We mostly just drove around wondering the back roads. I'm not exactly sure every town we drove through. But, I know we passed through Bird in Hand, Paradise & we ate lunch in Ronks at Miller's Smorgasbord, which ended up being a buffet that was a bit on the spendy side. I think Capt. N was a little bored driving around, but I loved it.
|I've read many Amish books. This is exactly how I imagined it would look.|
|An Amish farm. Notice there aren't any electric lines going to it.|
|Another Amish farm. Most of their buildings are white. No wonder people refer to them as Plain. I actually enjoy the white. It's peaceful.|
|We passed many Amish people in their buggies while we were driving - in our car.|
|This was new to me. I didn't know the Amish rode push-scooters. I guess I don't know if all Amish ride them, but it seems to be ok by the church districts in Lancaster County.|
|We happened to travel through Amish Country on a Monday, which typically is wash day. We saw lots of laundry hung out to dry. Much of it was hanging in porches just like this.|
|Call me naive, but I was surprised at how "normal" the towns looked. If you were just passing through & didn't know you were in Amish Country, you might not even realize it. That is, until you see a buggy going down the road. In the books I've read, I imagined the Amish communities way off in their own little areas. That's not how it was at all - at least not where we visited. It appeared the Amish lived right along with everybody else. We even saw 2 different Amish families shopping in Target. It's actually the same Target you see in the beginning of the PBS film The Amish. There was an Amish farmhouse & tour right in the Target parking lot. Here's a pic on my Flickr page of that parking lot.|
|Another Amish farm|
|The countryside sure was pretty.|
|The people we were traveling with have bought root beer from the family that lives here many times.|
|Some Amish choose to make money on tourists. (I can't say I blame 'em. Us tourists seem to spend an awful lot of money). Not only did they sell root beer, but they had a whole room full of goodies to purchase.|
|The root beer was right up front in their little store. We bought the big jug. If I remember correctly it was $4 & it tasted pretty darn good.|
We also visited a touristy place called Amish Village. I will post about that next week. To see more pics from Lancaster County check out my Flickr page.