Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Who would have thought ...

 He's off ...

It is amazing what one finds along a side road or without looking for anything in particular. Our routine stop for the day was at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Who names a state park something like that? While waiting for him to come in, I ventured into the office and lo and behold - it all made sense. This is an iron ore area and they had an iron ore "furnace" extractor here that used the forest wood to make charcoal and the limestone to extract by adhering to the impurities. And guess again, yes they even have a restored furnace that one can see.  the old and the new want to know how it works?

You can go for a walk yourself, find a geocache and a hidden lake.

You can drive along the road and a sign catches your eye - immediately your find yourself in for a history lesson.
 who would have thought, a secret interrogation camp from WWll?

or a sudden breathtaking vista opens before your eyes and you have to remind yourself that you are driving and to pay attention to the road. So you pull over to take it all in.

and you return and you wait - oh how this must look when everything is all green ...

 You can't believe your eyes when you look at the weather and this in town in the valley. What must it be like up in the mountains?

 Yup, you got it, that is snow, and you wait some more, enjoying the "fresh" air, the sunshine and quiet yet not quiet as you listen to the sounds of the wind and woods.

And he arrives!

it is amazing what one can do in one day of waiting, besides going to visit a National Historical Park  Gettysburg National Military park

 "Four score  and seven years ago ..."

What a way to learn some history! And then return the next day to tour the museum, and watch the movie with Danny. Wow!