Last week, while I was showing you pictures of spiders and nothing special, I was in Pennsylvania with my husband for our annual vacation.
We went to the Poconos. Specifically, we went to the LeHighton area, which is about 30 minutes from Pocono Raceway. We stayed at a Hampton Inn, and not at a resort, because all of the resorts I could find were either smoking facilities or so old that I dismissed them out of fear of mold and mildew.
I do not recommend visiting the Poconos in the manner that we did (that is to say, staying in a hotel and winging it), because the area is spread out and we spent a great deal of time in the car. There are many small townships in the area that one could spend days exploring, but part of the time it rained and in many instances things I wanted to visit - museums and such - were closed "for the season" and/or were only open on Saturdays. We were not there over the weekend.
Staying at a resort probably means you are stuck at the resort unless you venture out, but I daresay the resorts are set up to keep you occupied.
Having said that, the area is lovely, not too much unlike my beautiful county here in Virginia except a bit more mountainous. The communities, however, seemed more economically depressed and reminded my husband of West Virginia. The townships were in between mountain ranges rather like West Virginia, as well.
I took these shots from a Walmart parking lot near LeHighton. The Walmart was built upon a high hill and had the best views that we found, over all.
I thought it was pretty country. Apparently it is good for growing Christmas trees, because on the way in, we saw many evergreen farms. There were rows upon rows of growing trees.
I had a hard time getting photos of those, as we were driving close to dark and it was a little foggy.
Stay tuned for more about our great Pennsylvania adventure.