Sunday, October 21, 2012

Traveling adventures...

We have made it to the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn for the week long workshop. We spent yesterday and today traveling and doing some unusual sightseeing things. Yesterday, our first stop was as Penns Cave and we took the boat ride/tour of the cave. It was really fascinating.
We stopped at Joanne's Fabrics in State College, bought a few important things, while checking out there, we asked the cashier to recommend a good restaurant that wasn't one of the run of the mill chain fast food places. She told us about Green Bowl and gave us very good directions on how to get there. You go in and get a bowl and go through a salad bar type set up and choose all the items you want, add the type of sauce you want, choose your meat and then they cook if for you and bring it to you cooked in your green bowl. Very interesting and fun. Tina got the seafood medley for her meat choice and I stayed safe with chicken. As she was eating away, she found a squid, a muscle, shrimp, and tofu along with other chewy seafood delicacies that we couldn't identify. The squid was a first for her, she said "it was chewy like a gummy bear but not" Lots of laughs. I told her I would never try the squid and her response was "but you would jump out of a perfectly good airplane." I said, "Yes I would." After lunch as we were finding our way back to the interstate, we came up over this hill and there in front of us was Penn State University. It was beautiful. So we continued on and stopped at another Joann's in Scranton. Scranton is not a fun city to drive in. We had many an adventure trying to find Joanne's and a hotel. Needless to say, I am not really interested in going back to Scranton. All I could think of while driving around Scranton Pennsylvania was Harry Chapin singing the song 30,000 Pounds of Bananas. LOL. I looked up the song and it is on YouTube. Check it out if you want a good laugh. After several false starts we finally found a hotel. This first one was in a rather shady location and was not giving us good vibes regarding our safety. We chose another one and it ended up being inside the airport grounds and so we figured it would be much too expensive for us, we had to drive through the airport to get back out. Very strange set up. This morning as we were leaving Scranton, we found our way back to the airport completely by accident. There wasn't even a single sign on that road saying the airport was ahead. I pulled a U'y before we were sucked back in. Scranton gave us some good laughs. After that we headed out of Scranton about 15 miles to the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tours and we descended into the pitch back of earth again for the second time in less than 24 hours.
It was a very interesting tour and we really did get a good appreciation for the hard work and danger that the coal miners faced back in the day. Really fascinating. We continued on our journey and headed to Poughkeepsie and walked over the tallest walking bridge that was created from an old railroad tressle bridge.
There were literally thousands of people on the bridge. People with babies, people on bikes and people with children on bikes, people with dogs, we even saw a lady walking her cat on a leash. One gentleman had brought his lawn chair with him and was seated along the side of the walkway reading a book. It was very entertaining and such a beautiful day. The trees were glorious, the sky was rather gray when we arrived but it cleared up quickly. We finally left there and finished our trek to the inn. It was about 1 hour and 20 minutes further.

Once we got here we had a wonderful social hour with the other ladies in the class. I even came to realise that I had been in correspondence with the lady from Hawaii when I was considering going there in March to see Kate. It is indeed a small world. We had a wonderful dinner, food was fabulous, got the orientation on when and how things work and were sent on our way to get rested up for tomorrow's class. This is going to be an exciting week and I am so eager to get started on our class projects and see what everyone else is going to be working on.

So have a great day and keep doing some of those things that are or aren't on your bucket list and have a great time doing them. Our bucket list has just gotten quite a bit shorter this weekend (even if these adventures weren't even on our lists to start with). We have had a great time.

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