The Gettysburg Story : Watercolor Travel Journal
It is way past due, but I decided to share what is completed of my Gettysburg Journal from our anniversary trip in September. It is always a good time when we get away together without the children but we both agreed that we didn’t have as much to keep us busy on this trip as in previous ones. We always pack our days full, leaving our evenings free to relax. Each area is different and we found that besides the Battlefield and the town, there wasn’t much else to do within a short driving distance.
I am still working on a pencil drawing of the Lincoln memorial at the Gettysburg Cemetery but I figured I should share what I had. It could be a while before it is officially completed as I am contemplating adding at least one more layout for restaurants. Overall, I was happy with the outcome of this journal. I made a conscience effort to work on my composition with these pages and I even added more text than normal. Each layout is a learning experience and I had fun experimenting.
Gettysburg Travel Journal
Our first day was spent shopping in Harrisburg, PA and that evening we ate take out from Panera Bread as we relaxed into our Bed and Breakfast. They had to close early due to an employee shortage.
Our second day, we bought an audio tour (The Gettysburg Story: Battlefield Auto Tour (Guidebook+CD+App)) of the Gettysburg Battlefield that we could play while traveling in our car. I loved hearing the history of each battle and the stories of the people behind them. I am not a history buff but this audio tour really brought the battle to life for me. It gave me an appreciation for our military and for those who have fought to make our United States what it is. I would highly suggest this audio tour to anyone that wants to visit the battlefield.
One place I always wanted to eat at in Gettysburg was the famous, Garryowen Irish Pub. The doorway was painted from a photo that I took.
Those interesting looking creatures were painted on the wall opposite our table. It seems they are a frequent conversation piece because our waitress said she had no idea what they were and that the staff frequently speculates about what they are. Later on in our lunch, we overheard someone at the table behind (we assumed the owner) telling the patrons that they are “Crying Oysters, ” crying because their time has run out and they are to be somebody’s dinner (they are pointing at the clock).
The meal is my open-faced Rueben and fries next to this really interesting looking door handle leading into the pub. Maybe it is a dragon? I had so many great impressions that I had to dedicate a whole layout to our experience.
Another full layout is dedicated to our Bed and Breakfast, The Keystone Inn. We had a lovely room with delicious breakfasts every morning. Another perk for this tea loving girl was that they had Gluten-Free cookies every evening and unlimited hot water and tea bags.
I am joining the T day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is one that I purchased while in Gettysburg, Teavana Mandarin Mimosa, Herbal Tea. I have purchased it several times since then because I love it!
Happy Tea Day!