Lancaster PA Road Trip – 6 of 14

Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster PA road trip part 6 and picking up where we left off last.

From here we were back on the road again (thanks to Norma pointing us in the right direction) and heading toward Williamsport, PA.  There we took some time to tour the community and drive along the Susquehanna Riverwalk.  Then it was off to settle in for the night at Splash Mountain Campground  in North Cumberland, PA.  It was an interesting little campground undergoing a lot of construction in preparation for the summer travelers.  The owner noted being delighted that it was nearly full of workers employed by all the gas and oil companies sprouting up in Pennsylvania because of the booming oil trade and fracking policies.  The campground had all the creature comforts we needed so we settled in after a wonderful day of discovery.

Waking refreshed and enjoying a couple cups of coffee it was off to find a quick bite to eat and check out the sights and sounds of the area.  We were only a couple hours at best from Lancaster and were in no hurry other than to enjoy ourselves.

We left the campground around 9 a.m. and took our time meandering along country road after country road to Shikellamy State Park in Selinsgrove, PA.  This place was awesome. The Overlook sits on a cliff 360 feet high giving spectacular views of the Susquehanna River and the surrounding area below where the North and West branches of the Susquehanna River converge.  After leaving here we discovered the Keefer Station Covered Bridge a little further along in the town of Sunbury, Pennsylvania.  It was one of 8 covered bridges we would discover on our journey.  While in Sunbury we had a wonderful picnic lunch while sitting in the town square as the sun shone and the village was busy with its routines.

Don’t forget that if you click on any of these images you’ll be able to see their beauty in full screen mode as a slide show. When you are done viewing it just click on the “x” in the upper right hand corner to return to the post.

What a full day it had been and exhausted we figured it was time to settle in and Flory’s Campground in Ronks, PA was the place.  It was a small mom and pop operation and the owners were so friendly and the place had everything and anything we needed or wanted.  It was funny because we only booked for 2 nights because we weren’t sure if we would change campgrounds but the 2 nights turned into 8.

Well this is it for today.  If you by chance didn’t see a part please click on one of the links below and be whisked directly there,

We sure hope you come back and see more on our journey around Lancaster, PA.

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  1. TheresaBarker

    That Emma! She’s a go-getter! What lovely gorgeous views you have in your stills. So interesting that PA still has the oil trade so much. I had thought they would be all out by now. You’ve made me curious – before retiring, what fields were you in? 🙂

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Isn’t Emma girl the sweetest. She loves people and traveling. Everyone we meet she thinks they are there to pet her, lol. We were surprised also of their involvement in the oil industry. They were our neighbors to the south and kept it secret. Tom did 39 years in social work, 29 of which in prison management. I was in government contracts before going back to school again for photography. The first part of our life I guess was doing what we had too and now its doing what we want too, lol.

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      • TheresaBarker

        Oh! Audrey! Same here! I was in high tech management for some years before having my family and starting to write. Tom’s 29 years in prison management must have been tough. And, now I know where your photographic and video expertise came from! – Though you have the artists’ eye. 🙂

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Isn’t it something how our jobs can effect us if we let them. Finding that balance is so important and knowing what is important is the key. Our priorities I guess come down to God, family and then everything else seems to fall in place.

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  2. Writing to Freedom

    Wonderful photos Tom. I’m glad your adventures are continuing. I vaguely remember Lancaster from visiting as a child growing up in DC. Lots of beautiful country along the Appalachian mountains and valleys.

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      • Writing to Freedom

        I didn’t appreciate DC until I moved away! Now when I visit family, I cherish the museums, monuments, lush landscape and Great Falls Park. I hope you get to enjoy some of the treats.

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Isn’t it most often the case that its when we look back we see with a new appreciation, lol. We wonder if this is where your gift of writing began?

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  3. Ann McDunn

    Again a very nice blog to read, and ofcorse the video with Emma and the frisbee, never forget this to take it with you 😉 it is every time a surprise to read names I was in Great Britain, but than a lot bigger. Staying somwhere 8 nights instead of 2 nights gives on that it was a wonderful time.

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  4. Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

    Beautiful photos of beautiful surrounds – loved seeing the van too. Looking forward to your van tour 🙂 – I’m SO curious to see how you make this work for as long as you stay out together!

    Chuckled watching Emma play frisbee. Tink’ s version is more like chase & retrieve, since he doesn’t seem able to catch it mid-air, but he loves it none-the-less.

