Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.
Sometimes marvelous things happen when you are lost (For some that is perpetually).
Not long ago while touring the Midwest in search of delightful getaways for those who want to be intellectually and visually stimulated I made a wrong turn and drove north on Interstate 75.
While motoring some sixty or so miles north of Dayton, Ohio I passed by a serene community of Wapakoneta. Legend has it that it was named for a Native American chief Wapa and his Native American princess bride Koneta.
One can not help but note standing near the exit of the Interstate to this sleeply community stands a huge object resembling a golf ball lodged in a soggy rough. In reality it a replica of the moon and is the Neil Armstrong Space Museum.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was born and raised in Wapakoneta, Ohio. It is said that going to that museum as a curios lad inspired him to go the moon ( Although it did not exist until after he became famous, but who pays attention to details?) As local lore recites shortly before leaving home his mother screamed, “Get out of here and make something of your life. Ya ain’t ever gonna make anything of your self laying around here and when ya gonna start paying me rent. You’ll end up a lunatic like the rest of your father’s family. I hope you leave and get as far away from this house as possible.”
For years local teenagers have been trying to organize a one night event to spray paint golf ball dimples on the museum’s exterior.
Providentially the Native American name, Wapakoneta, literally means “Shooter of – Moon” or “Too far – north.”
Enjoy a trip to Wapakoneta, Ohio. Knowing the story behind the town, its name, and most famous former resident will gratify your visual delight and stimulate your intellectual longings.
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