Oh I am not going to be happy next week! I always love going to Gettysburg but this time, there's going to be a new "attraction" that wasn't there in June when I was there. A huge hot air balloon right smack dab in the center of town. Gettysburg is not a theme park... I mean get real! Most people agree with me. Jeff Shaara agrees with me. After they finally got rid of that hideous tower a decade or so ago, what made anyone think *this* was a good idea? Well... I will voice my thoughts on it to the proper people while in town for sure! Problem is that it's not (of course! They'd never EVER do this tacky thing!) the NPS. It's a private venture, unfortunately. The NPS and other groups have been working at putting the battlefield back to it's look in 1863. They've done so much toward that goal! It amazes me every time I go (often!) to see the new things that are being done. And now *this* thing sitting there. Oh my. Here's the thing.... if you need to give balloon rides of the battlefield, tether that sucker OUTSIDE of town somewhere and drift in. I wouldn't mind seeing it drifting overhead when someone hires it. But this one is just going to sit there and rise up to see the field if anyone wants to spend their money to do that. Right in the center of town. Oy! There are, by the way, a number of remaining observation decks, high ground, the Round Tops, etc. from which to see the field, so the "excuse" is flimsy at best. I'm afraid my first glance of it next week is going to remind me of driving into EPCOT. What's next... elephant rides and cotton candy?