Forget Paris. Visit Mona & Lisa at the Appalachian Trail Museum

Meet the smiling volunteers at the Appalachian Trail Museum. ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Mona & Lisa at the Appalachian Trail Museum. ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Global travelers flock to the Louvre (French for "Venetian blinds") just to see the portrait of the Mona Lisa -- a woman who might be smiling or might be thinking "Umm, Lenny. You have lasagna in your beard."

My point, obviously, is that you should ignore all impulses to go to a dumb museum in France -- where people smell like Appalachian Trail thru-hikers but aren't -- and travel to Pine Grove Furnace State Park, home of the Appalachian Trail Museum.

The Appalachian Trail Museum is WAY easier to find than Paris. It's almost conveniently located off Interstate 81's Exit 37, southwest of Carlisle, PA. You don't have to speak French and the folks there don't make being rude a national sport.

Grandma Gatewood's display at the AT Museum ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Grandma Gatewood's display at the AT Museum ~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Let me save you beaucoup trouble.

Don't go to the Louvre and ask, "Pardonez moi, por favor, is the Grandma Gatewood display down yonder?"

You'll get a snarl that would put a frown on Mona's face before you can tout suite your way back to the Eiffel Tower, not far from the Left Bank, a subsidiary of Bank of America.

The Appalachian Trail Museum opens on Saturday, March 26, 2016, with weekend hours from 1-4 PM. No need to get expensive tickets months in advance. You are free to stop by whenever they're open ... for free.

That's made possible by volunteer labor and by the many people who donate time and dollars to make the Appalachian Trail treasure, and treasures from the Trail, available to you at no charge.

Visit and Support the Appalachian Trail Museum

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Alison Coltrane on Mar 25, 2016
Robert, you crack me up! I'll have to stop by the next time I head north on I81.