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…Older Than the Trees, Younger Than the Mountains… (Day 7)

I can tell we’ve been on the road for quite a while now, because I just had to sit and think for several minutes about where we were this morning so I could start writing the events of the day. I guess with as much as we did in Harrisburg, it should come as quite the shock that I forgot that’s where we’d stayed last night…

After a quick exit and a relatively short drive, we were in Gettysburg. My Dad and I had visited Gettysburg a couple years ago during a trip to DC, but since it was just south of where we were and Jake had never been there before, we decided to visit again. We looked around the museum for a little while, I’d forgotten how interesting I found that museum, and was pleasantly surprised with how fascinating the museum itself remained the second time around. The actual drive through the grounds was still as scenic as I’d remembered, and was pretty entertaining for geeks such as my Dad and me. This time we were wise enough to actually drive the car from location to location, last time we were in Gettysburg we parked the car at the museum and walked all over the grounds. This made for a much quicker and less sweaty tour.

After checking out Gettysburg, we put things to a vote, and decided not to go into DC after all. While it is truly one of my favorite cities in the world, we decided that since we’d already spent quite a while in DC just a couple years ago, and since we really didn’t have a whole lot of time to do much in town if we were to go there, that we’d drive down to the Charlottesville area to see Monticello and that whole area instead. Shortly after hitting the road, we checked the blog from Patrick C’s phone, and saw that his co-worker Matt had left a comment with a suggestion of a place to visit. Turned out that with our decision to bypass DC, it fit rather nicely into our route, so we decided to take him up on his idea of visiting Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

We met up with Matt at the park entrance, and took a bus down into the town. Matt served as a great tour guide, and led us through the town pointing out several interesting facts and gorgeous views. The town and area were simply stunning, one overlook of the confluence Shenandoah and the Potomac rivers inspired Thomas Jefferson to say that it alone was worth the trip across the Atlantic — it was definitely worth the trip a little further down the freeway…

After walking through the various corners of town, admiring the views, and enjoying some ice cream, we thanked Matt for the suggestion, and made our way towards Charlottesville. The drive was absolutely beautiful, and before we knew it, we were already there…

Since we made good time, we decided to see the Bourne Ultimatum; but when got our tickets, we realized that we were actually quite hungry. We didn’t have a ton of time, so when we hit up the nearest restaurant (Chili’s), we asked the waiter to help us out by making it as quick as possible. He did just that, and we had probably the fastest dinner in the history of Chili’s dining existence. We made it to the movie on time, and despite the fact that the theater probably hasn’t been too rockin’ since the 1980s, and the fact that it smelled like stale urine when we first walked in, the movie was still extremely enjoyable.

It’s already 2 am, and Jake and Patrick C are already fighting over who gets the most bed space… A fight that will likely go well into tomorrow morning.

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2 Responses to "…Older Than the Trees, Younger Than the Mountains… (Day 7)"

  1. It looks like you had another fun and senic day. My guess is that Jake won on getting the most bed space!

  2. my 2 favorite things!! Chili’s and JASON BOURNE!! life couldn’t be better!

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