This was our third time spending Memorial Day in Lancaster County (check out the 2009 version of this post) and it is official: it is now a tradition! Huzzah.
This time we spent the majority of the weekend in the Churchtown Inn's lovely Covered Bridge Cottage. I will admit that I was a little worried about the cottage based on some online reviews, but I don't know what cottage these people stayed at. The Covered Bridge Cottage was fantastic. Well appointed, very cozy, and fast wireless Internet? Who can ask for anything more?
This year I decided to leave my fancy-pants DSLR at home and see if I could take some nice pictures with my little point and shoot camera (I have a Canon PowerShot S90 , which is a great little camera).
All the pictures below were taken with it, and to tell you the truth I didn't miss having my DSLR at all.
We started off with a quick trip to the Lancaster Central Market where Fiesta Sunshine Mix is always in season:
Then we were off to the lovely town of Lititz, PA to meet Becky and Eric (this is a picture I took of myself waving at them through the cafe window):
I think it is a state regulation that while you're in Lititz you must visit Wilbur chocolate:
Becky and Marisa talking about lady things:
Becky grew up in Lititz, and I grew up in Yonkers, NY. Imagine my surprise to find a little bit of Yonkers in Lititz:
This was the first of many antique malls we stopped at during the weekend. This floor was a little sparse:
The first of many yard sales we stopped at. Marisa found these boxes of old jars in under 5 seconds:
One of Marisa's favorite places is this junk store in Columbia, PA. I think it is a little gross, but she loves it (and they've really cleaned it up since last year). Here are a bunch of nails using good old Bethlehem Steel:
I've taken this same picture every year for three years (2008 version and 2009 version). Here's the 2010 version:
Here's the view of the front of the store:
The happy couple in front of a bridge:
Marisa's newest obsession is Pyrex. She found lots of it:
Marisa is ready to fight that fire with a tiny spatula:
You kids can keep your iPads, the Kindle DX is my faithful companion (though I did bring my iPad along with me as well):
Marisa can find the nearest Goodwill no matter where you place her in this great country of ours. This is the rather unusual Goodwill Discount Center we found in our travels. It was attached to a normal Goodwill that we spent some time in. After about 30 minutes I said to Marisa, "Don't you want to check out the discount center? It is right down this hall." She said, "No, we should go." I knew she was trying to make me happy but I couldn't conceive of stopping and NOT going to the discount center. I'm glad we did because this is what it looked like (and Marisa found a rare Pyrex bowl):
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