Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Spring Break 2008: Amish Style

I arrived in Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 15 around noon. We went to the Gingerbread Man in Gettysburg and I had a chicken salad croissant with a salad. We then walked across the field where Pickett's men made their ill-fated charge. It had rained in the early morning hours, so the field was quite marshy and there were points where we had to jump streams. We had a podcast that we downloaded from www.civilwartraveler.com. We did the same for Little Round Top. That night we had dinner at Hoss's near our hotel.

On Sunday, we bought two battlefield CD tours and took them- they were quite informative. We had full afternoon tea at the Apple Blossom Tea Room in downtown Gettysburg. That was an enjoyable experience. For dinner we ate at The Gingerbread Man again.

On Monday we checked out and headed to Hershey, PA. We did the Really Big 3-D Show, the Chocolate World ride and Chocolate The Experience where you take a class on how to taste chocolate. We were given approximately 10 different types of chocolate to taste-it was a really fun experience. We also went to Lititz, PA to the Wilbur Chocolate factory. We arrived in Lancaster around 4:00 and checked into the hotel. We then went to see our friend Ruth and her family. We actually saw her walking on the road and flagged her down. We ate dinner with them- Amish Chicken Roast- a traditional Amish Wedding meal. We also visited her brother Leroy and his family. We did a bit of shopping Monday night before finding the Turkey Hill mother lode at a Turkey Hill Minit Market.

On Tuesday we did more shopping, ate 3 meals at Bird-in-Hand Family restaurant (scrapple, turkey croquet, shoo fly pie, veal, buttered noodles, etc). We went to Nickle Mines with Ruth and bought an Amish hat from her aunt Fannie. We also visited Leroy again and visited her other brother Elmer's family. We went to Kitchen Kettle and bought some jelly and stuff.

Here is the Turkey Hill Tally so far:
Root Beer Duetto
Tasty Kake Peanut Butter Kandy Kake
Denali Moose Tracks
Phillies Graham Slam
Eagles Touchdown Sundae
Gertrude Hawk Box of Chocolates- maybe the best ice cream ever