Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Bellefonte ......Victorian Charm in the Heart of Pennsylvania
Last week we took a few days away and ended up in Bellefonte PA, a beautiful small town of about 6000 population. While we were there we took in the usual tourist adventures and are so glad we did! We visited Penn's Cave, America's only all water cavern and wildlife park, and the only cave in Pennsylvania placed on the National Register of Historic places. The cave tour is about a mile long and is viewed from a flat bottom slow moving boat with a tour guide giving you the history of the cave. Local lore tells of a Seneca maiden named Nitanee who fell in love with a French trapper named Malachi Boyer. Since they could not marry, they ran away. Nitanee's tribe found them and threw Malachi in the cave to die. The cave owners have done a wonderful job of back lighting the cave formations using different colored lights for effect. During the entire tour you will be dripped on from above, with very cold water. The top of the cave is quite high and the year round temperature stays at 52 degrees. We spent a day wandering around Bellefonte and had iced vanilla lattes here at "Cool Beans", a charming below street level coffee house.Roy took many photographs of the architecture around town. He spied this small sign on one of the buildings. I love all the black iron fences right on the sidewalk in the middle of town! While in Bellefonte we toured the Bellefonte Historical Railroad Society and Roy's absolute favorite, the American Philatelic Society . It is housed in a very old converted match factory and has, on site, over 8 million dollars worth of stamps. One night at our campsite we cooked hot dogs over a camp fire and had s'mores. Yep, they were awesome! This is Max, our travel trailer. Some of you may recall we had a large Class A motor home named Mollie. As it turns out, Mollie was not the right home for us after all. Max is slightly shorter, sleeker and more maneuverable. It did rain the first night and the pelting rain, along with the onslaught of walnuts falling on the roof made for an interesting night! Although not yet carved in stone, it looks like our next adventure will be in early October when we plan to travel on to Morehead City NC to attend the NC Seafood Festival. How can that not be anything but good!?!