The Fairfield Lodge
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The long day of driving included several encounters with slowed traffic and construction. We finally arrived in Gettysburg. We decided to drive through town to see what eating establishments were still open - trying to avoid the quick burger & fries menu. We ended up in the park and decided to go see the Eternal Flame. We'll be visiting the site again tomorrow, but wanted to get some pictures of the flame in the twilight / dusk. ...
Had a great day today with Aunt Kathie and her family, they joined us at jellystone for swimming, jumping on the jumpy pillow and chatting. It was great to get to know you guys! And don't forget, make sure you "dip and pull" when putting on a swimsuit!!! Ended the day with some amazing smoked pork Shawn started at 11pm the night before. So glad we got the recipe, we will definitely be trying to duplicate ...
... an intriguing story. Growing up in Mexico, I heard many stories of Catholics, who didn't find meaning in their inherited faith, converting into Protestants, even though this angered their family--but I never heard of it going the other way.
Anne was raised an Episcopalian, but when here husband died when they were in Italy, she had close contact with the Catholic faith, and chose to convert. Then she came back to America and set up the first parochial ...
... is this place? It says "South Mountain Restoration Center" which doesn't tell me a whole lot... and there's no one around to ask.
Later I Google it and find that, yes, it was built about 100 years ago as a sanitorium--especially for people with tuberculosis, but also the elderly and mentally ill. Yeah, that makes sense--I guess you would want to keep those people far away from the general population. But I'm still pretty impressed that they'd build such ...
... History... and I'd really like it to be included in my Superhike.
So change of plans: I'm going to make a little side trip loop hike to Gettysburg--and a couple of towns nearby before continuing south.
But then a friend, Mike Blubaugh suggests I visit Chimney Rock--a nice overlook point a bit south of Mont Alto down the Appalachian trail... so today I'm actually going to do a "sidetrip of a sidetrip" and hike south to Chimney Rock and back.