Sunday, May 20, 2012

Back to Pennsylvania

This Saturday I returned to Pennsylvania for the first time since leaving my mission. As a class all of us BYU students went up to Gettysburg, which was one of my favorite places to visit on my mission. In preparation for the trip I had been reading Killer Angels which tells the story of the battle in detail. Loaded up on the bus at 8 o'clock in the morning, we thought we might run into delays because of security checks they were doing around camp david, but we never got stopped. When we got to Gettysburg we first went the cyclorama and museum and the visitor center, and then we went to General Pickett's buffet for lunch. After lunch we picked up out guide, Bob, and he got on the bus's microphone and told us all about Gettysburg as we drove around, we were able to get out and walk around in several places. It is one of those places where I think you can feel that the hand of God has been there. Horrible things took place there and its not necessarily a fun place, but it is a spiritual one if you choose to view the events of history as being orchestrated by a divine creator.
Here are some pictures:

A couple other things of note happened this weekend. On Friday we had no class because of the trip, so in the morning I ran down to the Lincoln Memorial and read the Gettysburg Address because we were suppose to before the trip, and I went through the small museum in the basement. After that I went with Stephen, Nate, and Michael-Sean to Arlington, where we watched the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier. We then met up with Peter and Preston and looked around the cemetery some more. When we were done we headed out to Old Town Alexandria to see the water front on the Potomac, that was fun. We also saw the house where Lee grew up, and church that George Washington went to. Here are the pics from that:

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