Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster PA road trip part 2 and picking up where we left off last.
Our second planning stage was what do we want to discover? Now PA is a big state so now we needed to hone in on a city and or town. As our search continued one stood out that tad of uniqueness we were looking for which was Lancaster. This was because it was home to a very large population of Amish, second only to North East Ohio.
If you are not familiar with the Amish that’s okay, we weren’t either until this adventure. They arrived in America 300 years ago and settled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where today it is home to around 30,000 hardworking Amish families whose lives revolve around their church, families and land. Wow, what a great and novel value system to revolve around. The Amish hold fast to their Christian belief of the Bible with a strong desire to reject many worldly creature comforts they feel distract from fully focusing on an intimate, personal relationship with God. Their desire stands out from many religious denominations that accept and build their relationship with God around ever-increasing creature comforts of automobiles, cell phones, computers, internet, etc., etc. Now here one, including us, could easily say, how does choosing to avoid all those things which make life easier create a closer relationship with God? Well, the operative word is choosing. In general, they choose to believe this and when you look at the fact it doesn’t break any legal statutes or harm anyone don’t they have this right? It was truly interesting trying to look at them from their perspective rather than ours. Hmmm and here we thought our ways were the only ways, lol! I guess this is one of the many great freedoms we have (or do we) to think differently and not be threatened or beaten because of this difference.
Pennsylvania also is home to 197 covered bridges . We didn’t know nearly 14,000 authentic wooden covered bridges once existed in our Nation and today less than 900 remain. Time and technology took its toll on the bridges until recent years when Federal grants came available for states to restore and rebuild many of the historic structures. Many of covered bridges are being destroyed by Mother Nature and at the hands of arsonist plus those that were on the verge of collapse. Â Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Vermont have a combined total of over 550 authentic covered bridges with Pennsylvania leading with over 197. Many of the covered bridges still standing are over 150 years old.
The Susquehanna River is very well known because it is a waterway located in the northeastern United States and is 464 miles long and the longest river on the American east coast that drains into the Atlantic Ocean. For our friends following us throughout the world equivalent rivers in those regions would be the Mahanadi in India, Seine in France, Warta in Poland, and Meuse in the Netherlands, twice the length of the Severn in the UK, Rupert River in Canada, Murray River in Australia and the Nossob in South Africa. Like all major rivers, they are major sources of recreation, transportation, food, etc., as well as stories for writers and poets.
Here is a video of some of the highlights from our journey through the Lancaster, Pennsylvania region.
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Well this is it for today. We hope to see you back again where we’ll pick back up where we left off.