We were approaching Gettysburg. Tired and hungry, it was a long haul from Williamsburg to Uxbridge. Not a trip to make in one day. We needed to stop for at least one, maybe two nights. We had to pick a stopover; Gettysburg was on the route. And I wanted to see it anyhow. Being such a tourist town, it was bound to have lots of places to stay.

Gettysburg buggy

I never worry that we won’t find a place to stay. I know it’s possible, but in all the years of traveling, in and out of the U.S., there has always been a place to stay. It might not be exactly what we had it mind. Sometimes it turns out awful, more often, a happy surprise. That’s why I like tourist traps. They’re ready for visitors. Lots of them. Plenty of motels, restaurants and the only color they care about is green.


It was late afternoon as we rolled into town.  We asked Richard, our faithful GPS, to take us to the nearest motel. We followed his directions carefully since it was our first visit.

Finally, Richard announced in his loud, clear voice: “You have reached your destination!”

Indeed we had, although not the one we had it mind.

As far as we could see lay miles of tombstones. Richard had brought us to our ultimate destination, in this case what must have been Gettysburg’s largest modern cemetery. It seemed to stretch for miles. Who knew a GPS could have a sense of humor? We didn’t stop laughing until we finally found an EconoLodge.

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12 replies

  1. Aw, you named your GPS! At least it’s more personal that way so you don’t feel so silly when you yell at it after it’s directed you into the middle of a field!


    • Ironically, we didn’t. TomTom gives the voices names and we used the Richard voice because it’s the loudest (my husband is deaf) and clearest (I don’t hear well over traffic noice myself). GArmin, the new kid, doesn’t give the voices names, so we are using Default American Female 2. I suppose we could name her, but after Richard, she doesn’t seem so … human. Even though she has directed us to roads that probably haven’t been used in a hundred years, washed out bridges, and a street of the same name, but lacking the hospital to which I was attempting to get. They are useful, but … A friend mine commented that we are all “GPS stupd” these days. We depend so much on them we never know where we are going. We’ve been making an effort to try to go places we know without depending on it and surprisingly, it’s working out. Gives our bad senses of direction a chance to improve a little!


  2. Several years ago, I spent a few nights at Gettysburg.
    It was breathtaking, especially the tour of the battlefield I took.
    I’d really like to take my wife there at some point.


    • They’re open all year, though it’s probably pretty cold in the dead of winter. Still, I should think autumn or spring you’d avoid a lot of crowds, but still have friendly weather. A good place to visit, especially if you love history. And ghosts.


  3. Love it. The talking GPS always makes me laugh. Great photos, too…as always!


    • It’s still one of the funnniest vacation moments I ever had. We have a new GPS. Poor Richard died one day, just like that. The new kid has no name. We just don’t feel as close to her as we did to Richard. That Richard was a hoot!


  4. I never have been to Gettysburg. It’s something i need to do with my children. And need to do it for myself. Glad to know they have lots of rooms. 🙂


  5. Love these old buildings so full of history. Old wagons, too. 🙂


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