I am a big fan of the artist Nancy Noel, and for many years a collection of her Amish pieces hung in my home. Now, my BFF has one, and the others have all been sold. So of course I have routed us to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to visit Amish country.
|Colors of Summer|
|I have no space for a quilt, but usually love looking at their artistry. Unfortunately at this shop I only find these that look like they're off a conveyor belt.|
|I'm not feeling the simple life.|
On our way home we stop for a soft pretzel at a brightly colored store. I've been told we must have one :-) From there Bill finds a couple covered bridges to enjoy. These are very different from each other, both delightful.
|Produce lines the pretzel store|
|This sign cracked me up although it also sadly sums up how I feel about the little towns.|
|Built in 1844, the Herr's Mill Bridge is showing signs of age and is no longer a working bridge.|
|The burr truss structure is still beautiful.|
|The Herr family fled Germany in 1710 to practice their Mennonite faith. In 1730 the grandson built this grist mill and a small village grew around it. It is still a beautifully maintained building. And there is a small RV park in the back :-)|
|No place to pull over near this small, 1862 bridge.|
|Very pretty inside, even through a dirty windshield.|
We're here to visit Washington, DC, and everyone says Cherry Hill RV Park is the only place to stay. Although the rates are very high for dirt and grass sites, I can't disagree that the location is perfect and the park very nice. Our site is level, FHUs with 50 amp, and strong, free WiFi. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
In April, 2014 I wrote about making reservations for August 2017 to be in the shadow of the solar eclipse. At the time few people knew about it, including the rv park in Rexburg, Idaho.
A few weeks ago I checked in with the park to re-confirm our reservations only to learn that the park was sold in 2015 and none of the reservations were kept. Now, of course, the eclipse is a huge deal, and every park in the area is booked. Arrggh!
I spent hours looking at locations in the shadow and did finally find a place in Albany, Oregon. There were a few other openings, but at highly inflated prices. So now we'll be at the Blue Ox just off Interstate 5 - and still in the shadow's path. Soooo glad I checked with the park!!