Countdown to Jamboree

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!

IMG_0401 IMG_0402 IMG_0403 IMG_0404 IMG_0405 IMG_0406 IMG_0407 IMG_0409 IMG_0410 IMG_0411   IMG_0415 IMG_0416 IMG_0417 IMG_0418  IMG_0420 IMG_0421 IMG_0422 IMG_0423 IMG_0424 IMG_0425 IMG_0426 IMG_0427 IMG_0428 IMG_0429 IMG_0430 IMG_0432 IMG_0433 IMG_0434 IMG_0435 IMG_0436 IMG_0437 IMG_0438 IMG_0439 IMG_0440  IMG_0442 IMG_0443 IMG_0445  IMG_0447 IMG_0448  IMG_0450 IMG_0451 IMG_0452  IMG_0454 IMG_0455 IMG_0457 IMG_0458 IMG_0461 IMG_0462 IMG_0464 IMG_0465 IMG_0467 IMG_0468

IMG_9613 IMG_9614 IMG_9615  IMG_9618 IMG_9619 IMG_9620 IMG_9621 IMG_9622 IMG_9623 IMG_9624 IMG_9625 IMG_9626 IMG_9627 IMG_9628 IMG_9629 IMG_9630  IMG_9633 IMG_9634 IMG_9635 IMG_9636 IMG_9637 IMG_9641 IMG_9642 IMG_9644 IMG_9645 IMG_9646 IMG_9647 IMG_9648 IMG_9649 IMG_9650 IMG_9651 IMG_9652 IMG_9653 IMG_9654 IMG_9655  IMG_9658 IMG_9659 IMG_9660 IMG_9661 IMG_9662

No comments:

Post a Comment