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Amish country

5th October

The following morning we set off to tour through the Ohio chapter of the Amish community. There are two main areas where the Amish communities settled early in their history. One of those areas is the Lancaster area which is SW of New York city. This area, because of its proximity to NY., has been commercialized over the years. It sees big numbers of tourist buses out of NY, so we decided to head SW from Niagra Falls into Ohio.

The day was about 18-20 deg. With the sun shining so it was quite pleasant driving through the green rolling hills admiring the views. We had to drive carefully so as not to come over a hill and straight into the back of a horse and cart that the Amish use for transportation. We passed a teenage boy cutting the corn using a horse drawn slasher, local schools with the children dressed in their Amish attire and mums and dads doing their daily business. We visited the towns of Sugarcreek, Berlin, Millersburg and Charm. (Which was a bit out of the way and definately had the largest number of Amish out and about). That afternoon we made our way across to the town of Washington Pensylvania where we bunked down for the night.

6th October.
We originally wanted to make Gettysburg today, however the town was booked out and being a Sat. Night we had to book into a town called Harrisburg Pensylvania. Harrisburg is the capital of Pensylvania and like Canberra not a great deal to do there (R's perspective). So after arriving there around two o'clock and doing a quick drive around we decided to park the car by the river and go for a walk in the Autumn sunshine. As we were walking around we came across the home ground of the Harrisburg Senators, the local baseball team. There was a crowd gathering so we decided to investigate and found that they were holding college scholarship trials for the states highschool hopefuls, it was by invitation only. With nothing better to do, we found a seat in the sun and watched a trial match amongst the talent scouts from universities all over the country. It was great to just chill out and watch these guys who were in either year 11 and 12

Posted by naudi's 17:41 Archived in USA

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