The open road spreads out before you, oblivious as to where you are headed, you can only imagine the small town to which you are traveling. In your mind the mental picture of small cottages among peaceful hills covered in the bloom of wildflower is a lingering thought. As you approach your destination you discover that your assumption is along the lines of what you see. What you didn’t realize is the miraculous world that is just beyond the small town. This is what I experienced in my travels to Hughesville Maryland.
Being a city girl, I was awed by the simple features of Hughesville. Thick lush forest surrounds me, houses are two-story and have basements, fireflies are a common site, and Amish people are your neighbors! The things the residence of Hughesville takes for granted every day are the things that amazed me the most.
Though Hughesville in some ways surprised me, my true discovery was only a few miles away, one of the most well-known cities in the world, Washington D.C. In Washington D.C. I experienced the Smithsonian, filled with endless numbers of museums from the National Museum of Natural History to the Holocaust Memorial Museum. One of my favorite museums was the National Air and Space Museum. Space crafts and war planes were all displayed, each having a significant story behind them.
My favorite exhibit however is The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age which featured the first successful airplane. The exhibit explained how people discouraged the Wright Brothers, despite what people thought, they accomplished their dream to fly. This accomplishment is very impressing to me, especially considering the fact that one of the Wright Brothers didn’t even graduate from high school.
Experiencing Washington D.C. along with Hughesville is something I will never forget. I’m ecstatic that my best friend invited me to travel with her to her home town, opening my eyes to a world filled with excitement, enriched in history, and that opened a opportunity to experience something different and new. Hopefully in the near future I can venture to another place that will once again allow me to see a whole new world. Maybe a small town that would end up being a big adventure.
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