If you’re looking for a place to hide out for a few weeks while seeing doctors and physical therapists, I have to admit you could do way worse than Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It’s a quiet place at first glance, and if you stick to the highways, you might not give it a second glance on your way to Philly or Pittsburgh or somewhere else. This post may convince you to stop over and stay a while.
The city itself is a mix of old and new, with architecture and eccentricity creating visual delights like this section of a downtown street.
There’s an old cemetery a few blocks away where patriots from the War of Independence are buried, graves carefully marked and maintained. Lancaster is a place that values its history.
When you venture out of the city a few miles, it’s all farmland, so lush and green that it’s like driving through a painting.
This is Amish country, so on any country road, you may meet a horse and buggy. You give them wide berth and pass when you can.
The horse-and-buggy traffic is so ubiquitous that Costco even has a covered shed where they can park while shopping! Even the Amish shop at Costco.
Speaking of covered things, there are a couple of covered bridges here, just to round out the whole experience. With a weight limit of 3 tons, I’d have to leave Breeze behind (my whole rig weighs in at 7,000 pounds). Lucky for me, my friend Larry was driving us around in his car. (The cover photo at the top of this post is actually the inside of the covered bridge.)
There are more tourist things to see in Intercourse. Yes, that is the name of the town. As a bonus, I caught a buggy in the shot of the town sign. There is a beautiful quilt store here, way out of my price range, but I loved looking. Across the street is one of the best quilting supply stores I’ve ever seen, and it made me want to get back to quilting (if only my left hand agreed with that crazy idea).
Farms, silos, corn, and tobacco: I’m surrounded by these things at my campground this week and I don’t mind it one bit.
I’ve spent a few weeks here, and it’s on my list for more in future. Consider putting it on your bucket list, too.
Be life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.