Thursday, August 8, 2013

Vacation Day 12

Wednesday   June 26, 2013

We got up this morning and headed for West Virginia. There were some things that I had thought we would do, but after looking more closely Dax and I decided that it probably wasn't what I had originally thought it was. So that kind of left us with a day of just driving.

On the way into Gettysburg we had seen a sign for Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium so we headed there first. I had been able to get some coupons for free fudge online as well so we hit the jackpot! It was a quirky little place but the people were nice. I even got some free day lily plants while I was there because they were thinning the beds.

Here's a couple of the nuts I saw:

After we all bought some candy and fudge we got back on the road and out of the blue, Dax decided that we should go see the battle field in Antietam. So we did.

We watched a short film about the area and the battle and then did the car tour of the battle grounds. Well, during the film they mentioned Harper's Ferry and the battle there so guess where we headed next?

We had a little trouble finding the area because the visitor's center is quite a ways from it. And it has a parking area separate from the tour destination and the visitor's center. You park and get on a bus that takes you to the Harper's Ferry Historic District and drops you off.

It looked like a really neat little area, but we only got to see a little bit of it because they closed everything down at 5:00. So we walked down to the river to look around and then headed back to wait for the bus to make it's next round to the parking lot.

Since it was already late in the day and we still had a very long drive ahead of us we decided it was time to get serious and hit the road.

We spent the night in Beckley, WV, in what it probably the nastiest motel I have ever been in. It was surface clean (the parking lot was clean and at first glance the room looked clean) but deep down it was dirty and nasty. The only plus was that the towels did smell of bleach when I went to take a shower. We probably would have gone somewhere else for the night except it was already very late and we didn't see anything else that looked any better. Ugh!! But, it builds character, right?

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