettysburg Address was given.

Civil War era cannons are all throughout the park.

The Gettysburg Address memorial.

After the cemetery we began the self-guided auto tour. We enjoyed being able to stop wherever we wanted to take pictures or to just take in the view.

The Eternal Light Peace Memorial stands on the site of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. President F.D. Roosevelt dedicated the memorial on the 75th anniversary of the battle. The monument is a perpetual flame with an inscription reading "Peace Eternal in a Nation United".

The North Carolina Memorial.

Kelly and Rianna take in the view.

The Virginia Memorial to General Robert E. Lee.

Near Little Round Top.

The Pennsylvania Monument (can you see Kelly and Rianna on top of it?).

From the top of the Pennsylvania Monument.

After our tour of Gettysburg National Park we needed some food and found a great Irish eatery called O'Rorke's. The best part was we had a buy-one-get-one coupon! (If you know Kelly, you know how she LOVES a good deal.)

Post dinner we went on the Ghosts of Gettysburg Tour.

Rianna and Kelly looking for Ghosties oooooohhhhhh!

Along the tour we noticed that buildings still standing for the time of the battle were marked with plaques.

Our tour guide gave us many interesting stories of ghosts and spooks.

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