Our visit to York is slowly drawing to a close. In less than a week we’ll finally be on the road again heading south. It’s a good thing, as the temperature is starting to take a dive and we understand that winter may be approaching. Time to head to warmer climates!
But we have enjoyed some beautiful fall days recently. One sunny afternoon we drove to the York County Rail Trail, parked the Jeep, and road the bicycles into the city. Our destination was the Mudhook Brewing Company, a small restaurant/brewery attached to the Central Farmers Market building in downtown York. We had been there two years ago with friends, Joe and Deb Dominick, and the brewery’s web site showed they were still featuring their chocolate beer, which is delicious! Unfortunately, they had just changed to their Fall brew and didn’t have the chocolate brew we sought, but the pumpkin ale was very good.
Last Tuesday evening we drove down to Southern Middle School, where John had been principal, to pick up our food order at Market Day, a fund raiser sponsored by the school’s PTSO. While there we ran into one of the teachers, Susan Stough, and had a nice visit. We talked about getting together with some of the teachers, so Susan quickly arranged a dinner at a local restaurant not far from us with a few people from the staff. The group (three retired, three still on the staff at SMS, and three spouses)had a great time telling stories from the “good old days.”
Last Sunday we had a visit from RV friends Sue and Dave Banks. We met them for the first time last December in the desert of Southern California and have kept in touch ever since (their blog). They live in Rochester, NY and are on their way south for the winter. We took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed for Gettysburg to visit the battlefield.
The picture below is take from a snipers position in the Devil’s Den (Confederate side) looking up at Little Roundtop (Union Side) where intense fighting took place during the second day of the battle.
A display nearby shows a photo taken at that spot a couple of days after the battle.
The photo, called “Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter” was taken by Alexander Gardner, a photographer who arrived at the scene two days after the battle ended. For many years the photograph was believed to be of a Confederate sharpshooter killed by the concussion of a Union shell fired from Little Roundtop. The current belief is that Gardner and his assistants, Timothy O’Sullivan and James Gibson, dragged the soldier’s body 40 yards into the more photogenic surroundings of the Devil’s Den to create a better composition.
After a long day listening to John drone on about the battle, we enjoyed a meal at the historic Farnsworth House. In the picture below you can see numerous marks in the bricks. They were created by bullets fired by both sides during the first day of the three day battle.
The next morning Sue and Dave stopped by to share some conversation over coffee before they fired up their Discovery motorhome and headed south. We look forward to spending more time with them in Florida this winter, as we both will stay in the same park near Bradenton.
We have one more event to attend before heading south. On Saturday our daughter, Jessica, will participate in the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in Queens, NY. We will drive up Friday and stay in a nearby hotel, then use our bicycles to watch her break her neck as she climbs over buses, crawls under police barricades, and goes up and down the steps of Citi Field while completing the ten mile course. Then it’s time to head south in search of warmer temperatures!