Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Strange and Blighted Land...

...Gettysburg, the aftermath of a drought!

So, the Gettysburg battlefield has been said by many, me included, to be one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Normally, that is true. Everything's usually so lush and green. The abundance of grass and trees.

But this year, things are different! It hasn't really rained here since July 11th, and even then, it wasn't much. We've had a few showers, but nothing of significance. The picture from Warren's view says it all. Quite often, it rains everywhere around Gettysburg but not here. I stood by the statue and watched an awesome display of lightning, saw the rain just a mile or so south, and thought, "Well, this might be the day." Some rain to help make things green again.

As you can see from the other two pictures, the grass is not only dead, it's gone. The battlefield's ugly! Everything's dust! The farmers in the area, well, that's a story all it's own. The corn is dying and the apples aren't getting any bigger. Gonna be a tough year for both to produce any money!

I'm glad I'm here. It's still awesome, but it just hurts to see the place like this. In my 12+ years of coming here, it's the worst I've ever seen it! I hope it rains soon!
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