Yes, limping. While I had an unbelievably wonderful time in Gettysburg, I managed to become a battlefield casualty by spraining an ankle on the morning (yes, the morning) of Day 2. We were visiting the North Carolina monument, and I was bragging about how the Laels were from N.C. and, you guessed it, I tripped over a teeny, tiny rock, put my left foot out to catch my balance, and felt a powerful wrench in the muscle. It was almost as though the famous ghosts of the battleground were offering their opinion of a Yankee claiming to have Confederate roots. From then on, I was gimpy, but I wasn’t about to let anything slow me down.
It will take several blogs to tell you about the experience and the wonderful people I met. For today, I’ll tell you about the Guide of Guides, Gary Roche, and his wonderful wife, Marsha. I had met them briefly on my visit to Debbie Macomber’s Florida home last winter (thank you AGAIN, Deb!) but on this trip, we became good friends. Gary knows the battle of Gettysburg backwards, forwards, and sideways, partly because he’s a major Civil War buff, and partly because his illustrious great-great grandfather, Patrick DeLacy (www.patrickdelacy.com), received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle. Gary gives a wonderful presentation on the history of the Medal of Honor, and Jenni and I both enjoyed it to the max. Follow the above link and you’ll be able to meet Gary virtually and access a lot of fascinating information.
More on the trip next time.
My ankle is still sore but much, much better. I’m wearing a brace and using ice. Yorkie Bernice does not see personal injury as an excuse for not taking her out for walks. It’s probably good for me to move around, but you can bet, I’m careful to stick to flat ground.
Now that I’m back in the saddle, so to speak, we’ll be running the weekly contest again. Two winners will be chosen at the end of the week, and announced on the blog next Monday. Each will receive an autographed copy of THE MARRIAGE SEASON, which is now available everywhere, I’m happy to say. All you have to do is comment, and you’re entered.