Well, my family and I came back last Saturday from a week in Lancaster, Pa. We stayed at the Bird-In-Hand Family Inn, like we have done may times before. As many times as we have gone, we always see something new and still love the familiar things as well. It’s like home away from home.
We’ve been coming to Pa. now since the kids were small, and my husband and I, even before that. I guess in total, about 25 years. We would skip some years in between, but this last time was the longest stretch yet. We went last in 2005, so it was 5 years we hadn’t gone-and it killed me. There was too much going on with school and such, and the kids had lost interest , as they were now in their teen years. But just last year, the kids started saying they missed it and wanted to go back. I put it together, the kids got their work schedules figured out, and we all went together. It was great.
Just to see what has changed and what hasn’t, was interesting enough. Also, the Amish family (Christ and Katie Stoltzfus) we had made friends with since our first visit there, had lost their granddaughter in the Nickel Mines shooting in 2006, and I hadn’t seen them since that time. When we went to their farm(I wrote Katie and her family that we were coming), I didn’t know what to expect. She turned and saw me as I entered her quilt shop and gave me a hug, and she hadn’t changed a bit. Her daughter, Kathryn, who became pen pals with my daughters, was now 20 years old. We knew her since she was 12 or 13. Over the years, we went to her school and were guests, gone to dinner with the family, and even had dinner in their home. It was so nice and they were very friendly. I was hoping the shooting didn’t change things. Katie seemed to study me a lot more when I talked, but she was the same. She had put together a cookbook and had a memorial made in the back of the book for the kids who died. So sad. It is a very nice cookbook.
Other than that, we took nightly rides around the farms and looked at the beautiful scenery. Enjoyed the beauty and the quiet of the landscape. Went to Hershey’s Chocolate World and did the usual Chocolate Ride Tour, and of course our mouths watered for a piece of chocolate at the end of the tour. We went to the Hershey Museum this time and that was interesting-and you’re not going to believe this-but I wrote a post regarding seeing the number 111 everywhere.(Check out that post) Well, on the trip, we parked next to cars with license plate numbers that read 111, there was a license plate in an antique store there that read 111-all small random stuff. But in that museum they had a door encased in a glass box that had the number 111 right on it. My daughter freaked and she dragged me over there. That was so freaky. It was supposed to be the original door to the building on that spot “111 Chocolate Avenue” or something.
Then it was eat and eat and eat-all that great food. And then buy, buy,buy all the country stuff I could, because it all costs double back home. Then drive around and try to steal some pictures of the Amish without them seeing me. I take the pics through my windshield, then fix them up in iphoto when I get home. All in all , it was a great trip. The kids enjoyed it as well. Kelsey, my 15-year-old, is like me. She enjoys the quiet and the friendliness-and lets not forget the animals, which are in abundance over there, too!
I’d do it again tomorrow if I could….but I just may have to wait another year. Maybe I’ll invest in a vacation home instead…..hmmmmmm.:)