As you may have read, Bryan turned the big 3-0 this past weekend!
He is really not in to making a big deal out of things, so I tried to come up with a few cute ideas to make his day just a little special. But as he would, Bryan decided he wanted to go camping for the weekend, throwing my plans off! But it actually turned out great, and we got to break in his birthday gifts – a tent and lantern. Now going from our camper that we had for our AK2VA cross country trip to a tent may seem crazy and the opposite of progressive…but if you know Bryan it won’t surprise you at all, Haha!
So we headed to the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately, everyone else was excited to hit the roads for the long weekend also, so we weren’t able to pitch the tent until dark…but we did ok despite the lack of daylight! And – hey – the sunset view at the campground lake was beautiful!
That morning while Bryan slept in, I set up his Birthday card! I think the theme “Dirty Thirty” was perfect for camping in the end. 😉
No, I didn’t have cake for us, but I brought along a little “dirty” treat.
Gettysburg was really an experience. We first went to the visitor center and watched a great 20 minute film that really portrayed the events of Gettysburg during the Civil War very well.
Afterward we viewed the Cyclorama – an incredible 360 degree painting by the French artist Paul Philippoteaux.
These are just glimpses at his handiwork (next two images below).
The museum had some amazing artifacts as well. It was incredible just looking at all the buckles, cannon balls, instruments, weapons and more these men once held.
The battlefields were vast and expansive, and there were hundreds of monuments dedicated to the soldiers and events that took place at each spot.
We were so excited to eat lunch at the Dobbins House – built in 1776 and now home of the most amazing French Onion soup! We had Maya with us, so we sat in their outdoor courtyard in the heart of the beautiful downtown of Gettysburg.
Our weekend was full of relaxing in the outdoors, remembering the history our country has made, and appreciating the country we live in today. Thank you to everyone who shared love and well wishes to Bryan for his Birthday! I think you’d really enjoy Gettysburg if you ever venture up to PA…I know this handsome Birthday Man did!