Saturday, July 12, 2014
Some observations from a California chick about South-Central Pennsylvania:
1. Stars on houses. Originally, there was a major housing developer that used "Barn Stars" as a means of showing he built a house. It then became a "good luck charm" similar to a horse shoe, and now it simply has become a home decoration. I would venture to say at least 50% of the homes in this area decorate with a star.
2. Candles in windows. Originally the candles signified a safe house for people needing to escape via the underground railroad during the Civil War. Later it became decoration during Christmas, and now many people keep candles or lights on year round
3. Churches with cemeteries. I was surprised by the amount of churches that had cemeteries as part of their property. I think because so many of the churches have been around for 150+ years, this was the "norm" then, and less so now.
4. Fireflies. Now, we have fireflies in Honduras - but I have never seen so many at one time...it was awesome to see!
5. Amish. We were definitely in amish country. We saw men, women, buggies, scooters, and leaned a lot about the community while we were there.
6. County parks - Mike and I are in initial training for a marathon and wanted to take advantage of the trail runs at the county parks. The parks were incredible and were hardly used! As opposed to the county parks in Sacramento/Elk Grove, California where we are from which were barely tolerable but used a LOT!
7. Harley Country. In the almost 8 days we spent in Pennsylvania, I saw more Harley-Davidson motorcycles than I have even in California!
8. Corn fields. More corn fields than I have ever seen. Apparently most of the corn that was grown was not for human consumption, but to feed the cattle (of which there were TONS of dairy farms around).
9. Pike versus a freeway - well - pretty much didn't see ANYTHING with a "freeway" sign, but saw tons of signs that said "Pike". Not really sure of the difference at all, but there you have it.
So, that's it folks - a California's attempts of seeing Pennsylvania through a non-Pennsylvania's eyes and of all the amazing and beautiful country I saw - these were the things that stuck out to me the most.