|Breathtaking vistas in every direction|
So, before our trip, we were planning the sites we would visit. I had been thinking early American history, quill pens and cracked bells. Then Cynthia piped up and said, "I want to see the Amish Country!"
Wow! Now you're preaching to the choir, Cuz! We hopped into our rental car and zipped west on highway 30 toward Strausburg. Then we cut south from there on little winding roads.
|Huge Amish farmstead, neat as a pin.|
You can't seem him in the shadows of the silo,
but there is a man ground-driving a pair of draft horses
And horse poop on the roads.
Horses working in the fields.
Horses pulling buggies.
Not a tractor in sight.
Not an electrical line in sight (at least not to the Amish homesteads).
It was fantastic.
|Driving 4-Abreast. You don't see that very often.|
|Moving equipment from one field to another. You see this all the time|
in farming country, only usually it's tractors.
|Setting out tobacco seedlings|
|Cultivating tobacco. This guy was ASLEEP!|
This time of year, farmers are cultivating their corn and tobacco, cutting, raking and baling hay. We saw one family setting out young tobacco plants in a field.
|Mares and foals.|
|Buggy leaving the dry goods store|
|Farmers' Market with 5 buggies!|
|Buggy horses hanging out in the shade while their masters|
are at the farmers' market
While the Amish may live a "simple" lifestyle, and their farm acreages may not be huge, nor may their yields be the top in the U.S., it sure looked like it was working well. Every single farm we saw was spotless and beautifully maintained, with fresh paint and lovely trees.
|Laundry on line - in nearly every yard.|
I think maybe we have a new Advocate for Agriculture, Cuz!
post were submitted by Cynthia.