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Monroe County

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  • Day9

    From Caboose to Kabin

    July 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We start today with the Amish tour ride we had planned for yesterday. It was a nice leisurely 30 minute ride in a horse drawn buggy. The tour guide was a young man raised in an Amish family but later in life abandoned the restrictive lifestyle to venture out on his own. He gave us lots of interesting insights into the Amish way of life.

    For example, the only type of phones permitted are landlines and they are not placed in the home. They are located in small buildings, resembling outhouses, placed a distance away from the home. They are not to be used for socializing. The Amish value family connectedness and will not adopt technologies that they believe take away from that. If you want to speak to a friend or family member you do it face to face.

    I had noticed the use of scooter bicycles. They have no pedals. I asked about that. The guide told us that the Amish don’t want their young people to be able to go too far too fast, possibly allowing them easy access to towns nearby. The idea is to keep them closely connected to their families and community and away from the influences of modern society.

    A full family summer vacation wouldn’t be complete without a bit of camping! Forgot to bring the rent so we’re doing a couple nights of glamping in a KOA Kabin instead. We’re at the Delaware Gap KOA in Pennsylvania, close to the New Jersey border and the Delaware Gap National Recreational Area. It’s a beautiful, Holiday category KOA, meaning it has enough to offer that families can come here and spend their entire vacations without having to leave the campground. For us, it has a nice pool, which we plan to use tomorrow afternoon and ping pong tables so we can have a family tournament.

    On the drive here we made just two stops. The first at The Pagoda in Reading, PA. A curious building perched on a high location above the town. It was built hundreds of years ago and intended as a luxury hotel. This apparently did not work out, but it is now used as a tourist destination as well as for weddings and other functions.

    Our second stop was going to be to the Martin Guitar Factory but it is closed on Sundays. So, instead we stopped for food at a supermarket and continued on to our destination.

    I’ve been struggling with what seems like a slight flu today and yesterday. I’m hopeful it’s the 24 hour sort and that I will feel better tomorrow. Actually, it already is tomorrow, and the good news is that I am feeling better!
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  • Day10

    The Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania

    July 9, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Laura and I were the first up, as usual this morning. We walked down to the KOA store to grab a coffee and go online to check our emails, play a bit of Scrabble ... . For breakfast we each ate what we had purchased yesterday at the local supermarket and had stored in our styrofoam cooler.

    First up on the day’s agenda was a hike to the "100 Feet of Awesomeness", officially known as Bushkill Falls. On arrival at the parking lot I was not surprised to see a large number of vehicles and people meandering about. After all, this destination was being promoted as the Niagara Falls of Pennsylvania!

    In order to enter the well developed trail system leading to the falls and a number of viewpoints along the way, you had to buy tickets. It cost our family close to $100 Canadian! It would have been more save for the fact that I was able, for the first time in my life, claim a seniors discount which is awarded to anyone over 62. We decided to go for the hike and see these falls. There were three different routes to follow. We decided on the Yellow route, a 45 minute hike.

    We proceeded to follow the graded and fenced path through the woods. We soon reached the first viewpoint. The falls were much like Bridal Falls near Chilliwack. Very beautiful, but not quite Niagara! We then followed a set of steps leading to the base of the falls, across the creek and up another set of steps to the top of the embankment. From there it was an easy stroll back to our starting point. Including stops for photos, it took about 40 minutes. All very nice, but having seen many other falls in our home province and elsewhere, it was a bit of a let down.

    From Bushkill Falls we drove the 10 Kms back to the small town near the campground to pick up a few things for lunch. The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying the heat and sunshine poolside.

    For dinner, we started at a nearby restaurant, recommended by KOA staff. It was very pricey so we left shortly after receiving our glasses of water and found a much more affordable place called Perkin's. It has the longest menu I've ever seen in a restaurant. All our meals were healthy and tasty.

    To end the day, we all played a round of mini golf and some ping pong back at the campground. There's nothing like a KOA to spend quality time together with your family.
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  • Day1

    Welcome to Pennsylvania!

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    We're in Pennsylvania! This is the third state that we've been in today. The drive through Pennsylvania is long but at least the scenery is more interesting than New Jersey. In Pennsylvania we've got mountains, a lot of fog, and plenty of trees. I like to visit Pennsylvania. There's so much to see and do here. We really need to make a trip back here sometime.Read more

  • Day1

    Breakfast Stop

    January 21, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 3 °C

    I just finished the first leg of my trip up north to get Veronica from her school in Geneseo. Right now, I'm in the Poconos, in McDonald's, having breakfast.
    Rather than just going to pick Veronica up and come straight home, I'm going to go a bit further north and see Niagara Falls. The Falls are always a great place to visit and, since Veronica is leaving Geneseo to transfer SUNY Farmingdale, I'm not sure when I'll have a chance to visit Niagara Falls again.
    It's been a very good drive so far, with no traffic at all. The weather here is so foggy though. I think the Poconos are always like that though. Hopefully, once I get out of the mountains, the weather will become clearer.
    Breakfast is done, and I'm ready to hit the trail again. I was a bit hesitant to eat at this McDonald's since it didn't get very good reviews on Yelp but it was actually fine. The food was typical McDonald's, the place was clean, and the service was both quick and polite. What's not to like?
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  • Day1

    Breakfast Stop

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    We stopped for breakfast at Perkins in Mount Pocono. Strangely enough, right across the street from Perkins was the McDonald's where I had breakfast when I drove up to Niagara Falls. I guess Mount Pocono is a popular destination for breakfast. I'm glad that we've stopped though. I'm starving! It's really good to stretch my legs for a bit too.Read more

  • Day1

    Breakfast is Served

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    We've been to Perkins several times already but never for breakfast. We had nothing to worry about though, their food was great! One nice option that Kathy liked was being able to get tater tots as her potato choice rather than hash browns, home fries or french fries. They were nice and crispy too, exactly how she likes them. We'd definitely come back to Perkins for breakfast again!Read more

  • Day1

    Breakfast With My Honey

    September 2, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    My breakfast was also very tasty. I got scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, and the biscuits with sausage gravy. I love having the biscuits and gravy but it's, sadly, a vacation meal for me because it's almost unheard of in New York City. I wish that at least a few restaurants back home served that but I haven't found any yet. Hopefully, one day, this great dish will catch on.Read more

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