Saturday, April 11, 2015

Skydiving fail and a suprise adventure

Skydiving Fail

So, many moons ago, my Dad promised to take me skydiving when I turned 18. 12 years later, he finally made the reservation. We were first set to go the first weekend in November. That was canceled due to rain, and rescheduled for today.

So, I got up this morning, feeling a little queasy, and had a sensible breakfast made entirely of a giant latte. I got dressed and headed out toward Warrenton, VA and the DC Skydive Center. About 30 minutes away, we got a call that they had canceled due to high winds. Fail #2. I can't say my stomach didn't stop swirling. Will we reschedule...?

Surprise Adventure

Since we were already awake and in NOVA by 10:30 on a Saturday, we decided to head to Manassas Battlefield Park, which was about 10 minutes away from where we were. Despite being breezy, the weather was beautiful and the sun was shining. We set out to walk the Stone Bridge Loop Trail. Here are some pictures from the day:
Warrenton Turnpike at the Stone Bridge where the
First Battle of Manassas began on 21 July 1861.
The first line of defense was set at the Stone Bridge on 21 July 1861 when the First Battle of Manassas (also called Bull Run) began. The first shot rang out across the quiet countryside at 5:30 that morning.

The site of the Van Pelt Farm which housed a hospital
by Union Troops during the Second battle of Manassas,
View from the Van Pelt site toward the Stone Bridge
View from the Stone Bridge Up to the Van Pelt Farm
(seen high on the hill in the center) in March 1862.
The history of the Van Pelt Family and their farm- called Avon by the Van Pelt family- is quite interesting. You can learn more here. The home was commandeered by Union Troops during the Second Battle of Manassas. Van Pelt's daughter attempted to collect damages from the Union Army, but much of her claim was denied. The house no longer stands, but the site's proximity to the creek and the Stone Bridge on Warrenton Pike make it obvious why the Union set up quarters here. 

Here's a great video form the Civil War Trust about the Battle of Bull Run:

Spring is here!
While learning about history, we also had the opportunity to see some beautiful nature!

I can't wait to go back and explore the site of the Second Battle of Manassas!

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