The next morning after a free hotel breakfast, work on both our parts, it was time to hit the road and start the second phase of our Civil War battlefield tour to Boston. First stop Appomattox Court House.
Thanks to a longer than planned lunch stop at a Love’s we were a bit later getting to Appomattox than planned, but we still made it before closing. We explored the Courthouse to catch up on our history, but skipped the movie as we were limited on time. After catching ourselves up we headed out to walk the square and scope out what remains of Appomattox.
While scoping out the area of Appomattox we found the gift shop and a PARK RANGER MINI LEGO FIGURE!! I was so excited, even the Old Man was a bit excited he expressed that he has missed my Lego photography. I, of course, spent the rest of the day taking pictures with my new park ranger. Oh the things you to do to avoid all the stress you are going through.
After the gift shop, first stop of course was the McLean House where Lee surrendered to Grant. Thanks to the park ranger on duty we learned that while we are all taught in school this is where the Civil War ended, the reality is it took a while for this meeting to reach those in other parts of the country. In fact there were still battles being fought in many states throughout the rest of the year. The war wasn’t truly “over” until August 1865 the CSS Shenandoah was still harassing Union commercial vessels until the Lt Cmdr. James Waddell finally got word the war had ended and packed up his guns and headed back to England.
After getting our fill of the lovely Appomattox park it was time to head out and find a place to rest our head for the night before the sun went down. The Old Man had found us a place that looked just perfect and was a bit closer to Manassas National Battlefield Park our next stop, but still a good fun boondocking place. Somehow our GPS ignored our request and took us straight up to the battlefield so we were forced on short notice as the sun was setting to find a new place to rest for the night. Thanks to freecampsites.net we found a Wildlife area and while not quite free who can complain about a night in the woods with no one around for three bucks?
The dogs were stoked to be able to run leash free after being cooped up in Luna all day and we were excited to have dinner and drinks by a fire and star gazing.
The next morning after a pecan pie and coffee breakfast (thank you Mills’) we headed off to Manassas Battlefield. Not sure what crack I was smoking thinking that we could hike the 6 miles of the second battlefield, but the Old Man agreed and the dogs were eager for a bit more activity. While hiking the battlefield was fun and we got to see the cavalry as it was setting up, it really did us a disservice as we didn’t get much of an oral history as the car tour and by mile 4 the family was ready to revolt against me, even Jayne! I didn’t blame them we started out on cool, windy, rainy trail and ended on a sunny, much warmer and no shade trail. I was ready to revolt against myself. If you are in shape and have hiked more than never in the last year you probably will enjoy the tour, but if you are like us just walk around the area near the visitor center see the sites there and then take the auto tour and save yourself the headache of angry family members.
After I tried to kill everyone the Old Man decided that a nice comfy KOA was in order so we could uber somewhere get some food, drinks and watch a little basketball. Only a few more days and we are back to the real world and back in the Great White North.