We first visited the Julius Sturgis Pretzel factory in Litiz, PA. We got to make our own little pretzels (of of play dough) and learned why the pretzels are twisted: to remind the kids to say their prayers. Macy did very well twisting her pretzel and was very proud of it. That's her "I'm so proud of myself" smile.
Next we had a very pleasant lunch at Tomato Pie cafe. We ate outside on the patio and the food was all very delicious. Even all four kids did amazing. We all decided we would eat there again.
Next it was off to the Strasburg Railroad in Strausburg, PA. There's an old fashioned train to ride past some Amish farms. It was very pretty and the kids loved it of course. Macy's only complaint was that it didn't go fast enough.
Of course there was a Thomas ride on ride that Macy liked to play in.
|I love Macy's smile.|
|This would have been a cute picture if it weren't for Macy scratching her bum.|
|How iconic is this?|
After the bridges we drove a short distance to an Amish restaurant. It's run my Amish (or Mennonite, I'm not sure) and they serve real Amish food. It was very good and tastes just like food you would make at home. They had the best idea and put a playground with a big grass field outside the restaurant so the kids could play while we waited for food. Once again all four kids were very well behaved. Anna slept the whole time, hardly noticed she was there.
This silly girl is our old lady Macy. She put the blanket over her legs and her beloved blankie behind her head. She enjoyed a snack of apples on our way to dinner.
Day trips like this are so much fun. It's great living close to places that have plenty of attractions and beautiful scenery. There was a lot more to see in Lancaster County that we didn't have time for so I'd really like to go back. It's only 2 1/2 hours away and we didn't leave the house until 9 a.m. so the trip is very doable. This trip also enlightened me on the Amish and Mennonite people so I checked out a few books about them from the library so I could learn more.