Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Gettysburg Addressed

This morning, we got up bright and early, and headed down to Gettysburg. The trip there was only about an hour, and on the way there, we watched…well Gettysburg! Once there, we met a tour guide named David, and he took us to numerous monuments to all of the brave generals and battalions that fought there. Some were just plaques, some where huge marble statues, ornate and ominous, but all of them were awe-inspiring. We traveled to one of highest points on the battlefield, and the sight was staggering.

While we were at the Civil War Cemetery, it started to rain, HARD. We had to get out of there, and fast. After we had a filling lunch, we all went outside, and it started to get worse. There was even quite a lot of thunder and lightning!

Once we got going back to D.C. The rain continued to pour for FOUR HOURS before it gave up. Though, it was great to have the temperature cool down for once! We then went into the Smithsonian Museum of American History, where we saw cool things like the Star Spangled Banner, Kermit the frog, and C-3P0.

A picnic awaited us when we reached a great park, and afterward, we had a (shirtless) game of volleyball and ultimate Frisbee. It was still pretty hot outside, so by the time we got back in the bus, many of us were really sweaty.

We then went to the Jefferson Memorial, which, as it were, closed the second we got there due to a power outage. The adults, however, had presented us with a surprise: The Declaration of Rededication to Scouting. After we signed it, we were each given a “fresh-off-the-press” California quarter, to signify this momentous event.

We were going to go see another memorial, but as decreed by popular vote, we went back to the hotel. While we got back early, it is sure to be a late night, because it is our last night in a hotel.

We just had a bunch of our clothes washed, all of us are showered, and we are ready for the Jamboree tomorrow. Pray for us that it doesn’t rain while we unload the truck!

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