Day 4: Retro to Now Road Trip

August 3 2009 by Retro to Now Road Trip
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Ben Frank's Grave - philly.jpgThe Monteith family hit the road as the winners of Best Western's "Retro to Now Road Trip" contest.

Gettysburg was a blast! We thoroughly enjoyed the nice weather. We also got the chance to talk to some of the actors that reenact the battles by accidently wandering up to their campfire! The interaction between the kids and the actors was the highlight of the trip. The men truly seemed exhausted from a whole day of maneuvering, but the kids sat down and chatted up a storm. Asking questions that are extremely important to a nine-year-old like, "how can you sleep if a bug crawls on you?" The funny thing was, we thought we were at reenactment campfire discussion advertised in the National Parks Service newspaper, but when we left
found the "real" campsite discussion not too far from where we had been!

On our way out of Gettysburg we paid tribute to "Sallie", the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment's mascot. Their historical marker has Sallie lying at the feet of her soldier. Great story and if you ever visit Gettysburg, go see her.

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Once in Philly we checked into our hotel, put on our tennis shoes and headed out for an evening walk to decide what we wanted to see the next day. By this time the kids were pretty tired of historical landmarks so we bribed them with ice cream sodas! We went to an "original" ice cream parlor which was very cool. They were just impressed I let them have their dessert before dinner. From there we went to a neat Italian restaurant on the waterfront. I think we finally sat down for dinner at 8:30. By the time we finished our dinner the kids were all asleep at the table (yes it was a long day). Good thing the hotel was only two blocks away!

Tomorrow finish Philly and on to NYC,


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    By Auntie Nessa on August 4, 2009 12:50 PM

    I am so glad you are having a great time. Sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to see pictures.

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