Monday, September 4, 2017

HARRISBURG, THE CAPITAL OF PA

Tuesday, August 22 – We continued our tour of Gettysburg, PA, today but started our day in York, PA.  York is the home of the Harley-Davidson Motor Cycle Company. 

Harley-Davidson

We arrived for the early tour but were disappointed to find out the plant was retooling for the new 2018 motorcycles and were only offering a modified tour.  Dang!  The only manufacturing we saw was the stamping of a front fender....LOL   We did have a tour but instead of seeing actual production, there were video displays at stops along the factory floor showing what we would have seen during normal production.  Disappointed but what can you do?  Definitely call ahead on these factory tours to assure that production is taking place.

Marsha motorcycle

Paul motorcycle

After our stop at the Harley plant, we headed down the road to Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania.  The capital city was quiet. Guess the state government is on summer recess.  The capitol building was open, so we took advantage of a “self-guided” tour.  This building is very ornate.  One of the prettiest capitol buildings we've seen. 

PA capitol

PA capitol

PA capitol

The main dome area is the most beautiful area in the Capitol.  Soaring over 6 stories from the ground floor, it is very ornate and beautifully done. 

Looking up at the dome.
PA capitol

A close-up look of the top.
PA capitol

PA capitol

There is gold everywhere.
PA capitol

We visited the House of Representatives and the Senate Chamber.  Of course, Marsha had to get a few photos of the ceilings. She just loves them.

House of Representatives.
PA capitol
 

PA capitol

The Senate Chamber.
PA capitol

PA capitol

PA capitol

After our visit to Harrisburg, we then returned to Gettysburg and our campground to cool off.  The temperatures have topped 90 degrees the last couple days, and the humidity is also very high.  We took a break until we had to leave for a ranger guided tour starting at 5 PM.  Temperatures were still about 90 degrees. The tour was a 90-minute hike throughout the battlefield.  It was intended to give the visitors an overview of the entire 3-day battle. Now this was a hike…up and down all those battle hills.

The ranger did a wonderful job explaining the battles that occurred over the three days of July, 1863.  Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War with nearly 50,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action.  The volunteer rangers do an amazing job helping the nearly 1.2 million annual visitors understand the significance of this battle in American history.  Just a few photos of some of the battlefield.

We learned what all the symbols mean on the statues.
Gettysburg
 

Gettysburg

General Reynolds killed the first day of battle.
Gettysburg

East Cemetery Hill
Gettysburg

Gettysburg

We had a memorable two days visit, so far, and look forward to the rest of the week here in Gettysburg.  Stop back and enjoy a little history with us.


UPDATE ON OUR DAUGHTER IN HOUSTON: 
Carrie is doing great. She is back at work. Her apartment building has electric and water. She and her friends volunteered with thousands of others this weekend. Stay Houston Strong! Stay Texas Strong!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day.


 

10 comments:

  1. Another capital we have to visit:) Looks like you are ready to own those Harley's:)

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  2. Thanks for sharing the PA capital building with me. It's a shame that I have seen capitals in so many other states but not my home state! It is really ornate, as you said.

    How did you do a 90 min tour that included all three days? Did you drive? The three days aren't near each other.

    So glad Carrie is doing well. How nice that she and her friends went help.

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  3. A nice visit to the capital and great photos. Too bad about the Harley tour, would have been wonderful.

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  4. Awesome place to visit, very historical city! Thanks for the share!
    Henry

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  5. Thanks so much for the tour of the PA Capitol. We never made it there all the years we lived in PA. We haven't been on a ranger-led tour that wasn't excellent. They do a great job. So glad to hear Carrie's home is safe and inhabitable and able to volunteer with the clean up.

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  6. You both look really on those Harleys. We could ride together. Sorry you couldn't get the whole tour, it is interesting.

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  7. Such a beautiful Capital building, thanks for sharing the pics of it. When you think of the 50,000 killed, wounded or missing just from that one battle with much less modern weaponry, it is mind boggling and so very sad. Glad you have enjoyed the battlefield.

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  8. I just want to know if you bought any new motorcycles. You both looked good on them!

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