Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hiking Around the First Battle of Manassas

Today we drove to Manassas Battlefield to do a bit of hiking. First we watched a movie in the visitor  center which was extremely well done and is perhaps my favorite of all the museum movies I've seen. It actually played like a movie, yet accurately reenacted the events of the soldiers and the civilians who lived on the very land that became a battlefield in July 1861.
After the movie we went to the paths behind the visitor center. There were two choices and I had no idea which path went where. We decided to do the First Battle of Manassas Trail which turned out being 5.5 miles long, circumferencing the land that encompassed the first battle of Manassas. A year later, the Second Battle of Manassas ocurred on surrounding land. Today that is a driving tour, whereas the First Battle tour is a walking tour. Now I know the other trail is much shorter.
We walked all 5.5 miles, skipping the Old Stone Bridge, thinking that was on the driving tour.  Now I know that's quite a hike in, so we might as well have added it on.
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