The Fairfield Lodge
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It poured rain last night but not before we enjoyed a delicious chili dinner with Addy & Mark and her parents, Barb and Craig Millett. We sat around the campfire last night until 9 PM as the rain started we each headed into our tents (and Our V). After Pat and Bruce fired up the RV everyone came over for breakfast and warmth. Today, we're heading to Cunningham Falls after cheese dogs over the fire for ...
... a version of history that concentrated more on facts and figures and great men and battles. By the early 1980s when I took American history those no longer had such dominance over broader social and political history as they did for earlier generations. For whatever reasons it’s much easier for me to envision the daily goings on in Thomas Edison’s workshop in New Jersey (a site I visited two years ago), for example, than the battle taking place when I’m on ...
... 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.
... some fresh paint, and take him along with us on our "trip-of-a-lifetime." Jim had bought him a new flower, which was missing when we picked him up. At the end of the first day, we decided to loose the flower. Besides blocking Gnorman's view, the noise was driving us crazy.
We stopped at the rest stop on I-70. We were worried about finding a camp ground that late in ...