GETTSYBURG TOUR

 

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About a 4 hr. drive from here is the Historic Town of Gettysburg, PA where one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War took place on July 1 – 3, 1863.  The Town still remains much as it did back in the day’s of the big fight between the Northern & Southern Armies.  Despite the modernization of the old town there are many buildings still standing from that time in History.  There is much to see there from Touring the Battlefield to walking around the Town and observe the many Historic area’s.  You don’t really have enough time in one day to see everything.  I’ve been to Gettysburg 3 times, so far and still don’t tire of it.

One of the things you can experience is a “Ghost Walk”.  A Guide will take you around the Town and tell you what used to be there and what happened in that area where modern building’s now sit, where once there was nothing but a open field.  She tells you of what buildings/area’s are haunted and why.  What she has to say was very interesting to hear.  Just one of them is where the old Jail is.  The lights in the windows go off and on for no reason.  Other places where ghostly sightings and sounds are heard for unknown reasons.  The walking Tour last’s for about a hour and a half.  I enjoyed every minute of it.

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While walking along with our Guide she happen to point out this house that was in Confederate hands during the Battle.  It is now a private residence.  She told us of the History behind this house and while doing so I turned and snapped a photo of it with my Olympus D-460 DSR camera.  Sorry about the clarity of it, but it’s only a 1.3 Megapixal camera.

Now, I took the camera home and down-loaded the photo.  In reviewing the photo I noticed “spots” on the Image that were not there when I took it.  I looked again, and again, but still could not justify the “spots.” The only light there was the one on the front porch and on the very end on the right side.  Decided to e-mail this exact photo to the people who ran the Tours and asked them just what those “spots” were. 

They replied to me that what I have here is “energy” that is in the shape of a “spot” left over from the Civil War!! They asked if they could have the photo, with my permission.  I almost find that hard to believe.  However, Digital Camera’s are known to see what the human eye can not.  They have caught “ghosts” in the image many times that have been documented.  Did I capture something from the past?  I don’t really know for sure.  What do you think?  You be the judge.

Thank you.

Les

THE LIGHTS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

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WELCOME TO KOSIERS CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

Not far from my home, is a once plain ole’ Diary Farm that is owned by Samuel Kosier, and his Wife.  Back about 30 yrs. ago, Sam started decorating his home and the Dairy Barn with Christmas lights.  Just adding a few strings of lights here and there to light the farm up for the Holiday Season.  Then as each year went by, he added more and more lights making it more noticeable to passers by who began to notice.  More & more lights were added over the years, and the farm started to back up traffic on the country road.  He started charging people to come in a see all the Christmas Lights that he had added.  Back then he charged $3.00 just to walk around and look.  Now, more than 30 yrs. later it has grown to this that I will show you.  He no longer has his Dairy Cows, as you would imagine!  The Image above shows the main Barn all decorated up for the Season with 3 HO Train Sets and model homes.

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Looking up to the entrance of the Farm.

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This is the Main House of the Farm.

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This is looking down towards the Lake that is in front of the Farmhouse.  The lights on the Lake keep time with special music and make a colorful display.

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The Main Barn looking across the Lake and reflection.

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More Lights & reflections in the lake. 

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Just one of the many different display’s on what used to be a pasture yrs. ago.

 

 

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In closing, this is what the one time Dairy Farm look like from a distance.  Since the Farm is located on a back country 2 lane road, I had to pull off the road, get out of my car with tripod and camera in hand and shoot this Image.  People come from all over the county to see this amazing place that has been here for as long as I can remember.  I think that each year, Sam add’s more and more, even though it might be only a little bit here and there.  The people never seem to stop enjoying what they see.  The cars line up night after night in long lines to bring the kids in all of us to see this terrific display.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoy this.

Les                                              

NYC

 

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Here is NYC on 7th Ave.

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Here is the same Image, but in full color.  Can’t decide which is better.

When we visited NYC last year we decided to take a bus tour that would take us all over the City to see the important sights.  Sitting on top of the open-air bus we could see most everything.  It was a nice view, but it did have some disadvantages.  One thing we had to watch for is low over-hanging branches from trees, like you see coming.  Just had to duck your head at times.  This Image was taken from on top of the bus using my Pentax K100D.

We spent the whole day in NYC.  Traveling on the bus tour took up most of the time.  NYC has always been a fast paced City that never seems to sleep or slow down.  It’s always alive with people from all over the world.  Lot’s of people!  City Taxi’s, fire trucks, ambulances, cop cars on patrol, and bicycle message runners dart in and out of traffic everywhere.  Broadway & Times Square are even worse!  You can get yourself run over by a taxi real easy.

