MUCH TO SEE IN LANCASTER COUNTY ON DAY 2

TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 2012

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THE RED CABOOSE HOTEL, RONKS, PA

My second day was spent enjoying more ofsame:shopping the Amish crafts,nourishing myselfwith the wonderful food and stalking the Amish. Now the Amish do not like to be photographed,  it has something to do with their religion, so I had to be very sneaky with my camera.But I must be pretty good at itbecause, so far, I haveno arrest warrants against me.And thanks to the rental car agency also, who gave me auglynon- descript, non- memorable little  silver car.

As for some of the sights to see in Lancaster county, besides Amish people, they also have 29 covered  wooden bridges. I saw 3, one of which ( pictured) I would classify as being orginial and not having been built for the tourists. This wooden bridge is a “double long” and it spans 2 creeks. It is also in disrepair and can only be used for foot traffic.

Quilts are a popular enterprise in this area. There is a Quilt Museum (which I never made it to – it keeps odd hours and days) but they are many, many shops that sell quilts, fancy pillows, pot holders and the such.

A very clever hotel venture for this area is The Red Caboose.   When Don Denlinger  bid on 19 retired cabooses at an auction on a dare, he surprisingly won  all of them for $100.00. Thus the start of the Red Caboose Hotel.  They have been  cleaned them up, converted  to hotel rooms and  are now a caboose hotel. It is a  colorful and darling sight to see sitting smack dab in the midde of the corn fields!  There is  even a converted  silo  / now “viewing tower” which I climbed 76 steps to the top. The hotel also has a restaurant in a proper dining car along with a wooden train  playground.

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HERR”S MILL BRIDGE

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VIEWING TOWER SILO AT THE RED CABOOSE HOTEL

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QUILTS ON DISPLAY

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Amish Father and Son in Town

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Amish Farmer in the Field

 

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