Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Pennsylvania State Capitol

Tonight we walked the grounds of the Capitol building.
It was a gorgeous Capitol Mall.

View from the back:

Notice the "pink" fountain!
What is up with that?

View from the front:

As much as we loved the grounds of the Capitol Mall, our favorite site was the State Street Bridge also known as the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge.
Sorry, but the photos just don't do it justice. It was pretty impressive to stand across the street and look up at these amazing pillars!

Tonight's sunset:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Susquehanna River

Tonight we took a walk along the Susquehanna river~

This is the house of said "Harris" that Harrisburg was named after:

As we were walking back from the riverfront, we were walking along this historical district when a gal walked out of her house just as we were passing. Almost without missing a beat, we fell into conversation and had quite a nice visit until our paths took different directions. This is another reason I love these trips. The world can feel so big and I can feel so insignificant, then we can be walking along in a place so far from home, strike up a conversation with a total stranger and feel like instant friends without ever knowing their names and knowing we will never see them again. With each visit and each friend made, this large world grows ever smaller.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Little Respect Please!

Today we flew to Harrisburg, PA!

We had to get up at 3 this morning to make our 7:30 flight. Reminded us of our getting up at 3 on Saturdays to work in the temple!

This flight was Neals "maiden voyage" with his pacemaker and it was not a pleasant experience. Neal got Mr. Natzi Frisk Man. How much can you hide in one pacemaker? And just what effect does said pacemaker have on the items sent on the conveyor belt through the scanner? Mr. Natzi Frisk Man wouldn't let anyone near Neal nor his possessions till he was quite done with Neal. Go figure. I felt so sorry for Neal. And to think this is what he will have to endure every time he flies. Just pray that they are not all like Mr. Natzi Frisk Man.
(sorry there isn't a picture of Mr. Natzi Frisk Man, I was afraid he would take my camera away from me and I would never see it again!)

Our first plane:
(Actually this is the plane that was parked next to us, but looks just like ours!)

The view from our plane!

Our second plane!

I had to laugh when we boarded and I sat down and looked out my window and saw this!

Then before landing I saw this come down!

Thankfully the flight wasn't very long because this plane was the loudest puddle jumper I've ever been on!

After landing it was a short 20 minute taxi ride to our hotel.

One thing I always look forward to on these conferences with Neal is the hotel we stay in. We've had some really nice hotels!

Well . . . .

Welcome to the Crowne Plaza in Harrisburg!

This is our room:

This is our view:

And this is our bathroom!

Yep, this is it!

The, "You can shower, shave and do your paper work without taking a step" room!

And finding a place to eat dinner was something else. Downtown Harrisburg reminds me of a cross between Nashville and Richmond. A lot of homeless right outside our hotel door and the places to eat near by are just a bunch of bars. So we ended up back in our hotel for some pot stickers and a couple of cob salads for dinner and that actually hit the spot for us!

I hope this doesn't sound like I'm complaining, I'm not. Every trip has it's story. Tomorrow I'm all set with the lap top so I can listen to some good conference talks and with some knitting to keep me company while Neal is in class. And tomorrow is always another day to see just what this part of the country is like. And that is why I come on these trips with Neal. I love seeing the personalities and characters of each little part of the country that makes up this most wonderful place we live, the Untied States!