There is so much to see and take in while here.  Ellis Island where all the immigrants came in long ago is a huge museum pretty much as it was yrs. ago.  See where John Lennon was shot, the American History Museum, City Park, and much much more.  This is one City that I could never drive in.  So much traffic and the way people drive is nuts!  With the Holidays approaching NYC will be all decked out in lights for all to see.

BETHANY BAY HOME

 

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As you know I spent the 4th of July holiday down here in Bethany Beach, Delaware.  Most of you might have been wondering just where I stayed for that period of time.  Well, when I go down here I don’t have to pay for a expensive Hotel room.  I stay here at my Brothers house that is their “get away” home.  This is the home that my Brother & Sister-in-Law own.

Located about 2 miles from the beaches and other attractions, my Brother bought this home a number of years ago.  They go down here 3 or 4 times a year to get away to something different.  I am welcome to come here with them when they go, and enjoy every minute that I’m here.  The house is not cheap!  I won’t say how much it cost’s, but it’s darn expensive.  It has 5 bedrooms, kitchen outside Patio next to the Pond, Living Room, Dining area, and 3 bathrooms.  It’s very nice inside and air-conditioned.  All the grass mowing and up-keep around the outside of the house are taken care of by the Real Estate people that own the area.  What is inside is your responsibility.

The Pond does have fish in it.  You can fish the Pond, but only use a barb-less hook.  Called “catch & release.”  Frogs croak nightly and there are white & blue Herons that fly in once in a while.  The Fountain turn’s on every morning around 7 a.m.  During the Winter it is shut off.

Just to the right of this Image is hole #4 of a Par 3, 9 Hole Golf Course that is very well maintained and great to play.  We play the Course once or twice while there, just to keep in practice.  Even though all the Holes are a Par 3, it does have challenging holes to play.

In my opinion, my Brother is one darn lucky guy to be able to afford something like this.  Wish that I could have something such as this, but I just didn’t have a job that paid so well.  My Brother worked most all of his life for a Battery Manufacture and worked his way up the corporate ladder to be Executive to the Vice-President of the Company for over 30 yrs.  Like me, he is now retired and so is my Sister-in-Law.  A fancy home to have close to the beach and sea, is something that I’ll never have.  There is no way I could afford a place like this.  I’m just happy that he let’s me come down here!DSC_0309

This is hand-carved and made from wood.  I call it “Catch Of The Day”.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

GENNY WADE

 

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Genny E. Wade was born on May 21, 1843.  She lived in Gettysburg, PA in a modest home that ended up being right in the center of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA.

During the fighting between the Confederate & Union Army’s, Genny was baking bread for the Union Soldiers in her small kitchen while bullets and gun-fire raged all around her home.  The Union had retreated back past her home, while the Confederate Army came thru the town. 

Some of the Confederate Sharpshooters had taken up position across the street from Genny’s home to fire on Union positions.  It is believed that a stray shot from a Confederate sharpshooters mini-ball killed Genny.  Genny Wade was the 1 and only civilian killed during the fight.

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The Mini-ball that killed Genny entered the side door, passed thru another door and struck Genny in the right shoulder, passing thru her lung killing Genny in a instant.  Other bullet holes are still shown alongside the door to the right & left.  These were stray mini-balls from the fighting on July 3rd, 1863.

The Genny Wade house is open to the public for Tours on a daily basis.  I Toured her home and found it quite small.  There is not a whole lot of room.  Small kitchen, parlor, very narrow stairwell upstairs to 2 bedrooms.  Genny’s home was also hit with a Confederate cannon ball that is still lodged in a upstairs brick wall.

Thank you for stopping by

Les

WHERE IS EVERYONE?

 

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Where has everyone gone?  This was taken on July 5th, the day after a Holiday.  There is a huge change in the beaches from before.  Not too many beach goes here anymore.  Most people have gone home and hope to return at a later time.  It seems kinda funny, that something so full just a day before, is so empty now.  Beaches have been cleaned of trash by the Delaware Park Service.  That’s what the tracks are from.  Otherwise, no cars, trucks, 4-wheel drive or other is allowed on the beach.

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No fish today!  Rinsing off his 2 surf rods after a few hours of Surf Fishing.  He told me he did not even get a nibble.  So it goes.  Some day’s you win  .  .  .  some day’s you loose.  I have a Surf Rod and Reel, but never use it.  Surf Rods are about 12 ft. long and they take practice throwing the hook, line, and sinker way out there in the Surf where the fish are.  I have 6 different Rod & Reels that are never used.  Maybe I should try my luck?

Thanks for stopping by

Les