Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Adventures with Cordy, September 20, 1976

[Lynn, Jack and Doris, September 20, 1976]

[Below is days 14 in a series of road trip diary installments. To get the full context, start with Adventures with Cordy: A Road Trip Diary and follow the trail from there. --Amy]

September 20, (Monday)

We were all saddened to learn of the death of Pat’s mother on September 19th. And our thoughts and prayers were of, and for, her family.

The visit to Gettysburg National Park was quite impressive. It began with a cyclorama showing the battle of Gettysburg and Doris spent a lot of time and thought trying to figure a way the South could have won this battle. We then obtained our “Golden Age” passes that entitles us to free entry to all Federal Parks for the remainder of our lives. Then a visit to the site of Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address at the cemetery. It is an area that everyone should see and feel. Then on to the Pennsylvania Amish Country around Lancaster, Pa. Enjoyed a film of the area at the Visitor’s Center. They also had lists of Motels, Restaurants and things to see etc.

I believe the Pat referred to in this diary entry is the daughter-in-law of Jack and Doris. I was 4 at the time, but I vaguely remember this. Family can comment below if I am wrong.

It still amazes me how many Southern traits Doris had, even though she was raised in Oklahoma. Maybe a little of her father’s Arkansas roots rubbed off on her. Who knows.

Also, I don’t remember my grandparents visiting a lot of federal parks, so they didn’t use those “Golden Age” passes too often.

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