This weekend Alan and I drove to Gettysburg to meet our friends Bill and Gary. They drove up from Washington D.C. so we could all spend the day celebrating Bill's birthday (July 27). Our plan was to spread a blanket and have a lovely picnic in the park, but a storm moved in almost as soon as we were about to take our first bites. And it wasn't just any storm, either. The rain gushed down and the wind whipped our prissy asses all over that battlefield. We even began to contemplate a tornado plan, you know, just in case.
Needless to say, we had to move the festivities inside Gary's Volvo, which would have been extremely roomy if we didn't have to share the space with an oversized picnic basket, a cooler and Bill's monstrous hat, which, minus the net, must have been made to fend off bees in the buzziest of honey hives.
It was all good, though, because we were in the presence of good friends, a couple of bottles of wine and an impressive spread of grub. Bill and Gary brought homemade samosas, a bowl of hummus and a container full of blueberries and strawberries. We contributed homemade salmon salad, rice crackers and a variety of crudités for the hummus.
In the midst of wine-induced giddiness we realized the rain had subsided considerably. So Gary, who had not been drinking, threw the car in drive and carted us around the grounds. When the rain completely stopped we parked to see some of it on foot. Gary, who is very well versed in history, led us on an informative tour of landmarks like the National Cemetery where Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address, Seminary Ridge, Little Round Top and Devil's Den, where our birthday girl ran into a conundrum climbing out of the rocks (see video).
When the sun began to set we walked into the town of Gettysburg to have dinner at a quaint Revolutionary-era restaurant called Dobbin's Tavern. It's a delightful old eatery that's ripe with history. Over dinner we learned that it was a spot on the Underground Railroad. Click on the link if you're interested in learning more.
I hope you have a great night. Happy Birthday, Bill. I love you!