Another messed-up forecast resulted in an unexpectedly gorgeous day for four Adventurous Civil War buffs. Instead of the predicted steady rain, we were embraced by virtually cloudless skies and temperatures climbing into distinctly spring-like low 70s. As we arrived at our first stop at Beaver Dam Creek, a straight couple listened in as we discussed the background of the 1862 Seven Days Campaign, and asked if they could tag along with us a bit. They walked the often-muddy trail at Gaines Mill battlefield with us before heading off on their own way. After lunch at the nearby picnic grounds, we drove down to Malvern Hill, scene of the campaign's final battle, usually considered one of Robert. E. Lee's worst days at the office. We strolled the long and impressive loop trail here and then headed back home. As if my magic, not long after we left a major summer-worthy thunderstorm rolled through the area, as the Weather Gods reminded everyone just who's boss.
0 · March 17