The Fairfield Lodge
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... exhibit on another trip - and today was the day. It did remind me of our trip with Maui as one of the last places we took her. :-( as she came with Zach and me to visit my parents. Of course, that was also our last trip to their house outside Pinehurst. Given Maui no longer with us and parents sold their house, really glad we took the time for that vacation/road trip. Anyhow, the inside exhibits are free. While the place is relatively small, it is packed ...
... of nature. The thought of the earth's plates ramming into each other, forcing these layers of rock upwards over periods of millions of years does put things in perspective. Suddenly all the puttering around we humans have done tinkering with the earth's surface doesn't seem so big in comparison. I do have to climb to the top of one of these boulders and take a selfie... The trail follows the ridge for a while. With a little imagination, you might be able ...
... elusive REAL Appalachian trail. I walk along a sun scorched stretch of road, then up over a gentle ridge and into the Middletown Valley once again, the sort of "in between" valley sandwiched between Cumberland Valley and the Baltimore/Washington plains. Here I pass through the unincorporated town of Jefferson... not counted as a town, but still a glimpse at a historical enclave of civilization. Here you do feel that you're "breaking away" from the urban sprawl ...
... 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.