Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

 

Living room they rarely used

They spent most of their time in these two sunny rooms

Their home

Barn

This gas pump said 24.9!

Eisenhower farmland

Show barn

Ike with his hand on the bull

Inside the show barn

Golf green

Today's herd of Black Angus

Vicki

Rob, Vicki and the two of us

Paul home from college


We had one more stop in Gettysburg. I had forgotten that Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower retired to a farm in Gettysburg. We took a bus from the Visitor Center out to the farm, was met by a volunteer from the National Park Service who gave us the complete story of the farm and home of the 34th President. Ike bought the farm before he was President. He would come on selected weekends during his term and sometimes have world leaders there. He said it was a more relaxed place to talk. When he had his heart attack the house became the "White House" as he convalesced. The house was very modest but Ike was more interested in the farming aspect and cultivated the land back into productive fields. Ike also raised champion Angus cattle. The PGA even installed a green for him to use. Eisenhower was the most golfing President in history. We stayed quite a while as most of the land and buildings were viewed on our own. It was a very interesting stop. Next we drove to Maryland to visit friends we made nearly 40 years ago. When Shirley went to Cytology School at the University of Rochester she was a classmate of Vicki Daasch, well she is now Vicki Christenson and we came to visit them in Joppa Maryland. We had such a great time with Vicki and Rob. There was laughter and many old and new stories. Rob is quite a sports fan and he likes a beer or two so of course we hit it off. We had crab cakes and pizza for dinner and watched a little TV sports with their son Paul ,who was home from college, then off to bed for us. They have a large yard and driveway so we parked ourselves in a very level spot and had a great nights sleep. Today is our 19th month anniversary on this great adventure and later today I will do the statistics. They will be in tomorrow's blog. Off to Church soon then on to my brother Glenn's home for a couple of days. Enjoy the pics.



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