Gettysburg, PA

There is no doubt in my mind.  We will be returning to this area.  The history is rich, the people are great, and this area is centralized for our entire brood to reunite.  Before leaving Gettysburg, I want to be sure to complete our Bucket List for our next trip.

  1. Bring our bikes.  Well, let’s ride them too!  We want to ride on the trail that is most southern from Pickett’s Charge.  Note: The trail is lined on both sides with fencing.
  2. Be sure to shop for authentic clothing at: Abraham’s Lady – Civil War Era Clothing & Accessories.  (Since writing this item, Abraham’s Lady has become a Mail Order company with a great website and very useful Facebook page.  Be sure to check both hyperlinks.
  3. Once you arrive into town, you will totally understand why we want to be sure to Rent a Scooter.
  4. We completed Chapters 1-5 of the Gettysburg Audio Tour by TravelBrain. There are several tours and tour types to choose from while in Gettysburg.  We felt this one suited us best.  We needed flexible time to learn, take hikes and spend time with our family members who were stopping by throughout the week.

QUESTION:  What is on your Bucket List for your trip to Gettysburg?  What would you recommend we do next time? 


Gettysburg, PA

There are numerous ways to discover Gettysburg, PA.  The charm of this destination is the availability of so many options and activities, no one can ever be bored.  You can plan a great trip here that is budget conscious or extravagant.  Whatever your tastes and wallet can handle.  Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:

  • Visit the National Park Service website – this is a great place to start your planning
  • Click HERE for Official Map and Guide
  • Bus Tours
  • Hiking Trails
  • Audio Tour in your car
  • Scooters
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Look up Gettysburg in your APP store
  • Guided Tour from Licensed Battlefield Guide
  • Horseback Riding Trails on Battlefield
  • Books on the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Conversations with local residents
  • Experiencing the Battle of Gettysburg with Reenactoers
  • Local Eateries
  • Cemetaries
  • ghost Tours
  • Dress in Historic Clothing

As we wrap up this visit, there are some final thoughts we would like to share.  This is our big take-away from this trip.

If your life is fast paced, super busy and time seems to pass at warp speed, then Gettysburg is for you.  This is a destination where you can spend a good chunk of time, like a week.  If you are not too far away, a long weekend here could be the best medicine as well.  Turn off your cell phone and walk around.  Read as many of the 1300 monuments that are located within 25 square miles.  Wear your FitBit and get your fill of steps in, daily.  With all of the flat trails, you could have your 10,000 steps in by lunch!

Then take time to spend the afternoons relaxing with family and friends around your campfire.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

Discovering America Together!  Sparky & Darlin’

Adirondack Mountain Club – Eastern Trails (Lake George, NY: AMC, Inc., 2012)

Lake George and the surrounding area has been our go-to hiking destination. With about 2.5 million acres in the Adirondack Park, there is always something new to see and experience. One thing is for sure – it is easy to get lost in this wast area. Make sure you have great boots, lots of water and a stash of protein for the day hike. Also, we never head out without bringing our Adirondack Mountain Club books and maps on the trails. Be sure to read the introduction if you are new to this region.

I love ADK

There are so many hikes and trails to choose from.  This book alone lists 136, however several referenced have multiple trails, such as Moreau Lake State Park (also check out MLSP here: Hike #113).  We spent time on several of the hikes listed in the “West of the Northway” section.  We followed the listed hikes in the book:

  • SHORT HIKE:  Hadley Mountain.  Great climb with Wow! views.
  • MODERATE HIKE:  Round Pond from Garnet Lake.  Quiet & Relaxing – did not see anyone the day we went.
  • HARDER HIKE: Wilcox Lake.  Longer walk with amazing scenery.

So much acreage and not as much time.  So, let’s continue the discussion and share some of your favorite places in the ADKs.

QUESTION:  What are your favorite hikes in the Adirondacks?  Comment below the recommended books shared from other ADK hikers…