Saturday, October 27, 2007


It has fallen upon me to give a detailed report of the rad trip we took with Jocelyn's parents down to Yorktown and Williamsburg last week.

I must say that any of you who have not seen at least a couple of these sites need to make it a priority to go in your lifetime. They included some very memorable experiences and definitely made me appreciate the history of our country more deeply.


Manasses, the site of the first civil war battle. Both sides thought it would be the only battle, and both sides had spectators sitting on the hillside watching it as if it were entertainment; they thought that the other side would cave and the dispute would be ended very quickly.

Needless to say, all were wrong. The casualties suffered in this battle were catastrophic, with the union taking most of the blows. Both armies woke up after that, and began preparing their men to be better soldiers, thus ensuring a long and drawn-out civil war.

Shots from a campground in Shenandoah National Park

Day 2

University of Virginia. Established by Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson's Thinking Hut (Monticello)

Peter sleeping on a big bed

Day 3

Williamsburg tavern. Peter is ready to eat.

Soldiers marching down Main Street.

The women actors were crazy about Peter!

I got drafted!

Day 4

Yorktown. The Revolutionary War was won here. The tour guide told us I think 10 unbelievable things that happened at this spot to give the Americans the victory. It was an inspiring tale.


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