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On down the road

March 28, 2014

We decided it was time to go find where Ross’s great great grandfather (I think that’s the right amount of greats.) was shot and killed at Battle of the Wilderness near Spotsylvania, VA.  The battlefields were kind of interesting as they still have the mounds of dirt that the soldiers built to have protection from the enemy.  It was another rainy day so we didn’t do a lot but found out much.  Apparently, the great great grandfather was not even in this vicinity.  He was in the 2nd Alabama regiment and it did not even get this far north in the Civil War.  Oh, well, at least we found that out and got to see some pretty country.

More monuments, of course.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 0503-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 06Can you see the mound.  This is what is left.  A short mound.  They were much higher and had crossed lumber up at the top.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 09Great paths made with shredded cork I think.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1003-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 12More mounds of dirt and monuments.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 14These were great to get the bearings of the battle.  And where we were!03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 15Yes, there was still snow on the side of the road!03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1603-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1803-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1903-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 20Cool looking rig, huh?03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 23

March 28 and 29, 2014

Heading on into the area of Washington, DC our stop for a couple of nights was Prince William Park.  Very pretty park but their spaces were really kind of short and we have a short trailer! The best part though was getting into the park.

We missed our entrance (which happens quite often!) and drove down a bit. Ross decided to do a u turn.  When he turned he saw this side street, like the access road on the interstates at home.  So boy he grabbed it and drove back to our entrance.  He kept saying how narrow it was and why the heck did they have such little bitty stop signs here.  After we were making the turn he remarked “Oh my gosh, this is a bike path!”. Yes, people they have real bike paths here and we drove on one. Hilarious!  That is it in the next picture.

03-29-14 bike path 02First thing we did the next morning was take a trip to Mt. Vernon but that will keep for the next post as it will be FULL of pictures.  After Mt. Vernon we went to Manassas.  Yes, another battlefield.  By then it was late and raining like crazy so we only stayed a bit.  03-29-14 Manassas 103-29-14 Manassas 303-29-14 Manassas 4More monuments.

03-29-14 Manassas 5

Next blog will be Mt. Vernon.  SO worth the wait, I promise.

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On down the road

March 28, 2014

We decided it was time to go find where Ross’s great great grandfather (I think that’s the right amount of greats.) was shot and killed at Battle of the Wilderness near Spotsylvania, VA.  The battlefields were kind of interesting as they still have the mounds of dirt that the soldiers built to have protection from the enemy.  It was another rainy day so we didn’t do a lot but found out much.  Apparently, the great great grandfather was not even in this vicinity.  He was in the 2nd Alabama regiment and it did not even get this far north in the Civil War.  Oh, well, at least we found that out and got to see some pretty country.

More monuments, of course.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 0503-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 06Can you see the mound.  This is what is left.  A short mound.  They were much higher and had crossed lumber up at the top.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 09Great paths made with shredded cork I think.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1003-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 12More mounds of dirt and monuments.03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 14These were great to get the bearings of the battle.  And where we were!03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 15Yes, there was still snow on the side of the road!03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1603-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1803-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 1903-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 20Cool looking rig, huh?03-28-14 Battle of the Wilderness 23

March 28 and 29, 2014

Heading on into the area of Washington, DC our stop for a couple of nights was Prince William Park.  Very pretty park but their spaces were really kind of short and we have a short trailer! The best part though was getting into the park.

We missed our entrance (which happens quite often!) and drove down a bit. Ross decided to do a u turn.  When he turned he saw this side street, like the access road on the interstates at home.  So boy he grabbed it and drove back to our entrance.  He kept saying how narrow it was and why the heck did they have such little bitty stop signs here.  After we were making the turn he remarked “Oh my gosh, this is a bike path!”. Yes, people they have real bike paths here and we drove on one. Hilarious!  That is it in the next picture.

03-29-14 bike path 02First thing we did the next morning was take a trip to Mt. Vernon but that will keep for the next post as it will be FULL of pictures.  After Mt. Vernon we went to Manassas.  Yes, another battlefield.  By then it was late and raining like crazy so we only stayed a bit.  03-29-14 Manassas 103-29-14 Manassas 303-29-14 Manassas 4More monuments.

03-29-14 Manassas 5

Next blog will be Mt. Vernon.  SO worth the wait, I promise.

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