Sunday, November 2, 2008

Adventures with aMAIZEing bridges!

Halloween has come and gone. Here is a photo of what greeted the Trick-or-Treaters at our door. The scariest part, of course, is the bear. Grrr!


The following night was date night! Kelly got to choose and we headed to the Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, home of the world's largest corn maze, for their flashlight maze night. It was Amaizing! We came out grinning from ear to ear!


I had to use the outhouse right away.


Into the corn!


There were some odd contraptions in the middle of the maze. This bike powered a fan and mister.


My corny queen.


We took a ride on a tractor and toured the farm. Not a ton to see at night but we did get to see the cows up close and personal. Moo!



This morning I treated Kelly to homemade donuts (recipe compliments of Chef Mark White).




Today we began our exploration of Lancaster County's 29 covered bridges.

Here is the Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge. Built in 1848, it's the longest single span covered bridge in the county at 180 feet.


Built in 1867, the Pinetown Covered Bridge was washed off it's base by Hurricane Agnus in 1972 and rebuilt the same year by Amish workers.




Zook's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1849.


Herb's Mill Covered Bridge was built in 1849, during the California Gold Rush, and rebuilt in 1887.



Butcher Mill Covered Bridge, built in 1881, is nestled among the trees and is the second shortest bridge that is still open to traffic.


Redrun Bridge is now privately owned and was built in 1866.



Some of the beautiful countryside along our route.



Weaver's Mill Covered Bridge was one called White Hall Mill Bridge. It was built in 1878 and is frequently used by the Amish and their horse and buggies.



Pool Forge Covered Bridge has a unique history, for it supposedly was the bridge where President James Buchanan met his fiance, as historical records explain, but she died before they could marry, and he remained a bachelor. This bridge was built in 1859.


Some Amish were enjoying the sights around the bridge.


Bitzer's Mill Bridge was built in 1846, making this the county's oldest covered bridge still in use.


Pssst... hey cow! (Kelly says I'm the cow whisperer)


We ended our journey in the quaint town of Ephrata. We will likely return here to see the Ephrata Cloister.


This blog's shout out goes to Andrew Hantzes who called and sang Old MacDonald to Kelly. Y'all are getting showed-up by toddlers!

1 comment:

Morrissette said...

i am going to need that donut recipe you made me hungry!