The Fairfield Lodge
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... Tavern is down in the stone-walled basement where you can still view the spring which the staff told us is also still used for the bathrooms.
We tried a local brew, Troegs Perpetual IPA, which was tasty and refreshing after the trudge through the battlefields. When we learned that the specialty menu ...
Staying at a very nice KOA nestled in the forested hills a few miles outside Gettysburg. Our site has a stone firepit, loveseat-bench rocker, and one of the main reasons we stay at KOA's: a dog park for Braddock! We also took him for a hike on the 1-mile nature trail where he spied a lttle deer family for us. About mid-afternoon, we took the shuttle into town to see the Gettysburg ...
... with an enthusiastic older fellow eager to answer my questions.
"St Anne used to come here to meditate. No, there were no apparitions here, that we know of--this is just a copy of the Grotto of Lourdes... but we get about 500,000 visitors a year."
500,000 visitors!? Why can't people just fly to France to see the real Grotto of Lourdes?
... Oh that's right... hardly any Americans have passports...
I head up to visit the site, where ...
... 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.