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October 08, 2018



JULY 30 - AUGUST 3, 2018


“There’s no place quite like it.” So, began the itinerary prepared by Joann Miller to entice us to join her on the visit to Intercourse, Pennsylvania, and the other sites of Lancaster County. 

Many of us took advantage of traveling to Pennsylvania and visited other sites before settling into camp at Beacon Hill Campground in Intercourse. Frank & Karen spent time exploring history at Gettysburg. John & Linda and Chris & Becky stopped off for a moving visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville.

Joe Loris took temporary charge of the group and got us all checked in to camp Monday night. Beacon Hill was truly built on a hill. Four of our units were camped on the upper level and the rest of us were on the lower level. We gathered for a light potluck in the pavilion on the upper level of the campground. 

Tuesday morning, we were on our own to explore the town of Intercourse including the Kitchen Kettle Village with over 40 shops and restaurants. We returned to camp in time to caravan to a pick-up point for an Amish countryside bus tour. We were split into 2 groups riding on small buses down narrow country roads where we stopped at an Amish bakery and a dairy farm. The drivers/tour guides were very knowledgeable on the Amish and the farms. We learned many differences between the Ohio and Pennsylvania Amish. Besides the PA buggies being gray instead of black, several of the farms raise camels and sell the milk online for $129 - $144 per gallon!

After the tour, we had dinner at the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord. Definitely something for everyone.

Wednesday was a day to tour on our own through the local towns of Blueball, Paradise, Mount Joy, Lititz and Bird in Hand. Some could take the drive to Hershey and check out the chocolate, though recent heavy rain caused much flooding in that area. The sewers among us found the quilt shops while others sought out the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. Wherever we went during the day, we gathered at the Good ’N Plenty Restaurant in Ronk for dinner together.

Back at camp, we kept the MOW tradition alive by gathering around the campfire and telling stories. Beacon Hill made this easy for us as they had a gas fire pit for us to use. We did get rained out one night and had to move to the pavilion.

We caravanned to the Sturgis Pretzel Factory in Lititz on Thursday morning. This was the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. We learned how to tie pretzels and saw a demonstration on how they were originally baked. 

While checking out the Lititz Historical Museum, the tour guide for the attached home offered to give us all a free tour of the Moravian Church across the square. The town had a rich history tied to the church and the adjoined schools. We checked out the many shops and restaurants on our way to the Wilbur Chocolate Store. We stayed there longer than we planned as the heavens opened up and we had to wait for the rain stop.

Hugs and goodbyes were exchanged Thursday night as Friday morning was departure day. Some were taking two days to travel but most were ready to get home and were driving straight through.

Thanks Joann (and Bob) for organizing this great trip. We can’t wait to see what comes next!

Happy Trails, Chris & Becky Harlan