Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Exploring Franklin

We left Edmonton at 11:00am, flew to Seattle, then to LA and then through the night to Nashville, TN in order to make it to the Landry Academy in Franklin at 8:00am. It was a LONG day! Our room wouldn’t be ready until after noon. So we grabbed some breakfast, Chris went off to his convention and I jumped in the rental car (the very nice upgraded to a Lincoln rental car) and went to do some sightseeing to stay awake.

I was in the South, so I decided to kill two birds with one stone by visiting a plantation that was also a famous Civil War battlefield: Carnton Plantation.

To be more accurate, Carnton wasn’t actually the battlefield but was used as a field hospital for the Battle of Franklin, known as the “bloodiest five hours of the Civil War”. There were about 8,000 casualties on both sides when the battle was done. There are still blood stains on the floors of the house…

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plantations 02plantations 10the back of the house

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plantations 13plantations 14the front of the house

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the family’s cemetary 

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the cemetery for the slaves

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inside the slaves’ quarters

After leaving Carnton, I drove into Franklin to tour the Carter and Lotz Houses. These houses were in the heart of the Battle of Franklin. The families huddled in the cellar while the battle raged above them, killing Tod Carter.

The houses and outbuildings still bear the bullet holes and cannon damage. Thousands upon thousands of cannonballs and musket balls have been excavated from the site. (I just had to buy one.) Reports are that 1500 men died or were wounded in the small space of the backyard of the Carter House and that they were packed in so tightly, that the bodies didn’t even fall to the ground but remained standing, propped up against one another where they stood!

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I also toured the Lotz House across the street. It was full of stunning antiques and private collections!

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plantations 24plantations 25     I got permission to take a picture of the spot where a cannonball went through the ceiling and permanently damaged the floor!

All of the tours and tour guides were amazing and gifted storytellers! I had no trouble at all staying awake and we so excited that I drove Chris back out there to just see them after dinner…

I kind of feel bad about how excited I was about such a tragic and horrible moment in American history. But it is that kind of passion that keeps American history alive and real even today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CLBI – Camrose, Alberta

Chris was invited to be a guest lecturer at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute in Camrose, Alberta and was given the monumental task of doing an overview of the entire New Testament in only a week! It was a bit overwhelming for the students and even more so for poor Chris. But he persevered and made it through the week…

I also struggled through staying with Greg and Barb Pietz in their home and bumming around Camrose (shopping, getting coffee, church, eating lefse, walking around the lake, going to water aerobics, an ice hockey game, Tim Horton’s…Chris did get to do some of these things, too) and exploring West Edmonton Mall. ;o) To make the week even more fun, we woke up to a light dusting of snow one morning!

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family room 17 family room 10  family room 12 family room 13 family room 14 family room 15 family room 16 Camrose 01The mall was pretty cool but my favorite place was back in little old Camrose…

family room 01This place had just about everything you can imagine bulk and some you would never imagine…

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I also learned some things about Canada I didn’t know before: thanks to strict regulations, chicken is more expensive than beef. They are way more multi-cultural! Even tiny little towns have good ethnic foods (except for Mexican food). Their flour has more gluten in it than ours. Those are the only ones I can think of right now… :)

Barb and Greg were lovely hosts and we met some wonderful people while there! I am so glad I decided to tag along…

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lewis River Falls

This is one of the most stunning and beautiful places I have ever hiked. Chris and I went backpacking here last summer with Andy and Will but I wanted Zack and Tatum to see it, too. So when they came home one weekend, we drove out and did the hike… Next time, I am bringing my swimsuit!

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