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Old 10-11-2012, 10:02 AM
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Default Roanoke and Getttysburg

My son and I flew to Roanoke, Va. last Friday to do some hiking. We were on the Appalachian Trail at 9am Saturday for the 3.9 mile hike to McAfee Knob. It took us two hours to get to the top and about 1.75 hours to hike back down - 7.8 miles total of forested trail. A great experience for both of us!

THE COTTON FIELDS OF HOME - PXE



APPROACHING ROANOKE, VA










HIKING TO MCAFEE KNOB - ELEVATION 3179FT











After lunch, we loaded up the plane at KROA and blasted up to Harrisburg, Pa. with a 15 mph tailwind! WOW. Upon landing and securing a rental car we drove to mom's house where I grew up near Hershey, Pa. The plan was to stay through Sunday and leave Monday. CONTINUED
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:24 AM
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Default Roanoke continued...

After visiting with old friends and family it became obvious that Monday was going to be a no-go due to weather so we made alternate plans to drive to Gettysburg and do an auto tour of the battlefield. Makes me want to see the movie "Gettysburg" again for the tenth time.

CONFEDERATE CANNON



LITTLE ROUND TOP



UNION GENERAL WARREN SECURES THE HIGH GROUND AT LITTLE ROUND TOP



Back at mom's house in the evening, we were teaching her how to scan old photos when this little gem was discovered. It is my first flight in an airplane! I never knew this picture existed and it was taken at the old Hershey Airport. You can see the chocolate factory in the background. I am the cute one on the left. I can still remember parts of that flight.

Late Tuesday morning we packed up and were airborne out of Harrisburg (MDT) by noon. After a stop at Laurens, SC for fuel we were back home by 6pm. Another wonderful RV trip!

MY BROTHER AND I AT HERSHEY AIRPORT 1971

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Old 10-11-2012, 12:42 PM
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Default AWESOME!!!

Bruce,

Enjoyed the writup!! Sounds like you had a great trip. What a way for a father son to spend time together....in the RV!!! So now we see that RV's are a family bonding vehicle

Loved the photo from the 70's!! Maybe your son will be building Vans homebuilt Galactic Space ship when he grows up Who knows?

YOL BOLSON!!!
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:45 PM
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Small world Bruce. My first airplane ride was in the right rear seat of a C-172 at Hershey Airport, around 1960.

BTW, Mom still lives in the area. I use CXY on the west side of the river.

Remember when MDT was Olmsted AFB?
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:54 PM
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Remember when MDT was Olmsted AFB?
Dan, I graduated from Penn State Middletown Campus which uses the old AFB buildings near the airport.
I really enjoy visiting the area especially at this time of year, but after a couple days I am ready to get back down south. The Harrisburg area is kinda depressing for me. We love the mom and pop Italian pizza shops, though plus seeing friends and family.
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing the write-up! Looks like it was a great trip!
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How far is the trail from the airport ? I might try this trip with my son next weekend.
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:37 AM
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How far is the trail from the airport ? I might try this trip with my son next weekend.
You will need to rent a car and drive to Catawba Valley Rd which is Rt. 311, I think. Just off of I-81 near Roanoke. Total drive from the airport is about 10 miles. You will drive up hill for a while and at the crest is a parking area for hikers. After parking you need to walk across the road to the trail entrance.
Search Googlemaps for McAfee Knob. It shows the roads and trail along with elevations when you select TERAIN view.
Have fun!
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Awesome picture of the Hershey airport - born and raised in Palmyra. I remember driving down Hersheypark Drive with my parents and looking up the hill at the planes. Left in 91 for college, and have only been back a few times, but have fond memories of the area. I had totally forgotten that strip was even there!
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Awesome picture of the Hershey airport -!
Scroll about 2/3 down the page:

http://www.airfields-freeman.com/PA/...arrisburg.html
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