Thursday (May 29th) we went to Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey, PA. It was a good day trip without being too tiring. Visited Chocolate World and the Museum but opted out of the theme park. We became well versed in Milton S. Hershey's legacy to the world and the history of Hershey (the town and the chocolate). If you visit you must buy chocolate - the chocolate smell is wafted everywhere, vending machines are outside, chocolate and everything resembling chocolate is inside... Jerri found a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when KitKat came around. The photo says it all.
Friday (May 30th) rode out to September Farm, a dairy farm that makes and sells their own artisan cheeses. Definitely need a GPS to find with so many turns. The cheese is very tasty and melts well. The cheese curds make a salty snack with crackers and fruit. We rode to the Green Dragon Market which is like a huge weekly indoor/outdoor flea market where you can find almost anything (except a parking place). We finally found the perfect tag for the 'Whoo Hoo Wonder Bus.' A fitting memorial to the lost but not forgotten 'Beach Bum' flag.
We ate lunch at the Revere Tavern in Paradise, PA which was previously owned by James Buchanan, the 15th President of the US. We found out his sister was married to Stephen Foster (the famous songwriter, i.e. My Old Kentucky Home, Oh Susannah).
Beacon Hill Drive (where the campground is located) is like an Amish freeway. Every day buggies and carriages travel up and down going to town. The people we see are friendly and usually wave back or say 'hello' or 'good morning' if you speak first. They do not make eye contact. Yesterday three Amish children pulling a red wagon came to our campsite selling homemade bread, strawberry and rhubarb jam, fresh asparagus and horseshoes. We bought a jar of jam.
Today (May 31st) we drove a couple of miles up the road to Centreville Bulk Foods. The small store has no electricity and is lit by propane lanterns at the end of each aisle. They accept cash. We rode on up the road to a Giant supermarket which designated a special place for buggies to be harnessed while shopping. All of this has done nothing to dampen our curiosity about the Amish.
We are loving our adventures in discovering America!