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

 

INTRODUCTION TO LANCASTER COUNTY, PA

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012

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Rented a car today with Lancaster County as my destination for the next 3 days. It is only  1 ½ hours drive from  Philadelphia. (Driving  in Philly is a nightmare so if you ever travel here, avoiding driving at all costs. ) As for Lancaster County, I cannot say enough wonderful things about it.  Especially if you are interested in the Amish way of life.    This area is home to approximately 30,000 Amish people, many of whom are farmers.  It is a beautiful area with gentle rolling hills dotted with farms complete with barns, silos, fields, cows and horses  grazing and a  home with  the laundry hanging on the clothes line, an Amish buggy or two in the driveway.  Their children could sometimes be seen outside either playing or helping with the farm work, wearing the traditional blue shirts, dark pants and staw hats for the boys   and the girls wearing  the blue dress with a dark colored apron and  their hair pulled up. The fields were full of corn, alfalfa and tobacco.

While driving out and about , the Amish  horse and buggies can often  be seen parked in  parking lots, on the road with their horse and buggies,  and the Amish people walking, or using a scooter along side the roads. Plus many of the young Amish women work in the restaurants and some of the shops.  I learned on this trip that their schooling only goes through the 8th grade for both boys and girls  and once they are married, the girls almost never work outside the home.

There are several little towns in Lancaster county but I only had  time to visit Bird-In-Hand, Paradise, Intercourse, Ronks and Strasborg.  One more important thing to mention is the food.  There are  many wonderful places to eat, referred to as Pennsylvannia Dutch cooking.  Most are smorgasbords or served family style and the food is WONDERFUL.

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Parking Lot of a Farm Supply Store

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I Always Liked the Laundry Look in a Yard!

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Telescopic Lens are Great!

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Beautiful Farms and Beautiful Country Everywhere You Look!

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