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Oh, happy day in Happy Valley

JoePa will coach Penn State through 2011, but not forever, so get thee to State College

Updated: November 24, 2010, 12:50 PM ET
By Eric Angevine | Special to ESPN SportsTravel

Photo gallery: Penn State football Pilgrimage | Passport | Buy Penn State tickets

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- I used to wonder why it was called "Happy Valley."

Like many things about Penn State's beloved town, campus and football stadium, the appeal wasn't clear until I made the Pilgrimage to see for myself.

My drive through central Pennsylvania was dogged by overcast skies the entire way. Periodic droplets of rain on the windshield made me wonder if Joe Paterno would conduct his ...

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