A Break from Covid

Today I went to Gettysburg, PA amidst all the Covid-19 shit that has been going on. It was nice being in an open place with my family. Gettysburg is a little over an hour away from my house in Baltimore County. There were two places I wanted to go and thankfully I got the chance to do both. First was the Sachs Covered Bridge. “What’s so special about a bridge?” You ask. Well this bridge was used to hang 3 soldiers from during the Civil War, so late 1800s. I have to admit I was a little worried going in. There was a sign on the road leading to the bridge that read, “ROAD CLOSED”. So what did we do? We parked a few hundred feet away and walked to the bridge. Now if you ever get the chance to see this bridge, it is very picturesque. Keep in mind it is pedestrian traffic only, no vehicles. One thing I would love to do is cross this bridge at night. It was eerie during the day, so I can imagine the creepy factor must jump to 11 at night. One thing that is a shame is people leaving their marks on a historical landmark. Ie people writing or even carving their names in the bridge. There is a tour that crosses the bridge and allegedly if you place a lit cigarette on the railing directly outside the bridge it will turn towards the bridge of its own accord. I don’t know how to explain it. Look up Sachs Covered Bridge Cigarette on YouTube. It’s weird.

So after that, we went to the castle right up the hill from Devils Den and it’s surrounding areas. Let me just say, you get a GREAT view from the top of that hill! You can see all of Devils Den. It’s freaking cool! There were people out, but at the same time, it was eerily quiet. Almost unnerving. Almost a sign of reverence.

So after we left the hill, my dad and I hiked from the top of the hill to Devils Den, roughly a half mile maybe. Hiking and climbing on the rocks was cool, but also kind of nerve wracking. Like, one slip and you’re gone. I can’t even imagine trying to climb that thing and getting shot at simultaneously. That’s what is so amazing to me. I even laid down and closed my eyes for a few minutes at the top of Devils Den. Not the most comfortable thing in the world but you make do.

I loved the trip! If you know me, then you know I am very much a history buff. I love historical places! I love even more historical places that have a haunted or morbid history. That’s why I am really looking forward to getting out to Salem, Massachusetts when it is “safe” to travel again.

After we left Gettysburg, we stopped at Baugher’s to eat. By far this was the disappointment of the whole trip. We ordered carry out burgers and taco salad. And I’ll be honest…it wasn’t good. My burger had an egg and bacon on it. Sounds amazing, right? Well…it was mediocre at best. The bacon was crunchy. The egg was lukewarm. The burger wasn’t the way I ordered it, and the soda was kind of flat. Oh, and on top of that, we waited for awhile for our food.

So would I go back to Gettysburg? Um…HELL YES! Especially if a ghost tour is involved! So have you been to Gettysburg? Would you like to go there? Thanks for reading!

-Tom

 

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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