Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Arrival at Alumapalooza

We pulled out of Newburgh, NY at 6:30 AM bound for Gettysburg. We were a little delayed because of a thunderstorm just when we were starting to attach the tow vehicle (TV) to the Airstream (AS). Upon arrival at Codorus State Park in Hanover, PA at noon-time we learned that check out time for the campers was 3 PM. However, Rita the gate keeper allowed us to drive through the campground to find a spot that was vacant and that met our needs. We found a nice spot, got the trailer set up and Scout (the canine mascot) settled. We then went to Gettysburg and did the 'Auto Tour'. The battle of Gettysburg occurred over a period of three days and many miles. The Auto Tour allowed us to learn about the how, what and why of this important historical event. From the farm where the Confederate  army first encountered Union forces to the National Cemetery where Lincoln gave his dedication address, we walked (drove) on hallowed ground. Standing on the spot where Lincoln spoke, and looking at the graves, half of which were unidentified was a solemn experience. I don't dare speak here of lessons not learned.

We arrived at about the same time as Sarah Palin did. We saw the media doing post shoot commentaries but not the star herself.

On the way back to the campground, we listened to a news report about a pole that asked Americans what Memorial Day was meant to celebrate. According to the survey, less than 30% knew that the holiday was meant to honor those that died defending this country.

Back at the campground, we had salmon fillets  marinated in ginger, garlic, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil cooked on the grill. We had Israeli coos-coos and summer vegetables as accompaniments

After a restful night on the wonderful new mattress and air-conditioning, we were on the road at 7:30 AM bound for Alumapalooza, the second Airtsream rally at the factory in Jackson Center, OH. Unfortunately, whenever we talked with people that were knowledgeable about the rally, they talked about the rally in Jackson, OH which is about 150 miles south east of Jackson Center. We only realized that we were going to the wrong Jackson when we were just 45 minutes away from Jackson. We put the right city into the GPS and found we had another 3 hours to drive. The good news is that we got to see the Cumberland Gap, an incredible pass through the Appalachian Mountains.

The program of events, seminars, demonstrations and tours begins tomorrow. Here is the link to see what it's all about: http://alumapalooza.com/

Stay tuned

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