What do two "semi elderly grandparents" do for a daytrip with their 12 year old grandson, who just happened to study rocks and fossils this past year in school? Why they take him to probably the best real life experience in the PA area. And, to make it even better it just happens to be the town where said grandparents were born and raised. We of course have had several trips back to our hometown's tourist attraction over the years but this one was just as interesting.
The Lokie ride over the beautiful mountain where we played as children was great. Listening to the whistle blowing, which in fact can be heard throughout the town was nostalgic. The young man, James Caulfield, who gave us the presentation was informative and gave the impression of really enjoying his job.
The mine tour, was as expected a little damp, cold (pack a jacket) , dark and REAL. I pointed out to our grandson this was the real deal, not pretend as in Disney. Our miner guide, Joe Kehoe (yes that was his real name) , was knowledgeable and humorous. You realize you are deep underground but feel safe nevertheless. We all left with a better understanding , if only a touch, of the hardships our fathers and grandfathers faced just to put food on our table.
What kind of grandparent trip doesn't end in a gift shop where prices are kept cost effective for trinkets and fossils you won't find anywhere else.
Oh and if you have the opportunity to drive down the main street in town notice the hard work that went into the hero banners of all the veterans from the town from all wars and conflicts. .
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