    Enjoy your Sat. nite and Mother’s Day. Tink and I are heading out to the Cheers bar for a bit tonite – and tomorrow the daughter of a colleague and good friend managed to score tickets to Cirque du Soliel. I have never seen them live, and I am sooooo excited!
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Thank you Madelyn. Another great suggestion we’ll be incorporating of the van tour. Its amazing how it all fits inside it, lol. That Frisbee is Emma’s pride and joy. She would play for hours if we let her. It would be funny seeing her and Tink playing with it. Looking forward to hearing about your night out at Cheers and the live show of Cirque du Soliel. We have seen excerpts of their performances and wow they look so stimulating. You gotta share what it was like.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        lol – Tink wears out when it’s too hot – and gets stuck in the snow when it’s cold – so here in Cincinnati he doesn’t seem interested in playing for hours except when the weather is perfect. He lets me know by bringing it back and lying down on it – which is very funny to me – rather than dropping it and jumping up, ready to rock and roll.

        Cirque du Soliel was on my bucket list – I had never seen them live. They were amazing! Stunning, actually.

        I was disgusted with audience behavior, however — RUDE to the point of being totally disrespectful – to the rest of the audience of course, but particularly to the LIVE performers. Arriving late (not just a little — like 30-45 minutes late, then late returning from intermission) – getting up in the middle to go to the snack bar (and tromping back through with food) — and leaving early – not even staying for the [curtainless] curtain call.

        They behaved as if they were at a ballgame. ‘Sup with that?

        Does it not even occur to them that they are a *huge* distraction to the rest of us who paid $70 a seat and didn’t want them blocking our view of the performance as they made their way in the relative dark?

        In the south, folks like that were referred to as trailer-trash. I don’t like the term, but if ever it applied, these were the folks who deserved the label.

        I don’t know how it happened that people who can afford $70 tickets never learned how to behave themselves in public, but it was practically a steady stream, and I almost blew my top a couple of times – especially when they blocked my view of the stage because THEY wanted to leave before the rest of the crowd.

        When I taught theatre to college undergrads, part of their curriculum was based on attending the shows put on by the Resident Acting Company (of which I was part). Their classes were longer and the shows were edited to fit into that time frame, so they were required to see ALL of them. Admission was free during those time slots – and the members of the company visited each other’s classes to field questions etc. A super opportunity for them as students and audience members.

        BELIEVE ME, my guys knew how to behave at a performance – and understood that anybody who arrived late or left early might as well drop the course because that was an automatic F. Period.

        I’m stunned that the venue facilitated it, actually – and they deserve a great deal of the blame for not educating their audience by how they set their policies. Why was the snack bar even OPEN once the show started – until intermission, anyway?

        In NYC, if you’re late you aren’t allowed to continue to your seat until a scene or act break (i.e., intermission) – the ushers make you stand at the back or leave.

        Depending on the lighting and/or show, sometimes you were not even allowed inside the theatre at all until an act break!

        So truly, I was appalled at the behavior of this particular Cincinnati audience. And they seemed to have NO idea what a standing ovation was — because if any show deserved one, this show did. Only a few people stood (and not just to see over the folks who were leaving early).

        ‘Sup up, Cincinnati? You’re a big enough city that this kind of behavior is inexcusable!

        Sorry – had to dump a rant here.
        xx,
        mgh

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      • usathroughoureyes

        Isn’t it fun watching the personalities of our pets. They say “kids do the darnest things” but we believe it can equally be said about our 4 footers too. We certainly hear what you are saying about crowd behavior. We were raised from an early age to respect the performers (because they have earned it) and the people attending the performance. We agree that the venue should have closed the vending area until intermission and no food allowed inside the performance. Most special events do that unless its a sporting event or rock concert. A standing ovation is a sign of respect for the hard work the performers put in for the next to little financial compensation they receive. We enjoyed the book “The Crowd” by Le Bon which speaks well on this topic. The great end to this is you were able to see an incredible performance by talented performers.

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC

        Thanks for this response. Commenting via the drop down notification box I thought I was posting the rant to my own site until I hit send, so please accept my apologies for taking your lovely post off-topic with such angry and unpleasant thoughts.

        It truly WAS an incredible performance – and it was on my bucket list to see Cirque live, so I was positively thrilled to be there, despite the audience misbehavior.

        The name of this particular show was OVO, and there are a few videos with footage of sections of it on YouTube. I also found a documentary of the Cirque audition process that was fascinating.

        I haven’t read “The Crowd” but I am putting it on my TBR list – thanks for the recommendation.

        Tink’s behavior makes me laugh every single day – sometimes I wonder if he equates laughter with approval or love. I’ll bet Emma does too.
        xx,
        mgh

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  5. Mary Raymond

    I love your blogs! I may not get to some of the same places but your writing helps me appreciate all the beauty and great people that are out there. Thanks for sharing your experiences and enriching my life.

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    • usathroughoureyes

      Mary, this is so wonderful to read. Thank you for encouraging us. We are learning so much from our little road trip adventures and talking with the people and listening to them. We are the ones being blessed by the adventures and then when we receive such kind words as yours we want to go do it again. We can’t wait to read what campgrounds are in Vermont as we prepare for our journey there.

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