Summer 2011 - A Short Term Getaway travel blog


The Hills of Pennsylvania

Beaver Stadium


Harts Log Day

Harts Log Entertainment

Alexandria Museum

Music Box

View from Shirley and Allen's Front Yard

Shirley and Allen

Sue Liked that Cart!

Shotgun Shirley

We left Brook-n-Wood on Thursday headed for my dad's home town of Alexandria, PA. We had visited there last year on July 4 - Last Year's Visit. It was just a little too far for a one-day trip, so we stopped at a KOA south of Williamsport for Thursday night. We were very surprised to find ourselved parked next to a matching See Ya owned by a couple who had just bought it last May and were traveling insurance adjusters.

On Friday we drove the rest of the way. Our route took us past State College and Beaver Stadium along I-99 where the surrounding hills and valleys were just starting to see some fall colors. We arrived in Alexandria and set up in my aunt and uncle's front yard just in time for Harts Log Day on Saturday.

Alexandria was originally named Harts Log for the man and his feeding trough that were a stop along the road. We missed the early morning parade but walked over about 10:30 a.m. to find a very large crowd of people and tent booths that lined Main Street all the way through the town. We did some wandering through the booths, saw a little of the entertainment, watched a wood chopper attempting to duplicate Harts log using only an axe, and visited the town museum upstairs in the library. The museum included a sign from my Uncle Austin's garage. Sue found a music box that operated using a disc with holes in it and was given a demonstration.

Our visits to Alexandria are always fun mostly due to the hospitality and good spirits of my aunt and uncle, their son, Denny, and his wife, Elaine. Shirley has a new golf cart and Sue had a good time driving it. Meanwhile, I had a really nice run on the Lower (pronounced like "tower") Trail that runs 16 miles from Alexandria to Canoe Creek State Park. Sue picked me up so that I wouldn't need to walk back! Arnie came along and we added a walk in the woods.

Eating is a big part of Alexandria fun. Shirley has enough food (lot's of sweets) to withstand a long cold winter and there are a couple of restaurants in town. This year we visited Paisano's for calzone and pizza.

It was another great time in Alexandria, but it's time to head for Florida!

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