May 26th, 2013


Poem for Sunday and Gettysburg National Battlefield

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Sorry about the bombastic poem, but we spent the afternoon at Gettysburg National Battlefield, where there's a great deal of recorded explosions of all sorts. We drove up with my parents and met Paul's parents at the visitor center, whose parking lots were packed in honor of Memorial Day weekend, but whose theaters and exhibits weren't particularly mobbed and whose monuments weren't crowded at all. We saw the introductory film narrated by Morgan Freeman and the cyclorama, went through the Civil War museum, then drove to Little Round Top and several other monuments. The weather could not have been more gorgeous.

It's my father's birthday weekend, so we decided to go to dinner at the Cozy Inn in Thurmont, which has an enormous buffet (I shall not mention how many different kinds of pie I had for dessert). It's very near Catoctin Mountain and has a small Camp David museum with lots of photos of the Carter-Begin-Sadat negotiations and the Kennedy kids playing, though in the alcove reserved for Obama, people had written racist crap on the letter explaining that the museum has no Obama photos yet. Here are a few family photos from Gettysburg; will post museum and monument pictures on a day when I don't get home so late!

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