A Brief Visit to Pennsylvania

A few weeks ago I went to Pennsylvania for a couple days.

It had been my plan to visit my hometown this fall, but Ivan’s schedule is unpredictable, to put it mildly. His call shifts end up being 14+ hours overnight at the hospital and that’s outside of his usual weekday hours.

I couldn’t leave the dogs at home while Ivan was away at work, so I took advantage of his week of vacation by spending a few days visiting in PA.

The trip isn’t a short one. It’s roughly a 9-hour drive and since I got the short straw when we were buying cars, my gas-friendly Yaris is without a single bell or whistle. That means no power windows; no power locks; no bluetooth; and no cruise control. And, to top it off, it’s an automatic. That amounts to a pretty boring drive.

Still, I arrived and spent 2 full days in Pennsylvania before making the dull trip back home.

I stayed at my parents house — the home I grew up in — and, as with every time I visit, I was astonished at how much the trees had grown.

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My parents bought the land (a 10-acre plot) in the mid ’80s and built the house so that we could move in when I was 5 years old (around 1988-1989). The plot had been farmland, I believe, and was still butted up against cornfields. So the plot was flat and unremarkable.

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Dad planted trees. And, as trees tend to do, they grew. Almost 30 years later, their yard is a lush stretch of greenery.

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I kind of miss it. I mean, I don’t want to move back to Erie. For all the sentiment I may carry, the city is economically crippled and has zero appeal for us except for its familiarity. But, oh, how I miss the unparalleled freedom and joy living in a truly rural area. The beauty and unpolluted clarity of that life is something I will always long for.

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And I think that’s one of the reasons why I don’t ever want to leave New England. If I want that type of life, surely I can find it here!

Whoops! I think I slipped into some nostalgic digressions there.


So, I got to visit with some family that I haven’t seen in years and even some I’ve never seen. My brother’s partner, Ashley, made the trip to visit and I got to meet her for the first time! And, yes, she is expecting. On my birthday, no less! Hopefully, by September 18th I’ll be an aunt again to baby Violet.

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I got to see a few friends and enjoy a campfire — something I haven’t done in… Oh my gosh. I can’t even remember!

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And, driven by some strange masochism, I decided to go for a 13.1-mile run the morning after driving 9 hours. It was the full loop of the peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie and the first half marathon Ivan and I ever ran together.

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While I was out running, I passed 5 turkey and a gorgeous coyote. They were both extremely close, also. Close enough that I pulled out my pepper spray, just in case. And those awesome close encounters made up for the ferocious black flies that were biting me as I ran.

So… that’s the story of my visit to my hometown.

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4 thoughts on “A Brief Visit to Pennsylvania

    • It’s true! Visiting family and friends is nice and seeing my old town briefly is a sweet reminder of where I grew up, too! But at the same time, I’m really happy to call Connecticut home now. 🙂

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