The Fairfield Lodge
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In Texas we are lucky to make it to another big city in one day. Today we were in 6 states. Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York. Four of those in just an hours time. Crazy! We got a late start this morning, thank you black out curtains! Hit the road and headed to Hershey, PA to visit Chocolate World. We took the ...
Flat Walker stayed with Great Aunt Anne & Great Uncle Dave. They live in Taylorsville, MD. Walker visited from 12/8-12/17/2014.
On this visit, Flat Walker:
-played with the Doxies
-made dinner and cookies
-had a great breakfast with Uncle Dave
-visited his three cousins
-helped with the grocery ...
... 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.
... Village, some more memories... I also pedaled out to work at the gas station here back in 2001, working two jobs, coming for the night shift here. At times I was putting in 20 hours a day. A couple of times I actually fell asleep while riding my bicycle!
This was an experience of "pushing myself to the limit"... I hope I'll never have to have this sort of experience again--but I'm glad I put myself through this.
Off to the east now, ...