Each year, the junior class visits Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to enrich their knowledge and understanding of U.S. history. Finally, it was the class of 2013’s turn and at 6:50 a.m. on Monday morning, they hopped on two commercial busses and hit the road.
In years past, the temperature has negatively affected the trip and left the kids too cold for fun, but not this year! The weather on Monday wasn’t too cold and the wind speed wasn’t high, perfect for climbing around on the historic rock outcroppings on the Gettysburg battlefield.
First arriving in Pennsylvania, the juniors headed to a breakfast buffet at The Pike for an all-you-can-eat buffet. Though it wasn’t a Cracker Barrel or Golden Corral, it was tasty and filling enough to get them through the day—or at least until lunch at McDonalds or KFC.
Some might say that it was the unique breakfast, fast food lunch, or even the bus ride that were the most fun part of the trip, but really the whole experience was a blast. The tour guides managed to teach students about the history of Gettysburg with a comical twist and the museum and Cyclorama provided great visual aid.
If you’re an underclassman yet to go on the trip, it’s one to look forward to. The juniors as a whole had a great time and took hundreds of memorable photos that speak for themselves.
While Gettysburg was fun and exciting, it was also a great learning opportunity which can actually be enjoyed. Realizing that you’re on the actual battlefield where men fought in the Civil War and gave the ultimate sacrifice is a very surreal feeling, one that most will never forget.