We left Washington in the pouring rain for another long drive today to Harrisburg (236 km). It took about 3 hours to reach Lancaster County where we had lunch in what was described as a classic Pennsylvanian Dutch restaurant. It was a buffet lunch with a vast choice of delicious freshly cooked local produce. From there we went for a ride in an Amish buggy ride and chatty to the driver who was very forthcoming about life in an Amish community.
The Amish way of life is a simple one compared to many of us living life in the fast stream. They still live a life that would seem very familiar to previous generations. They believe worldliness can prevent them from being close to God and consequently they do not permit the use of tractors in the fields or televisions, radios or telephones in their homes. They do use some modern farm equipment but it is pulled by teams of horses or mules.
This was John, the driver of our buggy. He had no objection to taking photographs and was only too happy to answer our questions.
Our next visit that day was at the other end of the scale -Hershey's Chocolate World. Can't say it appealed to me at all
Opposite the Capitol building is State Street with a wonderful range of buildings from different periods.
We followed the road back down to the river and retraced our steps back to the hotel.