Well, I am officially back in Brooklyn. I got back two days ago and have just had a lot of stuff to do between then and now. But, I wanted to share of my last hurrahs along the route back so you can learn just what it’s like to come down from a great trip (get it?).
After St. Louis I only had a few more stops before coming home: Oberlin Collge, Erie, PA to visit some friends, a surprise trip to Chautauqua, Pittsburgh, and some random historical spots in northern Maryland. They were all fund and all happened in pretty rapid succession.
I’ve never been to Oberlin before but a friend suggested it would look really pretty so I decided to check it out. It turns out it did not disappoint. Beautiful architecture and tasty food will now be what I remember from being there. The Feve, a wonderful restaurant on their strip, was suggested by a friend and was super tasty. I also walked around the campus a bit to check out the buildings. Not much was going on, of course, so I didn’t spend a lot of time there.
It was then nice to be in Erie, PA, with some friends for a night, instead of a hotel. We ate some good food, chatted for many hours, and even had some time by a fire pit! Then, they convinced me to surprise a third friend at the Chautauqua Institution, a haven for lectures, music, and a great lake to boat on. I’d never been there before but I definitely plan on going back. It was a wonderful community and they had a cool placed called Palestine Park, so named because it was created in the early 20th century (before Israel existed) as an homage to the Jews. Since the site was founded by folks with a more Christian religious background, this made sense to me.
After Chautauqua was the City of Bridges: Pittsburgh. I also was visiting a few other friends and they took me on a small driving tour of the downtown as well as Point State Park, a spot with a beautiful view of a lot of different parts of the city. We got to see an awesome funicular from the park and I commented on how similar it may be to other ones I’ve seen. It was very cool.
The next day I checked out Fallingwater for a bit (not more than an hour) because it really is just a house and pretty grounds. It was very nice to walk around and see everything. I was surprised that the south-facing windows on the house had no shades or curtains. The owners seem to think that it’s okay because no one is really around.
I also drove by the Flight 93 Memorial. It had a great and in depth exhibit of what happened in that region on 9/11/01 as well as the other planes that crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. It was very well done in my opinion, with lots of different ways to spend your time there. I didn’t spend a lot of time but I still felt connected.
Finally, I briefly stopped off at Fort Frederick and Antietam to get a dose of Civil War history before finishing up my trip. The battleground at Antietam is large and extensive and currently runs various farms on it, but is a very historical site with lots of information to see and learn. I had a great time reading the various plaques and things.
This road trip has been amazing. Rejuvenating; relaxing, resetting – everything I wanted it to be. I hope to get back to the places I’ve visitedfor more time in the future. It was super fun!