The Fairfield Lodge
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- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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... tour. The guide drove the car and took us on the journey of the Gettysburg campaign. It was a fabulous trip in really dismal weather, but that wouldn't have deterred us anyway. Back to the museum for a bit then off to try to capture a few pics, but by then we were in constant rain and fog with visibility at about 20m. It was an experience to treasure.
... war were not achieved." I think it's the closest I've ever heard the military or the US government come to admitting that we lost that war. Of course, there's not much mention of atrocities committed by the US military. And one display that is notably absent is any mention of the wars with the Native Americans and massacres committed by the US armed forces during that time. There are displays of the military activities during the "peaceful years" between ...
... another day.
Playing at the Open Mike
After all my whining about Carroll Valley, I actually end up having a great social experience here. There's a bar/restaurant with an Open Mike that I go to play at in the evening. Definitely a "Red State" feel here with a perfect Willie Nelso lookalike... a couple of very good country, southern rock--and even a bluegrass version of U2's "I Still Haven't found what I'm Looking for". A pretty attentive crowd--had a ...
... 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.