Scene of the Crime : Chickamauga Battlefield National Park (AKA that place I ran a marathon that one time). Turns out it is a lot more fun to hike the trails at a moderate pace than it is to run for 26.2 miles. Go figure.
We covered 9 miles in about three and a half hours. This accounts for a little snack break and maybe also an impromptu photo shoot where we wanted to see if we could remember how to do cartwheels. Heads up: we can't. Well, maybe technically we can but it's not pretty.
That's right, Tim. If I'm going down I'm bringing you with me. See that blue sky in the background? It was like that all day. Not a cloud in the sky, sunny and in the high 50s all day. There are miles of paved roads and trails and we hit up a mixture of both since we were following the history tour map (thanks Google). I wish we had counted how many cannon we saw throughout the day - it's insane. Definitely upwards of a hundred, I would say. Plus the tower:
So unusual to see such a medieval looking structure in the middle of a giant field in Georgia. It is a watchtower but wasn't until 30 years after the Civil War ended, so...I guess it looks nice. There's that.
I want to say there were at least ten times that either Tim or I stopped to say, "Wow. This is so gorgeous." You know those days when the weather is so nice everything just looks gorgeous. That's how I felt today. The freaking porta potties and parking lots were gorgeous. That kind of day.
I have to say it was pretty incredible to walk in the footsteps of Civil War generals along some of the trails. Although I'm a history buff my major was Modern European History so I don't know all that much about the US Civil War - but this was fascinating.
And then, after a great afternoon of hiking, I feasted on Arby's chicken tenders and diet coke. Just like the soldiers would have done after battle. Maybe.
History lover? Or want to gouge out your eyes when people talk about anything that happened before you were born?
Ancient history bores me. I'll admit it. Egyptians, Mayans, Romans...bored. Maybe because there are fewer things to relate to? I love World War I and II though and nearly anything from the 20th century.
Are you living somewhere that does daylight savings tonight?
I'll bitch about the lack of sleep tonight and losing an hour but this summer I'll be more than happy to watch the sun go down at 10pm.