Lancaster PA Road Trip – 4 of 14

Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster PA road trip part 4 and picking up where we left off last.

Our first stop was the Pennsylvania Welcome Center  which in the past we would always just blew by but today was different.  What a beautiful place, not only for its clean restrooms but its fabulous views overlooking a section of what is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.  The section it overlooks stretches over 45 miles and includes depths of nearly 1500 feet.

While milling around, as tourist do, a young man by the name of Matthew who is a Tourist Information Counselor began talking with us.  This young man was so well versed about the area including the eagle population soaring (pun intended) in that region.  He shared numerous personal experiences he and friends had with the Bald Eagles in that area.  He said it was not uncommon to look out any given day and see several of these majestic birds of prey floating on the wind currents above the valley.  As we talked he referenced the eagles powerful talons by showing us on the wonderfully mounted American Bald Eagle that was on display.  He then signed on to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation live eagle cam and as it appeared he began getting excited because since the last time he had signed on one of the two eggs had hatched.  We couldn’t help feel his excitement as the three of us stood there watching Dad and Mom Eagle tending to their new fledgling.  To check this live eagle cam out just hover over and click on the following link, Hanover PA Bald Eagle Livestream and you’ll be able to watch this nesting pair caring for their two babies.  What a wealth of information Matthew was and we know he is following along so want to say thank you for spending time with us and we wish you well.  As we watched this webcam we couldn’t help reflect back to our December 2016 “The Journey to Florida, Day 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16!” post displaying some eagle hatchlings in that state.

Well this is it for today.  If you by chance didn’t see a previous part please click on one of the links below and be whisked directly there,

Until next time have a great day and remember to keep looking up!

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  1. Ann McDunn

    Very nice to read this blog and the photos are great. I love predatory birds, and it was great that you have such good information from Matthew. The Pennsylvania Welcome Center seem fantastic with all there is. Again a day to never forget.

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  2. Laina Eartharcher

    Welcome centers come in so handy 🙂 I love how so many of them are so well-kept and beautiful. The staff are usually really nice and helpful, too. And thank heaven for clean restrooms!! ❤

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  3. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    I think many of us are like you were – blowing by Welcome Centers unless we have to go to the bathroom (which is usually the cleanest place for miles) — or walk our dogs. 🙂

    The times I have stopped, the Centers themselves were often closed, or manned only by an attendant who know little about the area, pointing us to the brochure rack which I would have found without their help – lol.

    How wonderful that you stopped and ran into Matthew – and that he knew so much about the eagles (about which I formerly knew very little). It seems the more you travel the more “serendipitous” connections with depth you find to share with us. I love it.

    THANK YOU MATTHEW – and God bless the folks who maintain the eagle cam and edit the footage (thanks for the link, guys). It was fascinating to watch the baby “bobble heads” grow in time lapse photography as well. I am looking forward to watching the first attempts at flight.

    The eagle cam is an important service to help remind us all that we share this small planet with other beings who deserve our protection, making the world just a little bit kinder with each person who takes the time to watch.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Madelyn for you uplifting words. We for sure know what you mean about welcome centers being a coin toss. This guy Matt was such a nice guy and once again our faith was restored in stopping at other welcome centers. Aren’t those little eaglets fun to watch. To think they grow to be such powerful birds of flight is amazing. It is so great to have these eagle cams for us to watch up close and in person the wonders of nature.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I am so glad that somebody FUNDS projects like these — there’s more to education than the dag blasted common core! I kept it open in a tab as I worked and kept checking back until Jason arrived to take me to my management agent to sign my new lease. I ran a few other errands while I was at that end of town, then Tink and I walked back (me parcel wrestling the entire uphill walk – lol – ready for a hot bath now).

        I’m thinking the reason you guys run into so many interesting souls is because you continue to welcome the engagement. A friend swears that somewhere in the Christian Bible it says something about opening oneself to spirit initially and God sends you more — as long as you keep the channel open. I think your channels are open W-I-D-E.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        So true. It allows us to see what takes place in the life and times of animals that otherwise we would never have been able. Yet another good use of the internet to help us see this one big world of people, places and things. Yes we believe you are right about opening ourselves up to others who in turn open themselves up to us and the exchange just keeps going round and round. Thank you for your warm words of encouragement to keep stepping out.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        My 30-something friend Jason stopped by while I was hyperfocusing on the eagle cam and teased me mercilessly until I insisted that he take a look. lol – we didn’t get out the door for another 5 or 10 minutes once he did.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Isn’t this the truth. We know how our countenance changes when talking with a silly chipmunk as it scurries by or when our canine does something cute but are afraid to say hi to that person we pass on street. Sometimes being a grown up… sucks, lol.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        I almost *always* say hi to *most* people (even those muggers, btw) – but I know you must be speaking truth because few return my overture (here in Cincinnati, anyway — some cities have been friendlier to strangers).

        As the oldest of five children close in age, I was “adultified” early — but I never connected what I disliked about my childhood to the reality that, as you say, “Sometimes being a grown up… sucks” lol
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Your experience was so sad Madelyn. We just never know these days who to say hi to and who not to. Safe is what we always practice. Caution is so important and wisdom is paramount. We were just talking the other day about some places being more receptive then others and using your past post as a focal point. We experience it on the road often in that there are times we look at each other and know its time to drive or walk on and not look back. We grew up in small towns and maybe that had something to do with our trusting? Even then as we grew older we learned things that made us realize maybe we shouldn’t have trusted so blindly.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        The many bloggers on YouTube always say to trust your instincts and drive away if you have the feeling that anything is not copacetic. It’s even more important if you tow your rig and leave it at the site, or wander away to see the surrounds like you guys do.

        STILL, they all rave about their experiences and swear that the people they have run into have restored their faith in humanity.

        As long as there are two of you and you are traveling with a dog, I doubt you’ll run into anyone with bad intentions brave enough to try to take you on.

        We can’t live our lives looking over our shoulders and expecting the worst, right? If we don’t trust, we miss a lot.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Caution is always a priority for us and we enjoy the buddy system in everything. Emma girl is our early warning system. As sweet and happy as she is there have been moments when she has showed us that she’s got our back. There is a lot of truth about opening up the trust levels and letting the love in. It has been wonderful for us and it seems to wash over unto those we have been blessed to meet.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        While Tink and I played frisbee in the little front yard today I had a brief conversation that warmed me to the bone — with a man I’ve often seen from our porch, head down, always alone and struggling to make his way along the sidewalk.

        Turns out he had a stroke that left much of his left side paralyzed, so even online engagement is frustrating for him anymore. I was thrilled to know recovery info that was new to him, and encouraged him to check out the Taub Clinic site for more info.

        NEXT we’ve got to get him to join us for Trivia at Tink’s bar! I’ll bet he doesn’t get out socially very often anymore, and he sure seems like it would he would be interesting to get to know. His entire demeanor changed as we spoke – and his brain seems to be as sharp as any.

        And THAT, boys and girls, is the value of always saying hello to people you pass, even when most rarely respond!
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Awesome Madelyn. You touched his heart for sure. Doesn’t it bring warmth to the soul when you know you brought a smile to someone. Our heart always goes out to people we meet in our journeys that have visible disabilities. Seeing their smiles is the best reward this side of heaven. You know what is said about entertaining strangers…. they may be Angels, lol. And He smiles saying yes what ever you do for the least of mine it is as if doing it onto me.

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