Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Favorite Place on Earth

Last weekend was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  It was so amazing that I had to spell it out for you like that ... you're welcome by the way.

The hubby and I set off an impromptu road trip adventure over to the Eastern side of our state of Pennsylvania to visit a few of my most favorite places on earth in and around Lancaster.  Why is it a favorite?  Because of the inhabitants.

Random fact about me: I have a serious passion for people of Amish and Mennonite faith.  They completely fascinate me, from the way that they live on the fringes of society and the basic and simplified way that they do things.  Yes folks, I love Amish people.  So much so that just talking about them gets me crazy excited.  I'm talking bouncing in my seat, gigantic smile, fact spewing, excited.

So needless to say, this little trip and all it entailed was pretty much a dream come true for me.

Highlights from our trip:
1. The first overnight trip Mike and I have been on by ourselves in 6 years.  Thank you Grandma for watching the kiddos
2. Taking a long horse and buggy ride with our wonderful Amish driver, Aaron, and his horse, Cheeta.
3. Walking through all of the lovely Amish made furniture shops and imagining how fabulous our house would look if we could buy everything
4. Breakfast doughnuts from the Bird in Hand Bakery
5. Warm sunny days that showed off the stunning farmlands
6. Touring a working Amish dairy farm and it's 150 year old barn

Yep, I daresay we'd make a pretty good Amish couple!  I'll be trading in my iPhone for a bonnet.

5 comments:

Amylou said...

This is so so neat! I always thought it would be so interesting to visit an Amish community! They seem to be truly hard workers and have an amazing way of life.

Devon said...

love it! you got some great pics!!

there is a great amish leather shop in a small town past bellefonte that my mom and i stop at sometimes... they sometimes have these adorable little amish kids selling baked goods outside. we can never NOT buy something! :)

Dollie @ Dollie Creates said...

Oh that looks like a BLAST! I'm fascinated by the Amish, the simplicity of their way of life seems pretty amazing considering how everyone now a days is so tied into technology.

Jen said...

I am fascinated by the Amish, too! You should check out Amish country in Ohio sometime, too. I want to say it's about the same distance to there as it is to Lancaster from where you live. I went several years ago with my ex and stayed in a beautiful cabin here:
http://donnasofberlin.com/
So peaceful and relaxing. Expensive, but worth it! We toured an Amish farm, took a buggy ride, and there is also a really neat ride through animal safari out there (not Amish related, but still fun, lol), among other things. I want to go back!

Jen said...

I am fascinated by the Amish, too! You should check out Amish country in Ohio sometime, too. I want to say it's about the same distance to there as it is to Lancaster from where you live. I went several years ago with my ex and stayed in a beautiful cabin here:
http://donnasofberlin.com/
So peaceful and relaxing. Expensive, but worth it! We toured an Amish farm, took a buggy ride, and there is also a really neat ride through animal safari out there (not Amish related, but still fun, lol), among other things. I want to go back!