We took off on Thursday night for a day trip to Amish country in Lancaster, PA. We stayed at the Hotel Brunswick. It was an OK place to stay, but Lancaster City itself is a little bit of a bummmer. It was run down, kinda reminded me of the U street area of DC a few years ago. We went siteseeing in the Lancaster area, visited a farmer's Market in Bird In Hand that turned out to be a tourist trap. Interesting town names in Lancaster County PA. Bird in Hand, Virginville and of course, Intercourse (which, as I said, we never made it to). It seems that all of the horse drawn buggies we saw were carting tourists around. We saw an Amish gent, riding down the road on a scooter, not quite a Razor, but not a buggy either. One sign of hope, though! As we were driving, we saw vegetable stand set up in someone's front yard on the honor system. The table was unattended, there was a note that asked to take what you want, and put the money in a jar on the table. Robi just about cleaned 'em out of what turned out to be scrumtious tomatoes, leaving the requested payment in the jar. In this area, the jar would have been stolen, along with the tomatoes, which would have ended smashed against someone's house.
At the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia PA, we saw the Engel clock, a 1200 pound device that was a glory of animated biblical and historical figures. There was an extensive collection of 18th & 19th Century pocket watches, I tried to concentrate on the ones from 1770-1820. NOTE: The museum did not allow flash photography, so I had to use the 400 Setting on the camera.