Chasing the Sunrise travel blog

Yep. That's the towns name and they are proud of it.

An Amish farm.

An Amish / Chinese gift store. Most made locally.

What a beauty. Nice sized rainbow trout. I'd sat at least 18".

Two swans coming over to check me out. There was a food...

A large school of trout. Note the albino in the middle.

This fountain is part of the filtration system that aerates the water...

You can always tell a team.

A fairly wealthy Amish. Many models to choose from.

Some stuff out behind the barn at a store.

We wash our cars. The Amish wash theirs too.

More of the ramada of draft horses.

Another Amish stuff store.

Downstairs of the stuff store.

They come in 3 sizes. Small, medium, and large.

An Amish in a opened wagon downtown.

A buggy waiting at a stoplight like everyone else.

An Amish team of 4 mules doing the mowing. This guy even...


Sept. 29, 2009 - Lancaster County, PA

Communion or dealings between individuals or groups. The definition for “Intercourse”, the name of a prominent Lancaster County town known for it’s proximity to Amish country. We have always wanted to visit Lancaster County Pennsylvania Amish country so we went there. We drove over to check it out the next to our last day in the Hershey TT Preserve. With all of the nice neat little farms and the opportunity to see a few Amish in their buggies it was worth the drive. The town of Intercourse was pretty much a touristy town. Most of the businesses sold crafts which could or could not be made locally. Along with the few that sell actual Amish products there are the others that sold Amishish Chinese products. Kind of spoiled the whole ambiance of the visit to the town. We did find some pretty good sausage and cheese in on local shop. Lots of the same types of crafts for sale. We also went into a large shop that sold home canned products like salsas, sauces, and jams. In the back of the store you could watch a half dozen Amish women home cooking and canning jars of sauces. We were unable to photograph them, but they were dressed in jumpers from neck to foot, hats, and shoes. You could tell that it was not an easy job as all seemed to sweating under all of those cloths and a hot humid kitchen. Rita managed to find a few quilt stores in the town where she could get a look at some real Amish quilts as well as some not so real Amish quilts. We also visited a store that had a fish farm out back stocked with trout. Some really nice looking big fish. Of course there were some Amish cruising down the main streets once in a while in their buggy. They didn’t hang around for all of us tourists to take their pictures. Most didn’t seem to enjoy being photographed. You had to catch them on the run. They do have some very good looking horses. You can tell by their appearance that they are treasured and well taken care of by their owners. Besides the buggies, I did manage to catch one harvesting with his team out in a field.

There are some interesting businesses that support their horse driven machines and buggy transportation. Harness shops and farriers are fairly common. The local Napa Automotive Parts must do a pretty good business in slow moving vehicle signs. It was a fun day that finished with a dinner at a local restaurant where we had some local fare. Something we wanted to have before we left the area. I had mashed potatoes with sauerkraut and pork. It was very good. Rita had breaded veal with gravy, baked sweet potato,and pickled beets. For desert we shared a peach dumpling with ice cream. Mmm. The restaurant was in the Brickerville House. A place built in 1753 before the Revolutionary War. Lots of restoration has gone into redoing what has been done over the original structure that is still left. A great place to eat and very reasonably priced. After another day in Hershey we moved closer to Washington DC to Front Royal, VA.



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