My “Autumn” Visit to PennsylvaniaBy
So, if I actually had a bucket list, visiting Pennsylvania and New England in the fall would be on it. For as long as I can remember, I have said it would be the trip of a lifetime for me.
My father gave me that amazing opportunity this past week. I couldn’t believe it – I was finally going to get to experience the fall colors, rolling countryside and Amish lifestyle up close! So I packed my bags, made my itinerary, kissed my girls and Chris goodbye and ran to the airport.
It was evening when dad and I arrived. We drove from Harrisburg to Lancaster in the dark to our hotel. We found a little cafe and enjoyed a bit of supper together. I shared with him all the plans I’d made for us to do. It was exciting…
…next morning, we woke up early, ate breakfast and headed out the door for a fun day of “touristy”activities…
…and walked out to this…
Did my plane accidentally take me to Alaska?
Where are the browns, reds, orange and yellow colors I was promised?
Really? A freak snowstorm in October all along the eastern seaboard brought this. What are the odds…
This photo just makes me giggle:
I’ve seen snow in my day, but seriously, the size of these snowflakes was ridiculous!
Joking aside, dad and I had an amazing time, not only on this first day, but all the days we visited. Being Canadian, I have to say we are used to snow any month of the year so it didn’t slow us down. We still got around and did our crazy tourist thing.
We drove to Hershey on Saturday and enjoyed a few of the indoor attractions they have to offer. I learned SO much there! I always know that the Hershey chocolate bars were made in Hershey, PA, but I never stopped to wonder…what came first, the chicken or the egg, or in this case, the town or the chocolate company. Turns our Mr. Hershey was a genius when it comes to creativity and grandiose plans. He was truly a gentleman with a vision and I love that the town, his school for orphans, the theatre, and company are still thriving today.
Inside the Chocolate World building is everything chocolate! A 3D movie, factory tour, gift store, food court and bakery – holy crow, the bakery! They make cupcake representatives for every chocolate bar they make!
The choices were many (the photo represents about a third of the display area) but we choose a Raspberry Bliss cupcake and a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cupcake. It took us 3 days to eat 2 cupcakes – they were SO large and rich!
Sunday morning, the weather turned around and the sun began to melt the snow! We got in the car and just drove…
…and we found what we were looking for:
The highlights of Lancaster County, PA for me would have to include:
* the enormous old tree-lined narrow roads with old fashioned mailboxes marking each home
* driving through township upon township and never seeing a 7-11, chain restaurant, or large grocery store
* the unfenced yards, graveyards, and farms
* the rolling hills with trees, trees and more trees
* the dried corn fields
* pumpkin butter!
* the Amish buggies and school children riding their scooters to school in the morning
* the vast amounts of laundry hanging on lines at every home
* and of course, the time alone with my dad
As Julie Andrews says, these are a few of my favorite things.
Monday I will be back with stamping related posts! See you then!