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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I Smell Chocolate ~ YUM!

We arrived at Lebanon, Pennsylvania (Hershey) and checked into Hershey Thousand Trails Park on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised to find what I consider to be one of the nicest Thousand Trail Parks around.  We have been to a lot of them across the USA and by far this one rates very high... see my review on the park by clicking the park name above.  Saturday & Sunday was pretty nice weather ~ however Sunday night it started to rain and did so for a little over 2 days.  That was OK since we've been busy sightseeing and the rest was very much appreciated ~ plus Ralph had caught a cold and needed the rest which helped!  Sunday we were surprised by a visit from one of my Facebook friends Nancy Savage ~ Nancy & her husband Neil are just beginning their Full Time Adventures and you can go visit their new blog at  Rock & Roll With Us ~ please go over and welcome them to our community. We will be getting together to go to lunch hopefully one day while we are here.
Fried Chicken, Ribs, Lima Beans, Creamed Onions,
Cheese poppers, Some twice fried fries and Pepper rolls.
Our first day out had us riding through PA Dutch Country ~ seeing all the Amish Farms and Horse & buggies were a thrill for us.  It is definitely a whole different world.  We also wanted to go eat at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.  Our friends in Gettysburg, Linda & Roger, had told us how wonderful it was.  Well it more then exceeded our expectations... for around $20 dollars we had one of the biggest buffet we have ever seen and not to mention the drink was included.  It was packed and you could surely see why.  Over 200 items on the buffet including 4 specialty grill areas where they had beef, ham, burgers, stir fry, spaetzle, sauerkraut & sausage and so much more.

I didn't even get a photo of them.
I can not even begin to tell you about the dessert bar ~ it was loaded with everything including Whoopie Pies and a make your own Sundae bar... I mean really they even had one of my favorites Apple Dumplings... If you love food and are in this area make sure you come to Shady Maple ~ it is outstanding...
There is a huge crowd there but it goes very smoothly and we didn't wait for anything after we got seated ~ which took about 15 minutes.
This is just a small sampling of the buffet
 PA Dutch Country♥ What a beautiful place to be ~ with all the uhmmmm strange name towns...which are all very real names and we went to many of them today.  One of my very favorite things was seeing the horse & buggy's driving down the road.  Of course I had to take photos of all the firehouses with the names on it for my son-in-law.  The Amish really live a simple & different life from the rest of us and as I observed them I wondered how it would be to live and work without electric and many of the modern conveniences we take for granted today.  Children who have no TV or video games look incredibly happy as they play outside and enjoy old fashion toys... somehow I think that may be a good thing. They are not subjected to the violence, swearing and just lousy programing on today's TV. They are just Innocent children.

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Donna! Oh, yummy! I'll take some chocolate please. :)
What a time you must be having.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue and Doug said...

the food at the buffet looks amazing!..the simple life of the Amish is most intriguing!..I too agree life without video games, and tv can be a good thing!

Jerry and Suzy said...

I think we'll have to stay away from the buffet, but the rest sounds wonderful. As far as children being subjected to all that stuff on TV, we must remember the TV set has an OFF button that ought to be frequently used.

Kevin Read said...

Love the last picture. There is a lot of Amish people in Upper New York state. Whenever we drove to Watertown to see our son Alex when he was in school there we would always see the horses and buggies out. They even had a hitching post at Walmart.

Kevin and Ruth

Bob and Jo said...

Amish food is so good

Elaine said...

We could almost smell the chocolate when we were driving down the road in that area...you two are some kinda busy..but sounds like a good busy..can't wait to see you!!!

Karen and Al said...

You're making me hungry!

I agree, children playing outside is a good thing!


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