Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Road Trip #1
Greetings from Pennsylvania! I have tell admit that I had tears in my eyes when I saw this sign. You can take the girl out of Pennsylvania, but you can't take the Pennsylvania out of the girl. Yes, I'm a northwesterner now, and I have no idea if there's a Dole Valley in PA, but I'm a Pittsburgh girl at heart -- that's just the way it is. :)
Our flight out of Portland late Monday morning was uneventful; it was the kids' first time in an airplane, so they enjoyed it quite a bit, especially the view of the mountains! We could see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood -- amazing! I wish I could've captured a good picture, but the one I'm sharing is the best of the ones we took (Mt. Hood for those of you who don't recognize it).
Landing in Austin, Texas, to switch planes was a bit bumpy. This stop was a homecoming of sorts as I spent nearly a year and a half there way back in the mid-80s. No, I wasn't a Longhorn; I moved there for work. After an hour and a half in the airport, we boarded and were off for Baltimore for the night. We visited Fort MCHenry on Tuesday morning before heading north on I-83 to Harrisburg for the Vision Forum History of America Conference which I'll share about later this week. For now let me say after day 2 of the conference that is has been highly educational, inspiring, and motivating!
The photo of Dan and the kids was taken at the Fort with the Key Bridge in the background; an interpreter told us the British ships that fired upon the Fort were about 1/2 way between the bridge and the shore when they attacked. Touring the Fort and learning more about the history we studied this year is simply surreal -- I just about have to pinch myself to make sure this trip is real and that we're actually here! Such inspiring history! Makes me proud.
We found a Chipotle for burritos and a Starbucks for coffee outside of Baltimore which we enjoyed during our drive north to PA. :) So nice to find familiar things to eat and drink! Tomorrow morning we're off to Gettysburg for the day; Lord willing, I'll share more in a day or two!
Many blessings to you all! Happy Independence Day!!
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