Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
The Laurel Highlands of Southwest Pennsylvania is a wondrous land of mountains and forests that are a delight to the eye and solace to the soul.
(We made a wrong turn and got to this place just a few minutes too late for the right lighting, but I rolled the dice and shot a few anyway.)
Friday, August 20, 2010
Staple Bend Tunnel was the first railroad tunnel in America, part of the Allegheny Portage Railroad, it was built to haul cargo over the mountains, connecting Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The cargo and passengers was loaded on canal boats and lifted over the mountains by a series of railways and canals.
From the parking lot, the trail in is about 2 miles. It is a lovely walk along a crushed gravel path roofed over with trees. Along the way, you see close-up part of these magnificent Pennsylvania forests.
This is the eastern entrance...
the tunnel itself, which is 900 feet long...
and the western entrance.
Our daughter Crystal was visiting from Colorado. While trying to climb over the top of the western entrance, she happened upon a copper head snake skin between a pair of rocks. That pretty much stopped her explorations. Don't let that facial expression fool you for one minute. She's no girly-girl.
Walking through the tunnel, it almost feels like everything you've ever read about a near-death experience.
Daughter, dog, Mom on the trail.
Earth is finally being moved and the Flight 93 Permanent Memorial is taking shape.
The former temporary site had to be moved and has been relocated to what is called the "Western Overlook," which was the headquarters for all the on-site responders and investigators working the crash site. The same old galvanized metal building is being used again to house the exhibits. The personal memorials left by the hundreds of thousands of visitors have been carefully stored at NPS Headquarters in Somerset.