For the first time, I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge! The concept is simple: Each day in April I’ll be blogging on a topic starting with the letter of the day, beginning with A and progressing to Z by the end of the month. Posts will be short and will relate to my chosen theme: my new coming of age story, Rightfully Ours, released April 1.
W is for Williamsport
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is the setting for Rightfully Ours. This northern central Pennsylvania city in Lycoming County is best known as the home of Little League Baseball. It’s also the site of many natural gas drilling wells, which is part of the reason I set my novel there. (See F is for Fracking.) For a long time, my husband spent several weeks each summer working in the Williamsport market, and many years, I would take the kids to visit him. While he worked, we amused ourselves by visiting local attractions.
The Susquehanna River, which runs from New York to the Chesapeake Bay, passes through Williamsport. It’s not nearly as wide in Williamsport as what we’re accustomed to closer to home in Harrisburg, but I’d love to go back and do some biking along the river.
We always had a baby or two along for our visits, so we stuck with visits to the World of Little League Museum and Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland as our main attractions. Both are fun family destinations. Our visits were timed immediately before the beginning of the annual Little League World Series Championship, and the air was abuzz with excitement. Reptiland has its own brand of excitement with its live reptiles and fairly recent additions of a butterfly house and animatronic dinosaurs (both a BIG hit with my children). If you’re ever in the area, I recommend you stop.