Pennsylvania

August 29 – September 2, 2016

Monday August 29, 201620160829_100912We left East Stroudsburg, PA, heading to Lancaster, PA.  It is only 114 miles, but took 3 hours due to heavy traffic around Allentown.20160829_102155Passed through Virginville, PA.20160829_142024It is hot in Pennsylvania in August.20160829_142204Beautiful campground in Gordonville, PA, Lancaster County.20160829_142228We stayed at County Acres Campground.  Beautiful farmland all around us.  Site #876, 50 amp, water, sewer, cable (70+ channels), decent WiFi. Nice laundry room, $1.75 wash, $0.50 for 30 minutes of dryer.20160829_142234Sites are decent.  Long enough for the 5th wheel and the truck.20160829_142251Not very level side to side, but not too bad.  Easy to get to, right off US-30. Bird-in-Hand Corporation owns a lot of property and businesses in the Lancaster area.  They own this campground, multiple hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc.20160829_140458Had dinner at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. In my opinion, it is not as good as The Blue Gate in Shipshewana, IN.20160829_140505Very pretty flowers.20160829_181734“If you build it, they will come.”20160829_181740That is some good size corn.

Tuesday August 30, 2016 – York, PA20160830_110437Decided to drive to York to tour the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations manufacturing facility.20160830_110456They build custom order bikes here too.20160830_112730These are the colors for 2017.20160830_112816They manufacture the Touring, Softail, CVO and Trike styles here in York.20160830_112848My favorite.20160830_113215Cliff’s favorite.20160830_113409I like it too. 20160830_113459I had a fun time getting off of that monster.20160830_115947_001We like to check in with new friends from time to time, just to see where everyone is.  Phil and Judy Kerns, full-timers from Oklahoma, just happened to be in Hershey.  They suggested we meet them for a tour.  We made reservations on-line, which we found out later was a very smart idea. The staff told us that most of the time people just show up and the tours are full.  We took the Steel Toe Tour, which was Great!  They don’t allow photos on the tour, so we just got a few in the lobby.  We are very impressed with Harley-Davidson and the commitment to the saying “Made in America”.  Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in the area.  If I could ride a motorcycle, it would definitely be a Harley. 20160830_144808The tour was over 2 hours long.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was British, not that really means anything, but interesting. We headed downtown York for an early dinner.20160830_144841It was recommended that we try the White Rose Bar & Grill.  It was very nice and we got to enjoy our time with Phil and Judy a little longer.  We meet them at the Escapees Rally in Vermont in July.  We just love meeting new full-timers and then finding them along the path again.20160830_163231Interesting public art downtown York.20160830_165614Beautiful bridges on our way home from York, PA.

Wednesday August 31, 201620160831_082626The Amish in Pennsylvania ride bike scouters. Cliff really likes these.20160831_083118Since our campground is owned by Bird-in-Hand, they have a free tour of the Lancaster County countryside.  Since we love tours and it was free, we had to go.  The first stop was a farm that make their own, well everything.  The hot pretzel was probably the best I have had in a very long time.  20160831_083018They had peacocks, donkeys, ponies, wild turkey, horses, chickens, goats and anything else you could think of.20160831_083130Sheep and Goose.20160831_083132The donkeys were so cute.20160831_102644Covered bridges.20160831_102719You can take buggy tours too.  Those are not free.20160831_102944Stunning farms.20160831_114356I posted this one on facebook, so most of you have seen this. Cliff was so excited, he stopped the truck to get his picture.  What can I say??20160831_110727Stoltzfus Meat market was nice and had a very large selection.  We stocked up on things for the freezer.  They did not have any pork burgers, which was disappointing.  They are really good if you can find them.20160831_110828There were shops like this one, Wild Goose Gallery.  We actually bought something here.  I will show you when we get back to Florida. A very nice man works there and sells his bird carvings.  Cool place to wander around.20160831_111800There are several road side shops.20160831_111803Roger and Dawn Brown, sorry this is so blurry, but we wanted you to see the flowers made out of horseshoes.  They were painted all different colors and they were everywhere.20160831_114349The hay is ready to harvest.20160831_112711My wings are not very straight….20160831_112726but Cliff’s are.20160831_121246Cliff found his favorite shirt.20160831_121533and his new Heike stick.

Off to Virginia. Till then, cheers.

 

 

Wells Beach, Maine

August 17 – August 23, 201620160818_093313Wells Beach Resort, right on US-1.  One mile from the beach.20160817_151222Site #216. Site was very level, but a little tight.  They have large boulders at the corners of each site in the front. You can barely see the one behind the truck.20160817_151313Road is narrow, but adequate. It is a pretty park.

Thursday August 18, 201820160818_13494120160818_103154It really feels like a beach town.20160818_151319I first had “Slap Ya Mama” in Apalachicola last fall. First time I have seen it in a store.  I love this stuff.  Wells Beach and this whole community has a very convenient trolley system.  There is a trolley stop at the entrance to the campground. It will take you from Kennebunkport to York, Maine. It cost money, but nice so you don’t have to fight the traffic.20160818_104504We rode it to Ogunquit, then transferred to Perkins Cove.20160818_114255Pedestrian draw bridge.20160818_12003220160818_120206Had to let this sailboat through.20160818_114306Lobstermen coming in with their catch of the day.20160818_114329Very cute village.20160818_120358One building had these cute birdhouses, all different kinds. There is a little bird in the mouth of the cat.

