The Fairfield Lodge
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Today the plan is, after we finish breakfast, we are going to get our photos taken using original photography equipment back from the civil war era. We will be dressed according to the period. After that, we will grab lunch to go and head down via Skyline Drive thru the mountains. Due to the weather in Charleston, SC we are no longer heading that way. We will be making our way to Knoxville, TN. Or as close as we can. Today is mostly going to be a driving ...
... the main part of the museum seeing a variety of artifacts and small short videos. You could really spend a long time there, but after spending 2 hours on a guided tour and 30-45 mins with the movie, the museum part just reiterated everything again. We spent about another hour there.
Around 12:30 we finally heading out back to the city of Gettysburg for lunch. We ate at supposedly the second best Irish pub in the ...
... I meet along the way is a musician or related to a musician!
Anyways... that should count as an "interesting encounter".
On down the road there are multiple strip malls--Waynesboro's "real" Main Street, ending with a Wal-Mart snuggled right up against the wooded hills... and right next to it... an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet. I figure I'm hungry enough, and this will be my last chance to get a meal for a long time, so I head for the ...
... 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.