Stowed away all our camping gear in truck last night before we went to bed due to some heavy thunderstorm activity .. Actual storm passed over us pretty quickly .. but .. rain lingered on throughout the night. Campground really emptied out after Sun 2pm checkout time…
After showers .. we thought we’d check out onsite cafe .. the .. ‘GNOME CAFE’ …. of course .. it’s closed Mon-Fri … (even though TG asked office folks what time it opened yesterday and was told 8am) ….
So .. we decided on plan B .. went into East Earl PA (a few miles from campsite) to a place called Shady Maple Smorgasbord .. advertised to be Lancaster County(s) largest Smorgasbord.. When we pulled into their huge parking lot .. we can understand why .. parking lot had ALOT of cars for their breakfast meal. We had to wait on line to get our breakfast tickets ($9.25 per ticket) … Cost was well worth it .. They had 4 ‘made to order’ grill stations .. lines actually moved pretty quickly .. At a suggestion of guy in front of us (he was having his second omelet of the morning ..) we both had a veggie omelet .. it was excellent … rest of the meal was serve yourself .. many .. many options .. breakfast meats .. potatoes .. fresh fruit .. bakery goods ..and on and on.
After wobbling away from table we went to check out their gift shop which was downstairs …. another huge area …over 40,000 square feet of stuff .. candles .. souvenirs .. furniture (finished and unfinished) .. sporting goods .. toys .. etc .. etc .. after purchasing some items … including a solar garden bug sculpture I found for our garden (TG was not impressed with it … 🙂 .. What garden doesn’t need a solar bug sculpture ?????
After finally leaving the building .. we decided to drive across the street to Shady Maple Farm Market .. another impressive place … It’s a family owned grocery store .. that had to be the largest grocery store we’ve ever seen ! All dept’s were very well stocked .. Produce Dept includes local veggies and fruits .. meat dept had over 100 varieties of smoked meats from their own smokehouses .. bakery dept has over 300 items made from scratch .. all in all .. place is amazing … Must be the place where most of locals go … including Amish/Mennonite folks .. they have an area for horse and buggies to park .. (and a barrel/shovel for them to do some ‘picking up’ after their horses) …. Huge outdoor area for local grown flowers/plants … tempted to pick up some nice hanging baskets for $11 each .. no place in truck to carry them back ! Next .. huge store called ‘Goods’ .. general variety store that had almost anything you wanted .. All these places were within walking distance of each other .. could almost spend a day browsing around everything .. We did spend almost the entire morning walking around and browsing ..
Next stop was to check out another potential campsite and lake for kayaking .. French Creek State Park .. almost an hour from where we were … Lake looked pretty good for kayaking .. quiet water .. but .. rest of campground seemed to be neglected .. camping sites were not that good .. rest rooms not clean .. very few campers in the entire park .. kind of send up a red flag for us .. not a popular place.
Back to camper … I needed an afternoon snooze .. getting tired from not getting a good night sleep for past few nights .. it’s always something .. bad weather .. hot weather .. loud neighbors .. street traffic .. etc ..
This morning we woke up to a pretty loud banging .. couldn’t figure it out .. then we remembered other TripAdvisor reports of same thing .. there is a nearby rock quarry .. and they start at 7am … banging and clanging ! Didn’t notice the noise while we were hear Sat & Sun because quarry was closed ….
Photo opportunities missed .. as we were walking back to trailer from showers .. an electric cart buzzed by with 2 Mennonite (??) elderly couples onboard .. all dressed in their local clothing .. hats .. bonnets .. long dresses .. men with long beards .. etc .. A contrast of old generation and new technology .. We said our hellos and walked on by … Figured out another mystery today .. for past few days I’ve notice a ‘skunk-ish’ aroma as we go walking around campsite .. discovered it’s the electric carts causing the odor .. go figure .. campsite tries to be energy efficient by using electric carts .. yet .. they are ‘polluting’ air .. ironic !!
Back at campsite .. planning for tomorrow .. Tues .. our last day at Lake in Wood … Looking for more ‘adventures !
Having issues loading photos tonite .. odd in that had no issues over the weekend .. makes me think campsite is throttling down internet access during week days ??? Fired up Verizon MIFI ,, photos loaded quickly …