The Fairfield Lodge
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We had a great trip overall, but the weather was cold and the campsite was loud.
We arrived about 6:30pm on Friday night after having to pack the entire camper since this was our madden voyage in the new camper. It was dark when we got to out Site 93. I was a little slow unhook and setup since this was my very first time. I got everything unhooked and leveled and turned on by I'm guessing around 7:30 where made our first meal in ...
... each regiment sustained. Many of the deaths that did occur were either from infection due to wounds or from diseases that spread in close quarters.
We were able to get an overview of the battle lines. Standing in areas which some part of the battle took place was very somber and sobering. Knowing that many soldiers had died on these areas (some very young) and that friends were often found on opposing sides was heartbreaking.
It was time to set out into the real world again and we decided to make a stop in Gettysburg before heading out to Washington D.C. The drive to Gettysburg was once again beautiful but it was a cloudy and cool day. Gettysburg is where the major civil war battle was fought for 3 days in July 1863 which was considered the turning point in the battle between the south and the north. During the 3 day battle 50,000 ...
... is this place? It says "South Mountain Restoration Center" which doesn't tell me a whole lot... and there's no one around to ask.
Later I Google it and find that, yes, it was built about 100 years ago as a sanitorium--especially for people with tuberculosis, but also the elderly and mentally ill. Yeah, that makes sense--I guess you would want to keep those people far away from the general population. But I'm still pretty impressed that they'd build such ...
... History... and I'd really like it to be included in my Superhike.
So change of plans: I'm going to make a little side trip loop hike to Gettysburg--and a couple of towns nearby before continuing south.
But then a friend, Mike Blubaugh suggests I visit Chimney Rock--a nice overlook point a bit south of Mont Alto down the Appalachian trail... so today I'm actually going to do a "sidetrip of a sidetrip" and hike south to Chimney Rock and back.