We enjoyed a free night at the Comfort Inn in Mt. Pocono. The pool and hot tub were enjoyable, and we were ready to leave after our free breakfast (I call it free, but we earned points over a few years!)
Leaving the foggy mountain area, the first mistake we made was entering the Pennsylvania Turnpike at an E-ZPass only entrance. Suffice it to say that I worked for the next week on the phone and the internet before getting it settled!
Our first stop was at Heintzelman’s Meat Market in Leighton, Pennsylvania. Denis was looking for scrapple, and they make their own. We were given lots of samples, and came out with fresh local brown eggs, Lebanon Bologna (pronounced “Leb’-non ba-lo-na” per friends we met from that area), which is so tasty (kind of a bit like salami, but sweet and oh so good!), scrapple (of course), their own bologna ring, and fabulous Smoked Cooper Muenster cheese. Ready to pull out a $30 bill, we were so surprised we got it all for just over $8!
After sampling shoofly pie and chicken corn soup, found a nice RV park and enjoyed a quiet evening before heading out to explore the Pennsylvania Dutch country and took a Farm Tour.
38,000 Amish in the area, so saw plenty of buggies, and teams or horses working in the fields. On the farm tour, we stopped at a store, where I got a doll and homemade root beer.
We went to a beautiful farm and got ice cream. Best and creamiest ever – from Jerseys.
We learned that when the Amish buy a tractor, they have one year to change out the rubber tires for metal tires. We learned lots of things. Our tour guide talked non-stop for a couple of hours!
After stuffing ourselves at a Smorgasbord, we headed south for Gettysburg. After getting information at the Visitor’s center, we drove through the National Historical Park.
On to Greenbelt Park in Maryland, our home while we explored the DC area.
Our first task was to get our Senior Metro card. A nice employee gave us a free pass to the Metro Central station in DC where we got our pass and explored the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We hit most of the memorials and walked our socks off the first two days.
Walked from the Jefferson Monument around the Tidal Basin past the FDR Monument.
Sunday was a special day heading north for our morning church meeting, then across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and down to the Maritime Museum. When we arrived a boat tour on the Patriot was heading out so we grabbed our coats and hopped on.
Monday, thinking this was our day for our White House tour, we got up at 5 am, drove (about 2 miles) to the metro station, and were outside the White House visitors center before they opened. We had the date wrong, so walked to Ford’s theater and got a tour there, the highlight being a park ranger presenting a one-man story of President Lincoln’s assassination.
We found a fabulous French bakery and enjoyed a break munching on a baguette.
The museum of the Bible was recommended by a friend, and so glad we visited!
5 am the next morning, we were ready with our invitation, ID, and not much else in our pockets (no purses or bags allowed). Interesting process to get into the White House. Our names were on an invitation list, and that was shown to get into the line, and twice after that with our ID. After that, two security areas (like TSA), and finally, we could walk through the public area at our own pace. Security people were everywhere and acted as guides and experts to ask questions.
Back to the French bakery for a baguette break, and the DC Circulator bus to the Capital for our tour there. That security took the last of our baguette (thankfully we’d already scarfed most of it!). T0ured there, which was so interesting, then took the tunnel to the Library of Congress which was beautiful. Also saw Thomas Jefferson’s library.
The following day we took the Metro to Arlington Cemetery, then a bus tour, where we arrived at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier two minutes before the changing of the guard, so got to see that. We got off at the Kennedy memorial and walked to section 60, where we visited the grave site of Annette’ s brother-in-law.
Weather was fantastic. A little drizzle on Monday, but other than that some clouds in the morning a couple of days, but cleared off so nicely every day.
Our last day, we were done with all the museums and monuments we could take in. We did laundry, I went to a gym, we filled with propane, visited the Post Office, had lunch out, and were back to our campsite ready to enjoy the afternoon in our gravity recliners, topping it off with a walk through the woods.
A leisurely morning, waiting for the peak traffic to let up, and we were southward bound! Arrived at Mt. Vernon when they opened and enjoyed a very well-done movie about George Washington. We walked the grounds, down to the wharf, through the old gardens, barn, and then went on a tour through the Mansion. Fascinating and a beautiful view of the Potomac River.
South, south, and more southing……… saw some damage from the hurricanes along the freeway in North Carolina and South Carolina, and were happy to get back into sandals as the temperature climbed. After 87 degrees, we were happy to arrive at Denis’ cousin in Ormond Beach Florida and hook up to Air Conditioning! This morning dawned beautiful and sunny and with a cooler forecast.
We will enjoy a couple days of 75 degrees before heading for Iceland, England, and Rome!