River Towns, Pennsylvania
Enola, Pennsylvania -- an area of about 2 miles and 6,000 people -- has been home for the past 10 days. It's one of many small towns on the Western Shore of the Susquehanna River, directly across from Harrisburg, the state capital. As I pushed north, I knew this area was bike friendly (the Capital Greenbelt) but what drew me into this little town was an affordable and delightful Airbnb.
The house was built in 1906 for George W. Fisher, the first Yard Master at the Enola Rail Yards, the largest freight yard in the world until 1956. Externally, the three-story brick structure looks ho-hum, but the owner has restored and decorated the interior perfectly. I've been in comfort mode: waking with the sun beaming in through the bay windows, sipping cappuccino and eating homemade shortbread at 6AM. This host is amazing. Daily, I've headed in different directions, but within 5 miles, I was able to hike, sit by the riverfront, bike, trail walk, and play tourist. I'm still trying to figure out why this area has not been overrun.
Tomorrow morning I head just a few hours northwest for another 10-day stop in PA. It's back to the tent and lakeside at Bald Eagle State Park. It seems the summer is starting to fly by!
7/30/2021 10:21:49 am
Hello and happy almost August!
7/30/2021 02:49:35 pm
Sue: What a kind note to receive just when I need it! Left PA early so no tornado in sight. Now further North (Rochester) where it feels like fall but hopefully summer isn't over yet. Saving pie for 8/29! Sorry to hear of your Dad. Drop me an email when you can & let me know how he's doing. And, hope you're able to celebrate in August, too. J
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