Volunteering in Biglerville
It was a cold and breezy day, one of the first days that really reminded me that winter will be here soon...
I love working here because I gain a practical skill every time that I help, know that it is an amazing organization that puts a roof over the head of a deserving family, and there has never been a group of co-workers that I didn't enjoy. I wish I had more to say, but I just don't.
Adventures in Philly
Wait I think I meant Ben Franklin. The entire city seems to pay homage to him everywhere you look. It was a welcomed sight to the 3 previous hours of New Jersey that I had to drive through. I had always heard that Jersey is a horrible place, but it was another thing to experience it.
The first capital of the United States is where the Declaration of Independence was signed. In fact, it was signed in the building below:
The lore of the masons is intriguing, especially in regards to American History. All of the following presidents are confirmed Free Masons: George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford (and some speculation on all the Bush's).
Adventures in Gettysburg
General Robert E. Lee twice attempted to push into the North to Harrisburg, PA and destroy a fort there. The battle lasted for more than 3 days, with neither side the clear victor, until the Confederate forces retreated. Although it wasn't the most deadly battle of the war (at Antietam, 21000 died), it did result in the most casualties. In those days, most who were injured either died, were maimed, or were "cured" by physicians who seemed to mostly just saw limbs off.
I have a perfect memory of the entire day that I spent at Gettysburg with my family.
There is something special, spiritual, eerie or haunting about the land that was littered with bodies more than 150 years ago. I was the only person touring the park, by auto-tour, that afternoon, making it even more impactful.