ROAD TRIP DAY 36: SAY, “CHEEEESE!”

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I’m not one who finds it necessary to photograph Bruce or be photographed myself standing in front of every landmark. As a matter of fact, it drives me crazy when I’m on a tour with people who do this at every stop. There will be others (like myself) who wish to photograph the statue, landmark, or scene free of tourists in the photograph; however, we’re stuck waiting for these people who run to get in front of every single one.

This happened to us at Mammoth Caves. This man photographed his wife standing in front of a rock formation at every single turn. They held up the line, and I wanted to SCREAM!

Having said all that, when I see one of these cheesy photo ops that is meant for that very purpose, (and it’s as cheesy as this one), the kid in me takes over and I just gotta get a shot.

When a very nice man at Turkey Hill Experience asked if he could take our picture for us, Bruce begrudgingly agreed and I pulled him into the ice cream bucket.

Visiting the Turkey Hill Experience was something we decided to do on the fly. It’s geared more for kids, but we thought it would be fun to learn about the ice cream-making business and enjoy a sample.

As it turned out, unlimited samples were included with the price of admission. There were 12 different flavors from which to choose, but why choose? Sample them all!

Noticing that the kind ladies scooping the ice cream were giving full small scoops per serving, I requested a half of scoop in order to have room to sample them all. We had just come from a fabulous Thai restaurant for lunch, so we weren’t exactly starving.

Although we each made it through the flavors we wanted to taste, I had to draw the line at “Party Cake”, a flavor with buttercream frosting and pieces of colored cake mixed in. Between that and “Colombian Coffee”, I was good to give them a miss and opt for “Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup” and “Moose Tracks” which were more to my liking.

Honesty, we have had better ice cream. Nothing beats New Zealand ice cream, but even here in the United States, we have tasted creamier ice cream with more inclusions.

I got ahead of myself with all this, though. The day actually began in downtown Lancaster at the PA Guild of Crafters Festival. In addition to high-quality crafts being sold by crafters, a local school for technology was onhand to demonstrate 3D printing and other skills they teach at the school. In partnership with the guild, they were teaching how the silk-screening process works by silk-screening the guild’s graphic with hands-on help from those who either brought their own t-shirt or bought a plain one from the guild. T-shirts were $10 to purchase, and the silk-screening was free. Locals in the know brought their own from home; something they do each year to build their collection of guild graphics. Cool!

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We also learned how a printing press works, and I got to make a bookmark for my friend, Betsy at no charge.

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Other demonstrations were also free, and it was fun watching how various crafters produce their beautiful handicrafts such as weaving, basketry, wire sculpture, and woodcraft.

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Sa La Thai was located next to the guild and along the block of the street festival, so we wrapped up our downtown visit with our wonderful lunch there before heading to Columbia for our ice cream indulgence.

The day concluded by taking the long and winding road back to Lancaster through the farm country to enjoy more beautiful scenery. These were our sights along the way:

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