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Turning the Dirty Thirty and visiting Gettysburg

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!

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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. 😉

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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.

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These are just glimpses at his handiwork (next two images below).

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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.

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The battlefields were vast and expansive, and there were hundreds of monuments dedicated to the soldiers and events that took place at each spot.

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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!



Beverly Keeling Edwards - September 1, 2014 - 1:41 pm

You are so very creative and talented. I am having so much fun reading your blog and traveling via your posts. You are right it sounds like you all had a wonderful time.

Elizabeth Bell Lindsey - September 1, 2014 - 3:08 pm

Thank you for giving me a wonderful tour of your travels, looks like everything was perfect even the weather. I know you and Bryan will celebrate many more Birthdays together doing things you enjoy.

Jackie Haney Williams - September 1, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Brittany, you are so thoughtful, creative and talented!! You two are a beautiful couple!!

Bryan Weiss - September 1, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Thanks for joining in our travels and for the sweet words y’all! Bryan’s a special guy and just loves history. Definitely a soldier through and through. 🙂

Brittany Weiss - September 1, 2014 - 5:06 pm

Thanks for joining in our travels and for the sweet words y’all! Bryan’s a special guy and just loves history. Definitely a soldier through and through. 🙂

Margaret Eagan Dunn - September 2, 2014 - 9:20 am

As usual, I feel like I’ve been there myself. Magnificent. So glad you enjoyed this adventure for Bryan’s birthday.