Thursday, April 12, 2012

Get Thee To the Woods: In Search of an Ancient Pyramid

Well, not ancient, exactly; one that was erected in 1897 as a monument to the Civil War. Here is where General George Meade's Union troops broke through Stonewall Jackson's Confederate lines during the Battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862.

I had heard there was a pyramid in Fredericksburg, and the other day Moe and I decided to set out to try and find it. We drove to the end of Lee Drive as directed by various websites that told us to do so, and started to look around. At first we weren't sure we were in the right place.

First we headed down a trail toward the site of a former train depot called Hamilton's Crossing.

There was no pyramid to be found here, but plenty to see.

We wandered around in the field for a while,

...and finally we spotted it.

Unfortunately, the pyramid is on the opposite side of some busy railroad tracks, but we walked down a trail through the meadow to get a closer look.

"Take my picture so it looks like I'm holding it up with one hand!"

(I'm not sure the point of this sign, since there's no way to get anywhere close to the thing.)

It was a lovely afternoon, and reluctantly we headed home to start dinner.

Soon spring break will be over, and there won't be much time for adventures. I hope we can squeeze in a little bit of outdoor fun in the days and weeks to come!

How about you? How have you and your family enjoyed the great outdoors this week?

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