There are many benefits to being a licensed, practicing lawyer in this country and Commonwealth. One fringe benefit (and I mean fringe) of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is driving through and to the counties in this jurisdiction. Practicing in Delaware, Chester, York, Lebanon, Dauphin, Luzerne, Montgomery, Lackawanna, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lancaster, Northampton, Monroe, Clearfield, Blair, Center counties, I drive throughout the Commonwealth. The word Commonwealth does not do justice to the beauty of the counties in which I travel and the courthouse in which I practice. One recent cool, spring day I had the pleasure of a relaxing drive from my home in the suburbs of Philadelphia to the Monroe County Courthouse in the quaint hamlet of Strousburg, Pa. I left my home at 7:00 am. By 7:45 I entered the Lehigh Valley and was approaching the scenic Delaware River Water Gap area. I left Philadelphia in a heavy fog, arriving in the Lehigh Valley as the fog began dissipating from the mountain valleys. Steamy slopes and long shadows were cast as the sun climbed over the hills and heated the morning sky. Route 78’s mountain passes were freed from their foggy blanket revealing the height of the tree-topped slops. What a peaceful ride. The rich majesty of Penn’s Woods (the translation of the word Pennsylvania) became evident.Upon arriving in Monroe county and the courthouse square, I had the pleasure of stopping for coffee at the café duet. Pictured above, I partook in a croissant and perfect cappuccino in the a sun-lit square. I could have been in any hamlet or borough in another country. I, however had the pleasure of attending to my profession, take care of a valued client, and being given the opportunity to enjoy Monroe County.In between mentally organizing my case, I day dreamed about the incredible mountain bike riding trails that snaked through the various gorges, streams, and mountain passes. Exercising both my mind and body is a wonderful activity I engage in on a daily basis. I will be in Center, Blair, and Clearfield counties over the next several weeks. I will cherish my time and my profession while I enjoy the best the Commonwealth has to offer this summer.Call me about your legal matter.