- We are known as PaWingers or just The Wingers by our Geocaching friends. When we found our first cache we had to come up with a name to log the find. We came up with this name simply because of residing in Pa. and because one of our many passions is cruising this beautiful country on our Honda Goldwing. Aside from geocaching we are passionate about most anything outdoors including hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling and biking. We are blessed beyond words with a wonderful son and daughter in law. We're also blessed with some terriffic family and friends. We consider ourselves very fortunate due to the fact that after being married over 40 years we still enjoy these things together.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
The Lost Children of the Alleghenies
I don't know if many of you have ever heard of the Lost Children of the Alleghenies. It's a true but tragic story. One of the images that I have attached explains what happened here so it isn't necessary for me to explain it again. A couple years back we had heard about this and since then knew we had to visit the spot where these sweet children were found.
The theme of this Blog is and will remain "Whoda' Thunk", but this post will not follow that theme. Instead the main substance of this post will be "WHY". These "WHY" statements are based on our feelings and observations.
WHY is it that when you stand where the children were found does the hair stand up on the back of your neck?
WHY do you feel a constant chill up and down your spine even on a warm summer day?
WHY do you feel a constant breeze at your back yet the leaves on a nearby oak tree remain motionless?
WHY does the creaking of a distant tree sound like the cry of a small child?
WHY does the sound of the nearby brook mimic the sound of a children's lullaby?
WHY did these children have to endure this frightening experience?
WHY did these children have to perish?
We will never have answers to these questions but the visit was very moving to us. We stood there imagining the horror that these poor children had to endure. This location is far from any populated area and not easy to find but we are glad we made the effort and paid our respects.