How Do You Describe A Trip To The Battlefield at Gettysburg? (PHOTOS)
Last weekend I was able to take a few days off to do something I should have done years ago - I took the short road trip to Gettysburg, PA.
It's hard to believe that I've never done it before, but I'm so glad we finally did it.
My father in law had this trip on his bucket list. He too had never been there. So we decided that we would take a few days to take in the battlefield at Gettysburg.
As I write this, it's the 155th anniversary of the battle that rocked that little town and possibly changed the momentum of the Civil War and our path as a country.
It was amazing how much I learned just from being there and soaking it all in.
Just like a book that you read, as the story plays out, you envision what the scene would be like. You picture the people and the clothes that they were wearing. You picture the landscape and how it might look, the weapons, the hospitals.
In history class you hear about little round top, big round top, devil's den, slaughter pen, wheatfield, peach orchard. Then you get there...and you see it.
You realize that thousands of people died right where you are standing to fight for something they believe in. It's ridiculously humbling when you stand in that place.
We even stayed in a log cabin for our trip. It's the only log cabin in the town of Gettysburg. We found it in Airbnb and what a cool way to spend a vacation in a historic place it was!
The battle took about 3 days if you count from the first shot fired on July 1, 1863 until Pickets Charge on July 3rd, 1863 but will last forever in our country's history.
If you haven't ever visited Gettysburg, you definitely should. I'm not even a fan of "historical sites." But this...this was a whole different thing. This was incredible. Since I left I haven't been able to put into words the way that I was feeling. Go there. Take the auto tour. Experience it. If you have a better word than "humbling" I would love to hear it.