2006 Road Trip to Gettysburg and Hershey
Locations approximately plopped in; map not recommended for travel
Musing Around Pennsylvania, USA
Civil Wars and Chocolate Dreams
Did you know
there is a Muse, Pennsylvania? I’m not kidding. While planning a road
trip from Illinois to Pennsylvania, USA, I noticed a small town
named “Muse” on the map
just southwest of Pittsburgh right off of Interstate 79. I don’t know
about you, but I think it would be rather cool to live in a town named Muse. Does anyone out there live in Muse?
Muses aside, I really should have titled this entry “DESSERTing Work,
Part II” (remember Tombstone?) because over the Thanksgiving holiday
week I was off again visiting relatives and experiencing the historical bitter-sweetness
of two very famous Pennsylvania towns: Gettysburg and Hershey (yes, that Hershey — the
town where streets have names like Chocolate Avenue and the sweet
smell of cocoa fills the air (you did notice the double “S” in
Now that I think about it, I did encounter a variety of Muses in Pennsylvania.
And in between sightseeing and writing postcards home I found myself craving
some quiet journaling time to capture pieces of my trip in full “Writing
Down the Bones” style. Late one afternoon I slipped into a cozy chair
by a warm fireplace in our Gettysburg
hotel lobby and just let everything
I felt, seen, and heard around me stream
out in writing for about 30 minutes.
These meaningful moments of alone time and personal reflection intensified
my experience and enjoyment of the historical town that I lived in for three
I have never done so much out-of-state traveling in my entire life in such
a short time as I have this November. My well is overflowing and I have so
much I want to write about. Between Arizona and Pennsylvania I experienced
so many new people, places, and things, and NOUN that I’m home I’m
tired and need to rest from my vacation!
Traveling definitely has its cons. My e-mail inbox is full and my kitty
won’t stop doing figure eights between my legs (she told me not to go
away for so long again). I have two weeks of work to catch up on, and I've
been seized by a sore throat / cold thing. No worries though, next on my
list is a hot shower, tea, and rest.
Before I close, I wanted to say this: Despite my current “need to
recharge and recover” state, restocking my pond has been such a rich
experience over these last few weeks. I am left with so much to process, so
many new wonderful memories, and an overflowing well bursting with creative
inspiration to draw upon in the coming months.
It's interesting that I chose
the Thanksgiving holiday week to do this latest traveling. Thankfulness was
constantly on my mind. No doubt, slipping into another place in
time in Gettysburg and experiencing the bitterness of the 1800's Civil War
reminded me of other things I am thankful for not only for myself, but for
others in our country. Overall, my destination selections had some powerful
lessons I was ready to absorb, and my life will never be the same. •