Day 2: Northfield, MA
Northfield, Masa… Masser… Missa… the state with Boston in it. I chose it because it’s pretty close to halfway between Harrisburg and the easternmost point of Maine, as measured by estimated travel time.
Nice place. It’ll be nicer to see it in the daytime, I think.
I’m actually in nearby Greenfield, now, in the only place open with free wi-fi… which also happens to be a brewpub! Some days, I just get lucky. They also make a mean barbecue, which I had to try, because the words “Massachusetts” and “mean barbecue” aren’t often mentioned in the same sentence, unless the sentence is, “Wow, it sure is impossible to find a mean barbecue in Massachusetts.” Which, I now know, would be a lie.
Anyway, since it worked last time, I’m going to do the map thing again. It deviates quite a bit from my GPS track, but I haven’t yet figured out how to convert a GPS track to a Google Maps route (I can import it into Google Earth just fine, but then I still can’t export it to Maps. Whatever.)
Whew. Okay. As promised, better pictures.
First of all, morning. Since I arrived in Harrisburg after dark last night, I couldn’t get any decent pictures. But this morning I walked around a bit with the camera. Now, in my experience, about 90% of Harrisburg is a hole. This is a representation of one of the nicer parts of the hole:
The other 10%, though, is the river, and the river totally makes the trip worth it.
I walked, oh, 150 feet between those two pictures.
Okay, so after leaving Harrisburg, it was time to visit Tröegs brewery in Hershey, PA. Yes, that Hershey. It’s not far from Harrisburg. It was early, so they weren’t open yet, but I got this wonderfully inspirational photo. I call it “Sunrise Over The Beer Vat.”
Now, some of you are asking, “But, Waltz! You were in Hershey! What about the Chocolate Tour?!”
Okay, no. Hershey is to chocolate as Bud Light is to beer. Wake me up when I’m in a place that makes real chocolate.
So. Next stop, up the road a ways from Hershey, was the brewery that bills itself as the oldest in America: Yuengling. I took a tour, and shot more pics than I can reasonably post, but here’s a little something:
The rest of the day was boring driving. Except for the part where I had to reroute around a bridge that was out, which didn’t show up on my GPS. That part wasn’t boring; it was annoying.
I passed a few things that I wish I’d gotten pictures of, but I was feeling pressed for time. I think next time I do something like this I’ll limit the driving time even more – it’ll take longer to get anywhere, but at least I’ll feel like I have time to take pictures of interesting things that you don’t normally see, like the helicopters and tanks on display outside the PA National Guard facility, which I had to drive through to get to Pottsville (the location of the Yuengling brewery).
Tomorrow, Maine. Probably I’ll take some pics of Northfield in the morning, and hope to post them tomorrow.
Of course, I don’t know if I’ll have internet access tomorrow – if I don’t post, I’m not necessarily dead or kidnapped; more likely, I’m in Maine. (I’m still unclear on the difference.)