We are having a great time on our camping trip - a wonderful blend of hanging out at the campsite, sleeping in, reading, swimming, and having fun, historical outings. Yesterday we spent most of the day at the Gettysburg Museum and began a driving tour of the battlefield. Tomorrow we will finish the driving tour and do something special (it's a secret from the kids, so I can't say yet what it is). I finished the book "The Killer Angels" the day before we went to see Gettysburg. It is the book that the "Gettysburg" movie is based on. Amazing to have that history fresh in my mind, and then to see the places where it happened, and to walk the same soil where so many fought and died. Lots of emotions.
Earlier this week we toured the Hershey Chocolate Factory ~ a really well done, kid-friendly tour and yummy samples at the end. :-)
I can tell we were not fully engaged while prepping for our trip ~ we forgot several key things that are mainstays of our camping vacations, such as the canopy we put up to create an open-air, covered kitchen. It has rained a part of every day we've been here except for yesterday, so we have really missed our canopy! The tent is staying mostly dry. A couple of very small puddles after a downpour is acceptable, don't you think? Today my husband took the two younger boys on separate fishing dates while I swam with the others at the pool and did laundry. While we were swimming it began to rain pretty hard ~ I had forgotten how fun it is to swim in the rain!
So before I know it this week is going to be over. :-( In the meantime I am enjoying every moment with my family, and feeling grateful that we can experience such an important part of American history. See you next week!