Chris worked hard this summer, very hard. So August 30th was a date that we were looking to for a long time. At approx. 9:30 pm on August 30th, we left Pittsburgh. So long, farewell, thanks to the many families who now own an Apx Alarm and helped pay our bills.
There were no hotels available where we were planning on staying. So we luckily found this fabulous "mansion" at 2:30 in the morning. It was built in 1820 and our room looked like it was decorated in the 1980's. Blue shag carpet in our room! I was hoping to see a ghost. I would've settled for the ghost in corduroy bell bottoms or the ghost in the turn of the century petticoat. I didn't see either. But it was a great place to chock up to our many travel adventures.
Our first stop was Palmyra, NY. It was a beautiful Sunday morning when we pulled up to the Hill Cumorah site. It was so incredibly peaceful and I could not get over how rural this small town still seemed. The landscape view from the hill almost seemed unchanged to what it might have looked like almost 200 years ago to Joseph Smith. It truly seemed a tender mercy to me that a loving Heavenly Father preserved this special place for so long, dating all the way back to when Moroni was here burying the plates. It is a special place.
I wasn't sure what to expect when we walked toward the Sacred Grove. I almost imagined a small section of trees with a sign indicating where the prophet Joseph Smith had The First Vision. But the grove was so large and absolutely beautiful. Walking along the pathway, the spirit was so sweet and peaceful. What a wonderful blessing from our Heavenly Father to keep this place so holy so we could strengthen our testimonies of the restoration of the true church on the earth today. It was amazing.
More to come...including fish and Fenway!