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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.

Amish country

Amish country

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

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Amish country

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

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Horses play a huge part in Amish life.

Amish country
Amish country

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

Amish soft pretzel.

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….

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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.

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

McDonald

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

Fairy Gardening

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…  

Amish countryside
Amish countryside

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

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Super cute town.

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Road trip

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

father's grave

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.

father's grave

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.

father's grave

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.

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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…  

Amish butter cheese

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!  

Well as promised, this is the last installment of our trip to the east coast last month.  For those of you who have not been following our adventures, breathlessly awaiting this post ๐Ÿ˜‰  So far , we had traveled to Atlanta – to Asheville, NC – to Williamsburg, VA – to Washington DC – to Lancaster, PA.

My mother had been to Amish country before and really enjoyed her time there, so we were excited to experience it.  The Amish lifestyle is fascinating  and you can find out more about their beliefs and lifestyle here if you like. 

The countryside was so beautiful and the roadsides were flanked by countless farms.  It was fairly easy to tell which farms were Amish by looking at the clothes hanging out on the laundry line.

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Our first adventure in Amish country consisted of taking a buggy ride.  As many of you probably know, the Amish do not use cars, tractors or electricity.  But, they do have horse driven buggies. 

buggy ride

Our driver’s name was Rueben and I enjoyed talking to him as he drove us around. By the way, there is a reason that Rueben is not in this picture…..the Amish do not like to have their picture taken.

As fun as the buggy ride was, I was looking forward to stopping by some of the stores which feature many Amish made goods.

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I think one of the things that I like about fall are mums and pumpkins.  How about you?

Many of the stores had pumpkins for sale as well as gourds.  I saw two different types of gourds that I had never seen before…..

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There are actually gourds that grow in the shape of apples and swans.  I have to get seeds and try growing them myself.

It was easy to tell that we were right in the middle of farm country.  Many of the gift shops had produce for sale as well. 

broccoli

Can you think of a better place to put broccoli?  I can’t wait for my broccoli plants to grow ๐Ÿ™‚

There was a huge farmer’s market that we ventured into where we not only saw beautiful produce…..

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There was also an iconic treat for sale as well….

 so delicious

Oh, I absolutely loved the Whoopie Pies.  I love to bake and I would love to learn how to make these….they were just so delicious.  The girls bought Amish dolls at the Farmer’s Market. An interesting fact about Amish dolls, is that they do not have faces.

It was time for us to head to our Bed & Breakfast.  The kids were particularly looking forward to staying there because our B&B was actually a working farm.

Airy Hill Farm

This is a view of the farmhouse at Airy Hill Farm.

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The barn was located behind the trees.  We met the wonderful owners, Mark and Hazel and the kids couldn’t wait to meet the animals.

Airy Hill Farms used to be a part of a larger farm.  The owners sold most of the land and kept 20 acres for themselves and their sheep, alpacas, horse and chickens.

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The original hog farm.

Mark took the kids down the drive to meet the miniature horse and take her for a walk.

miniature horse

They met the Alpacas and learned how to feed them.

Alpacas
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The sheep were only interested in the kids when they thought that they had food.

We had a wonderful dinner nearby in Lititz and were then welcomed back at our B&B with hot tea and coffee.  We spent a wonderful night in very comfortable rooms.

The next morning the kids were up early and went to help Mark feed the animals and help search for eggs in the barn.

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Kai was determined to look everywhere for eggs….

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He actually found some.

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I think the kids were kind of disappointed that we were not going to spend the entire day at the farm.  We decided to explore some of the other Amish towns nearby.

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YES, that is actually the name of the town.  I’m thinking of making this our Christmas card.  What do you think?  Actually, I am too chicken to send this out as our Christmas card ๐Ÿ˜‰  Another fun town we visited was called ‘Bird in Hand’.

We visited the local library and noticed the special parking area….

parking area

This is for horses and buggies.  The signs ask that you clean up after your horse.

We saw quite a bit of activity on the farms.  I was interested in seeing how the Amish farmers work without tractors or any power equipment.

I was only able to get one photo of an Amish farmer and I took it from far away, so as not to make him uncomfortable.

Amish farmer

I realize that it may seem strange to write so much about Amish country and not have pictures of the Amish people to share with you, but it is important to respect their wishes and privacy.  We did see many Amish people.  The children are just darling in their little bonnets and hats.

A lot of the kids ride scooters, which have the body of a scooter, but with large tires like a bicycle.  I saw a teenage Amish boy who was racing down the road very fast on his scooter.  I was struck by the similarities to your average teenage boy who likes to drive fast in a car.

After a little more shopping, we went back to our Farmhouse B&B and the kids were free to spend the afternoon playing.

Amish country
Amish country

We had a fabulous time and highly recommend Airy Hill Farms to anyone who is planning a trip to Amish country in Pennsylvania.

We woke up the next morning, said goodbye to the animals and headed on our way to Philadelphia for the day and then on to New York City – the final destination of our wonderful vacation ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thank you so much for letting me share our travel adventures with you ๐Ÿ™‚

Greetings From Amish Countryโ€ฆ