Buchannan State Forest

David and I decided to go camping over Memorial Day weekend.  I found us a campsite in one of the state forests, Buchannan.  We left at 12:30 thinking we would be there in a couple of hours.  We had put the forest in google maps and headed out.

At 1:30 we hit Maryland and at 3:18 we were in Pennsylvania again.  Thinking we were almost to the campsite we drove all the way through the forest.  NO CAMPSITE!  We had noticed a place by a trailhead that had brochures so we headed back there to get one.

After looking at the brochure we noticed that there are like 5 different places that are part of the forest.  Who would think when you put it in it is going to take you to the farthest away and you need to be at the closest one.

Then from the tiny map I notice there is a name of a road, which I had thought was a creek when I reserved the spot,  I put that into google.  Low and behold it was there and we were 3 hours away.  We finally arrived at 6:30.

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Kauffman’s Barefoot Acres

The kids, I mean the grown kids, wanted to go to a mystery dinner date.  It was in Lancaster so we decided to use our Harvest Host and find a place to stay close.  Oma and Grandpa could watch the girls while Mom and Dad had a date night.

We headed to Bird in Hand,  PA where we stayed at Kauffman’s Barefoot Acres.

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Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market

Once again we head to a farm that we have been wanting to check out.  A lot of people told us about all the things that go on here; like summer programs, corn maze, straw maze and more.  We were a little late for the season but we still had a great time.  The girls had a wonderful time playing.

I figured to start the day we should do a family photo of Heather, Dan and girls.  Check this out MeMe and PopPop!

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Butcher’s Family Fun Farm

Heather and I had been wanting to go to a corn maze since we have moved here.  We finally got to one at the end of the season.

Butcher’s Family Fun Farm

http://www.butchersfunfarm.com/

We found the coolest swings made out of tires which the girls really enjoyed.

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Trip Home from Disney World

We loaded up and were off by 10:26am.  At 12:15 we had to stop so Dan could check on the trailer.  We ate lunch in the truck and were off again by 12:30.

We had to make a pit stop in Georgia for 10 minutes at 4:30.  By 5:10 we hit South Carolina and were at the Whipperwill Farms by 5:36.  Dan got us parked up while we took the girls to look at animals.

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Goodbye Animal Kingdom

It is getting close to the end of our trip.  One last day at Animal Kingdom.  I said before this is our favorite park.  We were hoping to ride the Banshee again but with it being a weekend the line was too long.  I guess it will be on our list next time we go.

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Magic Kingdom Once Again

Well we headed for Magic Kingdom on the Monorail.

The girls loved riding the train.  It was really nice having the whole couch to ourselves.

We got into the park in time for the opening show.  I think the characters are the girls favorite thing.

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Universal Studios

Heather had planned our trip so well but this was something she didn’t plan.  She didn’t know that her big brother, Jared, had connections to Universal Studios.  She had always wanted to go to see Harry Potter land.  Jared has an older gentleman that lives with him who is the father of his best friend, Justin.  Justin’s Mom, Karen, is a witch at the Squeaky Cauldron and she got us free tickets.  Justin is also one of my adopted sons, so I really wanted to meet Karen.

We were supposed to just hang out at the hotel by the pool for the day while Dan went to car museum he had been wanting to visit.  He dropped the rest of us off at Universal Studios where we met up with Karen.

Karen didn’t get to stay with us long because she had things to do and has a hard time wearing the mask.  To say the least she hasn’t been able to work because of this.  It was really nice to get to spend a little time with her.  Her family think so highly of my oldest son, Jared, which makes me very proud.

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A Day in Animal Kingdom

This is the day that we went to Animal Kingdom which we were all looking forward to going to because of the opening of the ride, The Banshee.  If you watched the Avatar movie you will know that these are the animals that they flew on.  We had to do a baby swap for this ride.  David and I went first.  I have to say it was the best ride of all and we rode it twice.

I always say that everything happens for a reason.  Heather thought that she had ruined everything yesterday by her error. I believe she didn’t because the line wasn’t bad and as we found out it is too long on the weekends and this was a Monday.

Kate was being goofy with her hat.  I think she had her nimmie, sea anemone, under her hat.

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The Real Magic

We ate breakfast in the room before we left.  We all wore our hats we had gotten the night before.  Heather got the girls some ears that just clipped into their hair.  I had to get a photo of my girls together.

Heather had everything scheduled because that is what she does and we had to have reservations for everything; including the parks.  We arrived at the Magic Kingdom as the park was opening.  Heather tapped her wristband to get in and we didn’t have reservations for that park.  She had made a mistake and we were supposed to be at Animal Kingdom.  They had openings to get into the park, so we all got in but they canceled our Animal Kingdom and we couldn’t change it to the next day.  Heather got our reservations changed for our dinners, so that was okay.  Heather was so upset and thought she had ruined our whole vacation.  David said she sounded like her Mom.  I guess she is like me in some ways.  Anyway, this is when the real magic came into play.

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