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Had an interesting trip to Gettysburg. After scoping out the local campground we made our way into the town center to see where things were located. We parked on the street next to a shop called Subterranean Soul. Its a shop selling various clothing, vinyl records, and various trinkets.
The owner was present and he reflected his past travels and people he knew who had a bus. He attended Woodstock which made for some interesting stories. ...
... War and the Iraq Wars. During this time America limited itself to smale scale operations like Grenada and Panama... and humanitarian missions like in Somalia and Haiti. I suddenly feel a nostalgia for that time in our history... the time of my childhood and youth when, after our Vietnam debacle, Americans simply lost interest in doing full scale invasions and occupations. Wish that era had lasted a lot longer... I head outside, where there's a mile long ...
... for experiencing this beautiful world on foot.
"The Appalachian Trail is something that grows on you. Once you experience it, you just can't get away from it. I plan to spend the rest of my life involved with the trail." the manager of the museum tells me.
The P.O.W Interrogation Camp.
The next segment I will hike with Tim Franklin, a fellow musician with whom I have a lot in common. We've enjoyed some great discussions about ...
... simple, non-violent lives. But no. To this day we're supposed to see those people as cowardly and un-patriotic.
It's getting dark as a reach the end of the battlefield and loop around the other side, up "Confederate Lane". Here you find momuments (albeit smaller) to the men who fought for each of the Southern States. Yeah, I guess I can understand that "honoring" the fallen from the South is part of the healing process. America has wisely not ...
I continue on to the fountain where there's a young band playing hard rock music. Not that I don't enjoy hard rock--but it just doesn't seem to go with the vibe here. There are different causes being promoted... church denominations giving out books... the animal shelter... selling baskets to help schoolkids in Ghana...
And the the fair abruptly ends, and the quiet streets of typical Chambersburg begin again. It was a nice start to my day.