Martens 2019 Adventure travel blog

Sept. 10, 2019 - Left Lancaster and headed east on Hwy. 30 to Gettysburg. Stayed at the Artillery Hill Rv Park. Apparently it was at the site of the rv park was where the Union Army stored its artillery and munitions. Got here by noon and after lunch went out the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Centre. Learned a lot of history and found it quite upsetting. It is beautiful rolling hill country side with lots of alfalfa and corn fields intermingled with clumps of trees. Hard to imagine there could have been 163,000 soldiers fighting here over a 3 day battle, with 45,000 men dying. Watched a short documentary and a Cyclorama (a 360 degree painting on canvas with lighting and effects super imposed on it) depicting the battle. Also walked through the museum. We also listened to a 1 hour talk on the life of the civil war soldier -did not look like fun! Went back to the rv for supper. Long and hot day!!

Sept. 11, 2019 - Hot and muggy today - temp. just over 90. Had a lazy morning. Late mourning did a self quided tour of the Gettysburg battle field that took us several hours. There are 1328 monuments, memorials and markers scattered throughout the 6000 acres that makes up the Gettysburg National Park. Driving through the pretty country side, it is hard to imagine the bloody battle that took place from July 1-3, 1863. Gettysburg turned out to be the bloodiest battle of the civil war. The tour ended at the visitor centre. We had a bit of lunch and then listened to a 1 hour talk on the Care of the Wounded. Apparently more soldiers during the civil war died of ordinary diseases prevalent at the time, such as mumps, measles and pneaumonia. They way that he explained it made sense. Many of the men came from rural backgrounds with a relatively isolated existence and had not developed strong the immune systems required to deal with all the diseases and different people they were now in very close contact with. Another interesting and VERY HOT day!! Went to the Gettysburg Family for supper. We each had an excellent meal for under $20.00. Cheapest meal we've had for a while, but the food was delicious!! Went back to the park and wound up visiting with several different neighbors. Nice people and got some good tips on places to stay along the coast in Virginia and the Carolinas.

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