Friday August 19, 201620160819_084543We took the Blue Line trolley north to the Waterhouse Center in Kennebunk.  This is the transfer spot for the Aqua Line to Kennebunkport.  They ice skate here in the winter.20160819_084608We have seen this all over Maine. Can you see the stick above the fire hydrant?  This is how they find them when it snows.  I never thought I would see this.20160819_093453In Kennebunkport, they offer a Intown Trolley, that is a narrated tour of the area.  This cost extra, but you get the narration. And you can get on and off all day.20160819_093502We stopped for coffee at H.B.Provisions while we waited for the Intown Trolley. Very cool place. You can find almost anything in here.20160819_104133Franciscan Monastery, still operating today.20160819_10404020160819_113737They have a Christmas celebration here every year with little candles.  I bet it is beautiful.20160819_104339Mother’s Beach.  There is a place next door with all day children activities.20160819_104933Beautiful homes along the beach road.20160819_104955Most of them are rentals.20160819_10501720160819_110913The private yacht club.20160819_111104The Colony Hotel.  They have a beautiful view of the ocean out back.20160819_11161720160819_111636It was a beautiful day.20160819_111755(0)President George H.W. Bush’s summer cottage.20160819_111856The trolley driver said these are the Secret Service vehicles and when they are here, that means the President and Barbara Bush are probably here too.20160819_112656The Tea Cup House.20160819_112904“Wicked” anything in Maine. Someone told us, there is more ice cream sold in Maine than anywhere else.  I believe that.  You see ice cream places everywhere.20160819_124343And beautiful flowers.20160819_124413Love locks on the bridge.20160819_124431The bridge separates Kennebunk and 20160819_124440Kennebunkport. These signs are on opposite sides of this post.20160819_12531820160819_130505_001Relaxed at Federal Jack’s.  The birthplace of Shipyard Brewery.20160819_130638Nice view.20160819_131944Love the flower pots that look like boats.

Saturday August 20, 201620160820_085912We decided to drive along the coast after breakfast at Horizon Restaurant.20160820_090926We saw some beautiful houses.

Sunday August 21, 201620160821_074355We decided to head to Boston.20160821_074418It doesn’t look tall enough for our truck.20160821_074425We made it to New Hampshire.20160821_07595220160821_091111We parked at the Museum of Science to catch a Duck Boat Tour.  I think if we ever made it back here we would do the tour that lets you off and on.  I don’t think we got to see enough.20160821_094331And we decided they need to have adult only tours as an option.  There were so many little kids on the tour, it was hard to hear the driver and they kept kicking the back of our seat. I can really tell that I am getting OLD.20160821_095026Beautiful architecture.20160821_095052~2Saw the front of Cheers where they filmed the show, but did not get to go in. They only filmed the exterior for the show.  The show was not filmed inside this bar, it was named the Bull & Finch Pub. Per their website, they have changed the name to “Cheers on Beacon Hill”. The TV show premiered in 1982.20160821_095102I love the architecture.20160821_09533020160821_09534520160821_095349The churches are amazing!20160821_09563120160821_09573920160821_09575220160821_095806This was in Common Square.20160821_100358The John Hancock Tower is Wicked Tall, not to be confused with the John Hancock Center in Chicago.20160821_100548This is the last legal mailing address for John F. Kennedy.  Apparently, you can not use 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as your mailing address when you are President.  20160821_102323And into the River we go.20160821_10253520160821_102548On the other side of the bridge is the Museum of Science.20160821_103409There are symbols of Viking ships on the columns, even though there is no record of Vikings ever being in Boston.(So the tour guide said)20160821_103522They have a large sailing school here for children.20160821_120743This was the old prison.20160821_120956It is now The Liberty Hotel.  We definitely did not have enough time in Boston.  I could come back and spend several days.  So much to see and learn.20160821_075622On the way to and from Boston, you drive through New Hampshire and they have a State owned Liquor Store that is very popular.20160821_133828It has it’s own exit off the interstate.  It is huge.  Large bottle of Jack Daniel’s $34.99. Great price.  We got off the interstate at Kittery to check out the outlet shopping, but it was as busy at the outlet shopping in Lake George, so we drove on through and stayed on US-1 to York.20160821_142033We got to Nubble Lighthouse and this is as close as we could get.  It had already been a long day in Boston and we just did not feel like fighting the crowd to get closer.20160821_142432The drive along the coast was beautiful.20160821_142547We really liked York and would come back.20160821_14261220160821_142802The beaches were crowded.20160821_14383820160821_154425Got back to Wells and went to Maine Diner. Not bad. I am not sure it lives up to it’s hype.20160821_154359We did not have any, but a lot of people did.20160821_154621We spent the next couple of days planning our next leg of the trip.  We are heading to Mystic, CT.