|we took a picture at each stop we made, you'll know what I mean in a minute- this is Andrew's favorite or maybe mine!|
-When Andrew was 6 years old I read him a book on December 7 about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I saw a light go off in him that has been lit ever since. His love of history was born that day. It has been a wonderful adventure that I have had the privilege to be a part of!
-When Andrew was home last fall I showed him an article that I have saved from the Arkansas Democrat/ Gazette dated November 26, 2011. It told about a program to promote Arkansas' Civil War history. A passport was created to encourage visiting 23 stamping sites around our great state.
- In a call from Andrew in the spring of this year Andrew shared that he had a week of vacation that Taylor didn't have and he needed to take it or he would lose it.
-In another conversation with Andrew I told him that since he was turing 30 this year that he needed to pick a trip for us to go on to celebrate.
Our Civil War trip, aka Gaze and Graze- hat tip to JeffR for the name, was a product of all of these! (Jeff said that name since we were gazing at lots of history and grazing around the state.) Andrew ordered our Passports. Then he made a spread sheet, gathered all manner of information and planned our route. We picked a week in October hoping the weather would be nice. He also decided that we should eat as much local as we could not at chains. He researched restaurants too. I reserved the right of first refusal, not sure what that means but have always wanted to say that. I used it once. The place looked very sketchy. Andrew went in to get our food and we ate it in the car. More on that later!!!
Andrew flew in on a Friday and we hit the road. We went to 23 stamping sites plus many other Civil War sites around Arkansas in 9 days. If you choose to do this trip, which I highly recommend, check with each site about their hours and days of operation because that dictated the path of our trip.
Andrew and I both had our cameras and he had a tripod. He wanted to get a picture of the two of us at each significate site. We had a cooler full of water, our suitcases, two books on the Civil War so we could read up on a specific battle if we needed to, a gps- which you will need if you take this trip, a map- once the gps went crazy and sent us on a crazy route and the map got us back, our passports in a zip lock bag- we always knew where they were, they didn't get wet, and they stayed in good condition for the trip. I also took 30 3x4 scrapbook papers so I could get a stamp on each one of them for my scrapbook. We also had a snack bag which we were thankful for when we stayed in some state and National parks.
I tried to think of a poem to go along with our trip.
I just have the first two lines...
To celebrate 30 years of birthday fun
I took a Civil War trip with my first born son.
|Andrew's day started very early, like 4:00 AM early. I picked him up at the airport here in LR at 9:30 am and we were off!|
Here is our guide for our first stop- The Plantation Agricultural Museum in Scott, AR. She is stamping our passports for the first time. We learned lots of things from our trip. From her I learned that the Cotton Gin was so named because it was a term short for Cotton EnGINe. The Cotton Gin takes the seeds out of the cotton. The cotton grown here in AR is Pima.
|the inside of the museum|
|Here is Andrew ginning cotton|
Here is the list of dessert for the day that Andrew and I were there. I am not sure which cake they ran out of that is turned around but when that happens, a groan goes up in the room. So get your dessert first. I had pecan pie and Andrew had caramel. We ate lunch there too. I got the Keo Klassic and Andrew got a burger. All so very good!!!
We drove to a Civil War site near Scott that was near the Arkansas river. We saw a dozen scissortail flycatchers. They are so much fun to see in flight.
Tomorrow we will do a few more stops!