Roadtrip - Three States in One Day

We woke up this morning in Amish country and couldn't wait to get started exploring some more.  As we drove through the countryside, we noticed an unusual amount of Amish buggies out on the road.

As we passed some of the farms, we noticed a huge gathering of buggies and horses...

Horses gathered together while their buggies were parked in a row.

Horses play a huge part in Amish life.

As we drove into one of the small towns, I was on the lookout for the one Amish delicacy that I love...

You have not lived until you have tasted an Amish soft pretzel.  They make them from fresh dough and bake them in a convection oven.

As I sat in the sunshine eating my pretzel, it was just a small piece of heaven.

There are also other Amish delicacies....

Some of which, I have no desire to try....

I forgot to mention an incident from yesterday...
We were in the parking lot of Target, having picked up some essentials, when we heard a long siren go off, warning the city about ???.  We didn't know what the signal meant.  There were clouds off in the distance, but they didn't look too threatening.

My mom went and asked the lady who worked at Target what told us that it was the tornado siren that is tested every Wednesday afternoon.

So, we obviously stuck out as tourists - but seriously, we don't get huge tornadoes in Arizona.

For lunch today, we ate slices of fresh Amish wheat bread and some of our Amish butter.  It was delicious.

McDonald's has designated parking for trucks, buses, Amish buggies and RV's.

Fairy Gardening is quite popular in this area.  I like to imagine tiny fairies living in the garden.

The Amish countryside is so beautiful - I had so much fun taking pictures...

As we left Ohio for Pennsylvania, we had to drive through a small part of West Viriginia.

Super cute town.

Our goal this afternoon was to visit the grave of my grandfather along with my great-grandparents.

My mother sprinkled some of her mother's ashes on her father's grave.

Then it was time to visit another cemetery where my 3rd great-grandparents were buried.

We had a hard time finding this cemetery.  First of all, it is small and has not had any new burials for years.  As a result, there was no address for this cemetery.  I did follow the directions, but they made no sense..  My mother and I were ready to give up and drove into a parking lot to explore our options. 
 As we got ready to leave, I looked u[ AND there it was!  Right across the street! 

It is always quite humbling to me to walk through a cemetery and see how long ago someone passed away.  I imagine what kind of life that they had.

Both of my 3rd great-parents are buried underneath this marker.  The dates are beginning to fade.
Many of the grave stones showed that death occurred for many in the 1800's.

 You will be proud to note that the trunk of our rental car is quite neat and clean, except for my Diet Dr. Pepper.

The same cannot be said for the interior of the car, however...

 The backseat is filled with our cooler that containers our fruit and Amish butter cheese.
Bags are filled with homemade Amish wheat bread and of course, we had some leftover pizza from tonight's dinner.  The remaining bags are full of the results of our shopping.

We are having a fabulous time.

Tomorrow, we are off Niagara Falls!


Diana Studer of Elephants Eye said...

That parking sign is fun.

FlowerLady said...

Great photos and what a lovely time you two are having. Such beautiful countryside.


Desert Dweller said...

Been there, great scenes you captured! One of my sisters lives in the Amish country of SE PA, and alot of my family live near Lake Chautauqua in far sw NY state. Enjoy it there...looks like nice clear skies.

Balisha said...

I am enjoying your Amish visit. I have always been fascinated by the Amish and their customs.
You gave me an idea for my big cup and saucer planter. I'm going to make a fairy garden...Have a safe trip.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Thank you for faithfully posting about your wonderful trip. I have very fond memories of visiting the Amish country with my family as a child.

Brandi said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing part of your trip.


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