304: Sunday signagePosted: July 24, 2011
This week’s sign was seen on a store in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The store is called The Outhouse. They sell a lot of joke items as well as knickknacks and an assortment of other things you probably don’t need.
Since I was already sorting through the photos from our last trip to Lancaster, I thought I’d bring you a few more. The Amish boy pictured above was running alongside a major road (U.S. Route 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway). We were stopped in traffic on said road when I did my best to catch him with my camera.
Among the things that bring people to my blog via search engines is Amish laundry. I try to update this once in a great while with some new Amish laundry photographs, but they are not always easy to come by. Most of the time I spot it while riding along in the car and it often isn’t convenient to stop.
Because the summer months are prime tourist season in Lancaster County (lots of people want to see the Amish), it’s difficult to get a shot of an authentic, driven by an Amish person, horse and buggy. Most of the horse and buggies we saw on this particular day were the tourist type, designed to carry tourists around on (what else?) a tour of Amish country.
The trouble is that by the time you figure out it’s a tourist buggy and not an authentic Amish buggy, it’s too late. I have taken more than my fair share of photos of tourist buggies.
You will see a lot of these throughout Lancaster County, mostly operating on the honor system. In other words, no one is there to take your money or to make sure you pay the correct amount (or pay at all, for that matter).
There is usually a box or a jar for you to insert your money into. Not only are you being trusted to pay, you are also being trusted not to steal the box or jar of money.
Isn’t he cute? He reminds me a little of Jiminy Cricket. He’s not specifically a Lancaster County cricket. I just happened to find him there.
Here is The Red Caboose Motel in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, a town that is also home to my favorite miniature golf course, The Village Greens and some of the best ice cream in the county, found at The Strasburg Creamery.
That’s it for the quick tour of a very small part of Lancaster County. As for today’s outdoor adventures, if all is going as planned I am out on the deck with friends having fish tacos and a beer (or possibly a margarita if anyone thought to bring limes).