We finally made it to an Amish Mud Sale! We started a couple of times, got sidetracked and went elsewhere in Elsewhere (our motorhome)! We left Thursday morning - stopped at Cracker Barrel for a late breakfast - always good.
A beautiful drive until we got to somewhere on Interstate 81 in West Virginia - sat in traffic for two hours - hardly moving at all. Finally decided to stop in Martinsburg for the night and leave early Friday for Pennsylvania. We spent the night at Cracker Barrel - nice quiet area. Watched a movie - nice evening. We did run the generator all night since it was hot and humid. Very comfortable evening.
We were on the road at 5:15 AM - determined to make it to the sale this time. We got to Bird in Hand (yes that is the name of the town) just as the sale was starting. I have never seen so much mud in my life - it must have rained all day Thursday. They were putting sawdust down by the truck loads. A real Mud Sale! There were several tents with auctions going on - selling horses, carts, buggies, tools, furniture, antiques, flowers, saddles and Quilts! Lots of quilts - all kinds of quilts. Big ones, Little ones, new ones, old ones. So much fun looking at all the quilts and talking to all the nice people.
I think we may have to have some kind of intervention or something - we absolutely can NOT continue to go to these sales! We don't seem to be able to resist the beautiful quilts. I know - it is weird since I make quilts - why should we want more? I think it's because I know how much time and hard work goes into a beautiful quilt. And Ken bids more often than I do - he really should be helping me resist! I really hate to put into writing how many quilts we bought - but maybe that will be the first step to our recovery! We bought 5 quilts - large quilts - beautiful hand quilted quilts. I don't have pictures yet - check back later.
One of the quilts is a beautiful whole cloth quilt. It really should have sold for three times what we paid for it. After we bought it, an Amish lady sitting right in front of us turned to me and said, "That was my quilt". She was so nice and so pleased that we loved her quilt so much. She gave me her name and permission to put her name on the quilt label. I told her that I realized how much work was in her quilt and how beautiful it is. A very special quilt. But where oh where will I put all the quilts?
We made a (probably very wise) decision not to go to the Mud Sale on Saturday. It was in a town a few miles away - Refton. We drove by on Friday afternoon and decided to keep driving so we wouldn't be tempted to bring home more quilts.
We decided to drive through Lancaster - usually a nice town to visit. Not this time. They were having a street festival so the downtown streets were closed. Took quite a while to get through town. There are lots of "Rotaries" (we call them traffic circles). Thing is up there they use the Rotary very differently than we do. It seems to be a free for all - jump in and hope for the best while they all keep going. Not sure they understand what yield means. I guess it helped that Elsewhere is a lot bigger than most of them!
We were exhausted by the time we survived the closed streets and Rotaries so we found the closest Walmart for the night. We always ask permission - and they're always so nice. Sometimes they cannot allow overnight stays because of city ordinance or not owning the lot. When that happens they go out of their way to tell us where we can stay nearby.
Saturday morning we drove to Gettysburg - took the two hour bus tour. Very interesting. The North Carolina Memorial on the battlefield is one of the most beautiful. It was created by Gutzon Borglum - who also created Mount Rushmore. The views are spectacular. This photo is the Eisenhower Farm - President and Mrs. Eisenhower donated their farm to the National Park Service. This year is the 150th anniversary of The Battle of Gettysburg - lots of special events.
We stopped by The Round Barn - only 8 miles west of Gettysburg. Unusual and rare - huge round barn built around a silo. They sell fruits and vegetables and all kinds of crafts and unusual foods. We walked up to the second floor and took this photo. Bet it was fun to watch this barn being built. Check it out at roundbarngettysburg.com.
Good to go - good to get home! Elsewhere took good care of us. Oh - I almost forgot! I drove Elsewhere. Decided it was about time. I kept it between the lines! Fun.