Happy Camp RV Repair
Smoke. That's what brought us to our next "campground" in Pennsylvania. We had just pulled into a nice County Park and were getting all leveled. I noticed a bad burning smell and then saw smoke coming out of the basement! Steve immediately unplugged the shore power and disconnected the batteries. We called around and found an RV repair center very close by. Luckily Steve was able to get the legs back up and we drove over. The owners of Happy Camp were very nice. They looked the rig over right away and put a tech on it immediately knowing we are fulltimers and live in our rig.
|A fun geocache TB find. You are encouraged to add a western themed item to it. We added the red cowboy boot.|
We're here to hike the Highest Point and to visit the Flight 93 9/11 Memorial. While we waited for our trailer to be repaired we did a few geocaches and drove around the small towns. There was a Festival going on that focused on all-things tractor. Pulls, races, shows, etc. It would've been nice to attend, but we wanted to head out when the weekend came.
|A random elephant in town.|
On our drive over to hike Mt. Davis's High Point, we passed several farms. Some huge.
And some small and simple. This is Amish country and there are many horse and buggies around.
This is another High Point that you pretty much drive to. There is just a short trail to the marker.
They put up some great plaques with a lot of information of the area and the state.
We found three triangulating markers but it took a bit longer to find the REAL one, the geological marker for the true summit. Steve found it hammered into the tip of one of the boulders
On the way out there was another trail I wanted to take that let to Baughman Rocks. It had a very interesting story to it.
This is a flat area except for these rock "spires" that stick up about 30 feet and cover maybe a 100 foot circular area. You could walk over and jump across them. Steve was not keen on this. He had no problem up on the viewing platform but was worried that Hurley or I would slip or fall.
More farms on the ride back.
I don't know why, but I found this sign amusing. Gotta love a good deal on some dented eggs and bent cheese or butter!
9/11 Flight Memorial and the MD High Point. Tomorrow will be 9/10. We could've waited for the eleventh as they were having a special annual service that the families attend, but we knew there would be crowds and news out as they were also unveiling the 3rd and final part to this memorial. A huge sound memorial, The Tower of Voices, where there will be a chime for each person who lost their life that day. Sort of like a large collective windchime. While that part hasn't been built yet, there would be a display of it.
It was a beautiful, sunny day with some clouds out. A short drive and we were there. The National Park Service run this memorial. They had the grounds set up for the big 9/11 event the next day. There were huge groups of motorcycle clubs and lots of media. Since we were early, it wasn't that bad. We got a great spot to park without any problem.
|A representation of the Tower of Voices, borrowed from the NPS website.|
There was a lot of thought put in to this memorial. You walk up the "runway", which is made to look like the Hemlock trees that grew here before the crash. They are black to represent the stark color difference. The diagonal lines represent the branch patterns of the tree and are duplicated throughout the memorial. It is a very solemn place.
As you walk down the runway towards the lookout you will see 3 bands that represent each plane crash with the time, place and flight number.
The 2nd World Trade Center crash.
The Pentagon crash.
The pathway is the actual flightpath that Flight #93 flew just before the crash into the field.
There is a viewing deck outside that shows the final flight path and crash site.
In the distance you can see the Memorial Wall and walkway leading to the crash site.
Inside the patterns and colors are repeated and the displays and information very well done. There were tiny bits of the plane and personal objects displayed. The most touching part for me, was recordings of the passengers calling their loved ones on their cell phones knowing it would be their last conversation. Very, very sad.
The 9/11 victims.
These guys had a friend that was on the plane.
News media out already.
Some people in the immediate area giving their account of the crash.
The plane crashed upside down and made a distinct V shape in the earth.
As we walked down the path to the Memorial Wall, we looked back up to the Visitor Center and Observation Deck.
The panels are off-set just a touch.
At the end of the wall is the gate. Once a year, each 9/11, family members are allowed to continue past the gate to the crash site for a special memorial service.
Walking down to the site you pass personal objects and letters left in memory for the crash victims.
Coins, medals, painted rocks, letters and many other types of objects.
One of the empolyees gave a very nice account of the day of September 11.