Day 6 & 7 - Niagara Falls, Gettsyburg & Amish Farm
Trip Start Apr 17, 2011
23Trip End Jul 20, 2011
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Of course there was lots of driving around the battlefields, photo stops, and the inevitable toilet or 'restroom' stops. (Whoever does actually 'rest' in them?) So by the time we left that area the sky was dark & threatening and we still had a lot of travelling to do. We had, as always, had the wake up call at 6.00 am, and only got to our Hotel after 7.15 pm
The next morning after leaving the hotel we were in Amish Country, and that was very interesting. We learnt and saw a lot, and part of our tour took us to an Amish house and farm which is set up as a tourist attraction. In spite of the fact that they don't use electricity in their daily lives they did accept credit cards for payment of goods from their shops, electronically too. It is surprising how many mod cons they are prepared to use in a modified way. They will use generators for some power, and although they plough their fields with horse teams and equipment, they use lawn mowers and line trimmers as they have their own power source. They also modify things like electric hand mixers and wringer washing machines by adapting them to compressed air operation, or have gas fridges. In some areas they have a separate road lane because their horse and buggies are so much slower than regular traffic. We were surprised later at a big tourist shopping village that there were many young Amish women working there and some men were providing short rides on their horse and buggies
On leaving the Amish country we travelled on the Washington DC where we arrived by mid afternoon and did some touring around before arriving at out hotel.