My dad had his knee replaced this week at a hospital about an hour from where we live. My mom can't get around well and my brother is more than two hours from the hospital but I was able to travel there fairly easily, taking my 20 month old alone with me for the second trip. Since apparently our family doesn't get out much, the first trip was like a family mini vacation, complete with sight seeing of the country side around the facility. I have to admit I was surprised how pretty the drive there was.
The hospital is located in a tiny Pennsylvania city called Montrose and is surrounded by farmland, cows, hills and trees. You have to drive though some 30 miles of wilderness then boom, there is the town and at the end of it a small hospital on the hill, almost in the middle of nowhere, though there are a few houses near it.
The second trip involved a lot of waiting for Dad to have physical therapy and deal with stomach issues from the pain killers so Little One and I explored the hospital, which isn't really very active. It's a beautiful, new building with long, empty hallways. I'm not sure why there are so few patients there, but it could be because the town itself is fairly small.
Of course I couldn't resist photos of at least one of those hallways, especially when I saw blocks of light illuminating spaces of the hallway from skylights. I used the only camera I had with me that day - an iPhone. Sometimes I find photograph opportunities in very unlikely places. I'm not sure if it's a blessing or a curse but sometimes I see a photograph in my mind and know it has to be taken.
This post is part of Melissa Firman's 99 days of blogging and the 100 Days of Summer Photo Challenge.