Mia and I are having a lovely mother-daughter weekend in the state capital of Harrisburg. (Too hungry to wait until our arrival at the Boyd Big Tree Park, we ate the vinaigrette and tomato chicken sandwiches I had made this morning and packed enroute.) Then we indulged in a pond loop hike, so as not to neglect our mosquito friends who gotta eat too. The buzzing little relentless jerks mercilessly nibbled on our faces and shoulders while we used our arms lile windshield wipers to discourage them to no avail. We finished the loop and then drove through the historic district of Harrisburg along the stunning Susquehanna River. Enticed to stop to explore and stroll by the charm of swings and benches dotting the river, we meandered along a winding path that surrounds the Archibald McAllister House to explore the garden and museum shop before driving past the governor’s mansion enroute to the historic Broad Street Market. Then, we wondered into an independent bookstore that smelled of coffee, cake and (best of all) books. Shelf upon shelf of assorted potential page turners beckoned us to open this book or that book. Mia explored the recently illustrated Harry Potter series and I, not surprisingly, the old and new cookbooks. Next, we checked into our hotel before dining on blue cheese and bacon burgers with sides of mozzarella sticks and onion rings washed down with a local IPA, for me and icy cola, for Mia. A breakfast buffet and the promise of more opportunities to make memories and laugh together awaits us in the morning before a day of more adventures begins.
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