Good morning fellow road travelers. As many of you following along know we have been sharing some of our past posts these last few weeks because we were out on another road trip exploring more of this incredible country we have been blessed to live in. We are now back and eager to share what we discovered. This is part 1 of a 14 part series of posts and we hope you are able to follow along with us as we unfold this wonderful experience through words, photos and videos.
It has been said the best things in life sometimes happen spontaneously and we believe there is truth to this. We are also learning however that planning can further fuel and enhance spontaneous moments by increasing the number of opportunities for them to occur. We can even step further to suggest having found at least one third of the joy in each of our adventures was in the planning stages including:
- where do we want to go?
- what do we want to discover? and
- what path do we want to take offering the most opportunity for spontaneity?
So, the first stage was where do we want to go? The plan centered around wanting to explore a small city in one of the 4 States bordering New York offering history, scenery, human interest, uniqueness and reflected the spirit of the great people of these United States. Wow, that could incorporate a lot of places in these neighboring states. The one state which stood out however was Pennsylvania (PA).
Pennsylvania is 280 miles wide, 160 miles long, mountains galore and comprised of a wonderfully diverse mixture of individuals, occupations, races, religions and political affiliations representing what America is made up of. Although Swedes and Dutch were the first European settlers in PA, William Penn, a Quaker, named Pennsylvania in honor of his father. He combined the name “Penn” and the Latin term “Sylvania”, which translates as “woodlands,” to come up with “Penn’s Woodlands.”