Sunday, June 14, 2009

Camping Weekend

This has been one hell of a busy weekend. First, I got home from Whidbey Island, and no sooner than I got unpacked, we headed off to hear Eddie perform at his piano recital. Then, we had to beat cheeks to get up to Gifford Pinchot State Park north of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, because we were camping this weekend.

We sure do keep a busy schedule!

Honestly, we schedule these things way in advance, but when the weekend comes, it seems everything has collided together.

Nevertheless, we got up to the park by ten PM and were able to get the tent set up with the help of Phil, Desi, and a propane lantern. We pretty much went straight to bed after that.

The next morning, we had breakfast and then set out to see the Gettysburg National Park, site of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point for the North during the Civil War. This was the only battle of the Civil War that was fought on northern soil. General Lee had gotten bold, and pressed his attack onto northern soil, sneaking up through the Appalachian Mountains. However, the Union soldiers had the high ground, and mowed down the Confederate soldiers with cannon-fire as they crossed an open field. The war would go on for two more years, but this one event did more to boost northern morale, and crush southern morale, than any other event that followed. It also cemented Abraham Lincoln's second term in the presidency.

The camping was fun, and as usual, the weather was pretty nice. We camped with our usual crowd--Sharon and Desi, and Pam and Phil. Leslie and Scott were otherwise committed, and couldn't join us.

The kids played in the woods and in the lake all weekend. They even managed to catch a fish! What is truly amazing is that they caught the fish (a respectably sized crappie) using only the plastic container from a package of grapes! I've no idea how they did it, but that fish was eatin' size!

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