Wednesday was the Canal's staff picnic. So it was pretty much a day off where I ate many cheeseburgers and tried to see if I could recognize everyone I had met at the park without their uniforms on. Sadly, I did not get to play cornhole.
|Mounted Park Police on their horses, Louie |
and I can't remember the other horse's name
Thursday was the region's Youth Summit. It was actually for anyone under 35, but it was mostly attended by interns and seasonal employees. They had a few different stations for us to go through, including a birding station, an aquarium, a talk with a civil war reenactor, roller skating, a photo station for creating a mosaic, and a talk with mounted Park Police.
|Struggling to get enough satellites to plot points|
On Saturday I was back at Antietam, making a guest appearance at the annual Salute to Independence event with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Thousands of people came out to listen to the music and watch the fireworks. Myself and four of the Canal rangers came to help out with traffic and crowd control.
My main job was to prevent anyone from walking behind the stage and popping out in front of the national guard, who were firing off five howitzer artillery pieces. It was a really nice touch to the event, as they fired the weapons during Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.