SOLSC – Day 7
In a previous post I mentioned that there would be nothing written about the annual quilt show at Lancaster during this month’s challenge due to the late date it is being held. So, I had to find something to fill in the gap that those posts would fill.
As luck would have it, Longwood Gardens were having an Orchid Extravaganza. Kathy and I went so the next few posts will be about our trip.
The trip was made extra special because we met up with a friend we hadn’t seen in 15(?) years. Erika Haak began her teaching career at Upper Dauphin and we were both on the sixth grade team. When she married she moved to the Philly area and UDAMS lost a great teacher.
Anyway, Erika has a membership at Longwood Gardens so she planned to meet us there. She was also able to get us in as her guests. What a thoughtful gesture.
Since I had never been there I had no idea where it was or how to get there. So, I checked out Google maps and printed out directions. I looked them over and knew I could get to the turnpike and to the West Chester exit but I was totally lost after that.
Then I thought, wait, our new car comes with a GPS. I have never use it so this might be a good time to give it a shot and see how it works. Because I knew how to get to the turnpike I didn’t plug in the information immediately. I waited until we got to Morgantown because there was a McDonald’s there and I knew I would need a pit stop at that point.
After stopping I plugged the address into the GPS and hit drive or whatever the prompt was. I immediately saw that the GPS and Google Maps were taking me two different ways. A dilemma. Which one should I follow? I decided, what the heck. I want to try the GPS so I will go with that.
I listened as the robotic female voice guide me through turns. At one point I either didn’t turn or I took a wrong turn because all of a sudden the voice told me that it was recalculating my route. I don’t know what kinds of narrow back roads I was on but I must say the homes there were gorgeous. I followed the directions the voice gave and made it to Longwood Gardens without really any problem. The GPS does work.
When we got there Erika was waiting for us at the entrance. Tomorrow – inside the Gardens.