Dave and I just got back from a long weekend in Lancaster county, PA. We wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of society for a couple of days - and it didn't take long to de-stress once we arrived there!
Thursday, we took our time getting up there because we knew most of the places would be closed by 5, and we'd just have a nice, relaxing night at the Maple Lane B&B. Until we realized there were only 5 TV channels to choose from, and 3 were unable to get a signal. For those of you who know how much TV we watch, you know how devastating this was! :)
Before we settled in for the night, we had dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant, where they had on display the world record holding Whoopie pie - this is a Pennsylvania Amish treat - and this thing was huge! It was there because they held the annual Whoopie pie festival this weekend.
World Record Whoopie
Dave posing with the Amish statue at Hershey Farm
Friday, we had breakfast with Ed and Marian at the B&B and got an early start to the day. We visited some Amish shops on the local farms, and picked up an awesome birdhouse!
We had lunch on an Amish farm, next to the workers who were building Adirondack chairs - couldn't get in their heads because they were speaking PA Dutch - and then drove around exploring. Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse was my favorite visit that day! They had the most beautiful selection of mums!
We went back to the B&B briefly to take a break, and then went back out to dinner at the Family Cupboard. Once our bellies were full, we went to the Living Waters Theater to see Abraham and Sarah: A Journey of Love. It was an awesome show about the perseverance of the couple on their path to parenthood. Sarah wanted nothing more than to be a mother, and her and Abraham's patience and faith paid off.
Saturday, after having breakfast with our Canadian B&B housemates, Doug and Jane, we drove to Leola for the annual produce auction. Since the Amish marry cousins, 9 in 21 of their children are born with genetic/inherited disorders, and Dr. Holmes Morton's clinic treats these children at no cost. I have never seen so man Amish and Mennonite people in one place, but it was great to see the whole community come together for such a special cause. Local fire departments were serving food, with all proceeds being donated to the clinic, and several local businesses and artisans donated merchandise to be auctioned to help as well.
Saturday afternoon after lunch we went back to the B&B for a nap, and then Dave went out to take some pictures. Here are some of his best shots:
Buggies clopping by the B&B
Pumpkin cart at a roadside stand
Saturday night was a lazy one. 2 short days in Amish country wore us out! A lot of walking, and long days exhausted us so we went to bed early, and got up early today to come home. Back to reality - homework, work work, and life.