Pine Grove Furnace State Park

We took Maria camping for a few days at Pine Grove Furnace State Park.  After missing our turn and going way out of our way we got turned around and found the entrance.  We found our spot and set up camp.

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Codorus State Park

We decided to take our friends, Christina and Maria, camping.  Christina had been camping growing up, but Maria had never been.

Christina and I decided to go to Codorus State Park because Maria was doing “Go York” which is program the library has in the summer to get people to check out the local parks.  Then you find the marker and get a rubbing.  There were several in and near the park so we headed on over.

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Dutch Wonderland

We had been told that we should take Beka and Kate to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.  It is only 30 miles from our house but we decided to stay at a Harvest Host on a farm.

Christina and Maria went with us too.  It was tons of fun!

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Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium

Our friend, Christina, had told us about Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium located on the other side of Gettysburg from our home in York, PA.

Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum – Homemade Fudge, Old Time Candy and Elephants – Gettysburg, PA (mistereds.com)

When our daughter, Sarah, and her family visited in February we stopped by when we were out checking out Gettysburg.  We didn’t get to check out everything outside because of the snow but the store was worth the visit.

Christina tells me she read that they had opened up a shed that is full of teapots and she would like to go check it out.  She then proceeds to tell me that she has never taken her daughter, Maria.  I told we needed to go then.

Off we go on a beautiful summer day.

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Zimmerman River Discovery Boat Ride

I am so sorry about taking so long to since I have blogged but summer has been a whirl wind.  Here it is August and there are so many things we haven’t got done.  Anyway back to my new story.

I received a email about things to do in our area.  One of the things listed was the River Discovery Boat Tour which was free.  Well David and I are really into free and boats so I grabbed us some tickets.

River Discovery Boat Tours (susquehannaheritage.org)

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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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