Article and photos courtesy of Annette Yost
The 2015 Gettysburg Region Spring Tour was the first overnight tour in many years. Thanks to Ron and Val Green, it went off without a hitch, and was met with lots of enthusiasm.
Pres. Howard King and V. Pres. Ron Green at the Gulf Station
Friday morning, we met at the Silver Spring Diner in Mechanicsburg and were joined by 25 other cars and 50 people. We used the new PA turnpike to head west, and our first stop was at the Gulf Station off the Fort Littleton exit.
Sliding Hill Tunnel entrance
From there, we followed back roads to find the old turnpike and tunnels which were abandoned in 1968. The scenery was beautiful, and our flashlights came in handy inside the tunnels. It is amazing how much is left and yet how much is going back to nature. The Sliding Hill tunnel, stretching for 1.25 miles, remains intact and is quite cool and dry on a warm day.
Everyone had fun exploring.
These tours are about the cars and friendship. We experienced a lot of both on this tour.
After the tunnel visit, we were off to find lunch. Emigh’s Service Station and General Store in Saltillo, PA provided a great lunch. The gals that run it are friendly and efficient. A few of us even made use of the service station and car wash. We couldn’t have asked for a better lunch stop. It was tight parking for 25 vehicles, but we all fit, and the locals still were able to get gas. Thank you Emigh’s!
After lunch, we continued on Routes 655 and 22 to The Swigart Museum, the oldest car museum in the United States. They have a wonderful collection and Pat Swigart and her crew were fantastic tour guides. There is a special story behind each car. The collection rotates, so you won’t see the same cars the next time you visit.
Come evening, we were off to find our hotel. The Comfort Inn in Huntington welcomed us with open arms.
Once we unpacked, we headed over to Hoss’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant in town. We had a good meal and lots of camaraderie as we took the opportunity to talk about the day, thank Ron and Val, and to go over plans for the following morning. With our bellies full, it was back to the Comfort Inn for a good night’s sleep.
A small group of us woke extra early on Saturday to do the optional Scenic Overlook excursion. We set out at 7:30 to see Raystown Lake and Dam from the Henderson and Redenour Overlooks. It was exceptionally beautiful as the sun rose and the fog lifted. Ron was a wealth of information and fulfilled his duty as tour director beautifully.
Next, we had breakfast back at the hotel. A special “thank you” goes out to the lady stocking the buffet. She did a really great job.
Then, of course, it was time to rally the troops a drive just a short distance to the Isett Acres Museum. Mr. Isett was even there in person to help us park! This museum is a must see no matter what your interests are: toys, housewares, glass, tools, radios, furniture, firearms, crockery, etc. We had a great time looking at all the artifacts while remembering our mothers and grandmothers. We even saw some things we still use in our homes. We spent about two hours there–no long enough–and then went on a country drive through the mountains. Gorgeous scenery and lots of old cars tucked away in barns and weeds, trying to hide from us.
We stopped in the town of Spring Run and had lunch at the Path Valley Family Restaurant. Friendly people, good service and good food. After that, it was stunning scenery all the way back to Carlisle.
What a great weekend! Friends, old and new, looking out for each other and enjoying good times. A great big thanks to Ron and Val, once again, for all their hard work in planning such a wonderful outing!
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