Saturday, October 11, 2014

August 12, 2014 (113th Day)

It was sunny when we stepped out of the van. Then it turned cloudy, but no rain.  We left Walmart around 8 am and were on way to visit Hartford, Connecticut (CT).

We had to make too many detours in Hartford, CT because of road constructions in downtown and near the capitol. It was not easy to find a parking spot near the capitol. Instead, we drove by allowing Edith to take a picture.  

The Capitol (see orange detour sign)
From there we went to Cedar Hill Cemetery to look around old monuments and tombstone.  Edith is a cemetery aficionado! 

At the entrance of the cemetery was a box containing information on burial sites and Edith picked up one.  After looking through the list we were surprised to know that Thomas H. Gallaudet, the father of Edward Miner Gallaudet and his family were buried there.  It was a "bonus find" for us!  It took us a while to figure our which section the burials were at.  Thomas, along with Laurent Clerc and Mason Cogswell, founded the first institution for the deaf in Hartford, CT.  He became the school's first principal. His son Edward Miner Gallaudet (1837-1917) founded the first college for the deaf (Gallaudet College, now University) in Washington,D.C. and was president for 46 years.

We spent the afternoon driving without making stops, so we can get to Lancaster, Pennsylvania (PA) before nightfall.

We were rewarded a free night at any hotel/motel of our choice.  We checked into Westfield Inn & Suites in Lancaster, PA. We had supper at Symposium Mediterranean Restaurant.  They had a special on prime rib and we each had it. The prime rib was so tender and cooked to perfection.  To satisfy our sweet teeth Edith had creme brûlée and Erwin got baklava.  A good supper and we were patting our tummies after we stepped out of the restaurant. If we ever go visit Lancaster again we would not mind eating there.

Baklava and Creme Brûlée (wipe your chins) 

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