Really though it was truly all about little BH and H1 and I did not get to do Dutch Country Amish-inspired activities as we had hoped.
On the first day, there was mostly driving and before we got to the hotel, we went to the Choo Choo Barn.
The Choo Choo Barn is pretty famous in the world of miniature, model train displays, I gather. Why, just last night I was surprised that after years of watching one of BH's favourite videos "I Love Toy Trains", I only just realized that displays from the Choo Choo Barn were used in the footage of that video. You people have no idea what I'm on about, do you?
That's okay because I am not a train enthusiast myself. How could I have known?! How could you? Maybe some of you are secretly trained in the arts of trains.... Train Ninjitsu, if you will.
Anyway, it was an impressive display - noisy toy trains, marching bands, a circus, a zoo, a house on fire, a symphony in the park and a snow capped mountain with snowboarders and skiers - were all there among many other things to marvel at.
While I may not be a train enthusiast, I do love toys and miniature toys at that and ever since I got my macro lens, I've experienced many a joy in taking photographs of toys. They're my favourite subjects to try taking pictures of and had the Choo Choo Barn train display not been behind this huge protective glass enclosure (and rightly so), I would have gone more nuts than I did.
I still went nuts though, just so you know.
|Scary mines and a discotheque? Gamma Radiation People?|
|I wouldn't stand so close to that bridge|
|Seems like fun, yeah? I didn't get to go on any ferris wheels...|
|I also did not see any marching bands...!|
|Where am I? Not in the audience.|
|Caused what? "He"?|
|Snowy mountains? Ski lifts? This Choo Choo Barn is the sheetz.|
|Dancing techno elephants.|
|Fire? In the house, a fire.|
|Luckily, the fire department is right down the street. H1 and I counted how long it took. It took 10 seconds to get there. As to how long it took the fire fighters to get out of the vehicle, well...let us just say it is a miracle anyone survived.|
Bwahaha. Oh, no. Just kidding.
But what I am not kidding about is the next shocking bit of information I have to impart.
Please take a moment to prepare yourself.
Starving, we made a decision to go to Cracker Barrel for lunch.
|I had to go with the sampler.|
|Though they did fry the crap out of the okra. What is wrong with them?|
Okay, it was good. Alright? Pshaw. There, I said it.
|the apple cider was definitely good.|
|Downtown Lancaster - a somewhat shady deal. I saw lots of these.|
|There were nice buildings.|
|With Ye Olde Bed and Breakfast places.|
|A Theatre. Ye Olde? Not sure.|
|Statues of Ye Olde people? yes, probably.|
|Carmen & David - they know ice-cream. Oh yes.|
|Do you? Do you really?|
|I can say for sure they did a great job making these flower cones out front.|
|And there you have it. H1 says it was one of the best vanilla ice-cream cones she has ever eaten.|
|And I yummed up the banana fudge. You only see fudge ripples but inside, were HUGE fudgey bits. They were fabulous.|
|Luuuiiiissss had the fluffer-nutter on a pretzel cone. I was told it was wonderful.|
Choo Choo Barn and the Shops of Traintown
226 Gap Rd
Strasburg PA 17579
Carmen & David's Creamery
25 North Prince Street
Lancaster, Pa 17603
Fellow 3DS Cool Kids Met Via Streetpass at on Day 1 on 7/05/2011: None. Cool Kids apparently do not hang out at the Choo Choo Barn or Downtown Lancaster. But that is a lie because I was there. Psh.