We had a reservation to camp Friday night & our plans were to be at the battlefield all day Saturday. We had some old friends come by Friday for a visit & Avery had some last minute work things, so were going to be late leaving Memphis. We decided it would be better to just make a day trip of it on Saturday. (Not to mention our camper needs lots of cleaning before we use it). So we leave our house at 6:30 Saturday morning and drive to Shiloh. We knew there was going to be lots of people there, so we left early. They are expecting 50,000 during the course of the weekend. Once we arrived, there were no signs on where to park, where spectators were to enter, & no one to guide you either. The entire area was covered in mud. So much mud everywhere. We thankfully, found a parking lot that was inexpensive, only about 1 mile away from the entrance, & they provided a tractor-trailer shuttle to the entrance! As soon as we parked, we looked around & saw an endless sea of cars in line. We made it just in time to avoid traffic congestions. We were surprised at the lack of signs & help on the roads & with the parking lots, but thankfully we were not involved in it.
We arrived to the tent areas with the shops & workers of the day. Here is Avery & the girls listening to the role of the undertaker from the Civil War:
My nephew, Micah, was also there with his Scout troop. I was looking everywhere for him & told Avery every scout I saw began to look like Micah. As soon as I said that, Avery spotted Micah! Micah, who is 15, gave me a hug & we spoke for just a minute. I forgot to take a picture with him, but I did spot him later walking with his friends. I took this picture from behind. Honestly, my hug from him & texting with him tonight about the day was the highlight of the day!
Avery looking for Micah
Micah is at the end on the left side. Wish I had gotten a better picture!
The girls enjoyed seeing all the time period dresses
and dressing up in some hats too
As we were standing in line for lunch, Avery noticed a man smoking a cigarette, pouring gasoline from a water jug, into a running generator. Avery felt it was his civic duty to let him know he could cause an explosion at any time.
It was time to go to the battlefield. We bought tickets & were on our way through the mud with all the other crazys. No one knew where to sit so you could see the battle. And when you did sit, you were told to move by random people saying you were on the battlefield. After multiple times of this chaos & watching thousands of disgruntled people, we calmly decided to get a refund & come home. It was an interesting day to be surrounded by chaos, but also be protected from it. We were so thankful not to be caught up in traffic or long walks. All in all, it was a good day, & but we won't be back anytime soon.