A quick 3 mike ride and we are at the family home of George Washington. I am amazed that so many national treasures have been preserved by private foundations and citizen contributions.
Touring Mount Vernon was timely having just finished reading (listening to) Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow.
After spending a few hours touring the grounds we ate lunch in the Mount Vernon restaurant then rode to Antietam Battleground via the outskirts of DC. As you can see below they were preparing for the July 4th celebration with The Maryland Symphony and fireworks.
After leaving Antietam we were off to Gettysburg.
Again I am amazed with the sacrifices that were made by so many. Just a few decades after securing our country from the King and then from France, we were again at war but from within… so many tragic deaths. Gettysburg is a stark reminder of what we have gone through in a relatively short period of history.