Day 57 – Gettysburg, PA

Finally, I was to a place I’ve longed to go since college! I loved all my Civil War history classes, the Ken Burns documentary, and the discussions regarding battle strategy and the courage of the brave men that fought there. It was sobering to finally come to this spot and see in real life the terrain faced on those July days long ago.

As with Antietam, I liked that Jasper could accompany on the drive around the battlefield sites. It was a hot day, and he was a trooper getting in and out of the car so many times. With a dog you cant go in the visitor center, but luckily they have the maps outside. We grabbed ours and hit….every stop on the way, even when the rains started pouring down at the end. 🙂 I will say, I’m not sure if I was supposed to pay to do so… traveling solo with a dog does make it hard to go inside and find such things out. Apologies to the National Park Service if I shorted them the fee.

I won’t say much more, as it really is a location to be seen to be felt. Being on Little Round Top, knowing how the Maine division under Chamberlain held (and saved) the battle…it makes me tear up. Photos below are in order of the battle events, most have the significance/time from the plaques.

After 3 hours of touring around, we checked in to our Quality Inn hotel. The rain was beyond soaking at this point. I warmed up and got settled in, and then left Jasper at ‘home’ in search of some food. I went to the Blue and Gray Bar & Grill. Where I got some wings, fries, and beers.

The next day we were back on the road, I stopped in West Chester, PA to have lunch with a cousin, before heading over to the first state of Delaware.

Stayed At: Quality Inn & Suites – $114.77 + $15 dog fee (used Chase CC points)

Ate At: (1) Blue & Gray Bar & Grill: $5.99 – 1/2 dozen peach orchard wings, $1.99 – waffle fries, $6 – Freewill Brown Beer, $1.50 – Bud light; (2) The Social: $11.99 – Pork Belly Tacos, $6.50 Allagash White

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