The 2015 Spring-time Girlfriend Getaway

30 Apr

My annual girlfriend getaway was a success. But it went by way too fast, as usual. And Tracey could only stay through Friday afternoon. Carol and I missed having Tracey with us, but we made the best of it.

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L-R, Tracey, Carol, and Me

On Thursday, we did a little shopping, and eating. But mostly, we just enjoyed each other’s company. We don’t get together nearly as often as we’d like to.

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Selfie with the mascot at Katie’s Kitchen

We had dinner at Katie’s Kitchen, near Strasburg. They have the BEST fried green beans. Nothing like a healthy dose of veggies for an appetizer.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a unique place.

Friday took us to The Green Dragon. It’s billed as a farmers’ market and auction, but it’s more than that. There’s meat and produce, of course, but there’s also a slew of other stuff for sale. Anything and everything, really. Baked goods, nuts, candy, home decor of all varieties (and decades), hardware, live plants, produce, pet supplies, clothing, flags, rugs, furniture. You name it, you can find it at The Green Dragon. For better or worse.

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Unfortunately, it was PACKED with people. We usually go around late-February/early-March. Apparently, the colder temps keep folks away. The warmer temps bring them out in droves.

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Whoopie Pies

But we made do, elbowing our way through to our favorite baker of Whoopie Pies. They have a new, radical sign-maker, who decided to change the spelling of one of our favorite treats. It’s supposed to be WHOOPIE. Really.

And we got our favorite lunch treat, too.

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We love pretzel dogs.

A visit to The Green Dragon wouldn’t be complete without a pretzel dog. Or two.

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Pretzel Dog

The pretzel dogs were absolutely delicious. And look what I had for dessert…

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Peanut Butter Cookie Whoopie Pie

I saw an important instructional sign, too.

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Tracey left us at The Green Dragon. She had to go to a dinner party/wedding cake sampler affair. Carol and I continued on to some of our other favorite little shops.

But first, Carol needed to run into Wal-Mart. I waited in the car, capturing this shot of the Wal-Mart parking lot.

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Buggy Parking at Wal-Mart

Next up was Carson’s in the Cornfields, a truly unique spot that sells antiques, architectural salvage, re-purposed items, painted furniture, cabinet hardware, outdoor accessories, and other stuff. It’s one of my favorite shops.

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Saturday, I went shopping for clothes — ugh! — while Carol visited with her niece and great-nieces for a bit. Then we shopped some more.

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Almost Paradise Outdoor Shop

Throughout the course of the four-day shopping extravaganza, I was constantly amazed at the variety of, um, stuff, being sold. I’ll save that for another post, though.

Almost Paradise is always entertaining, with their yard full of concrete and resin statuary.

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Mary on the Half Shell!

 

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How can you not smile at that?

And Carol finally found the perfect dog.

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“Hi, puppy!”

The adoption fee was a bit steep, so the doggie didn’t come home with us.

I was so tickled to see a group of Virginia gentlemen seated around a picnic table that I just HAD to join them for a spell.

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The Virginians

It’s a fun place, if you like kitschy stuff as much as I do.

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Cutest Little Over-priced Piggy

And look what we saw on our way back to the motel. It was parked outside a country store.

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Pony and Cart

Perhaps a horse and buggy was out of this person’s financial reach?

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Lancaster is a picturesque place.

Although temperatures were a bit on the cool side, the weather was generally pretty nice. It’s such a picturesque place, really, when you are away from the mega shopping outlets and such.

But the shopping places are fun. And look what I found…

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New yard art!

Yes, I brought him home.

I’ll share some of the more unique stuff I saw in my next post.

6 thoughts on “The 2015 Spring-time Girlfriend Getaway

  1. Hey Girlfriend..
    Yes it was so much fun as always being my forever friends.
    Wish I could have stayed longer.
    You have a great smile.
    I dig your new frog dude too.
    Hugs
    Trace

    • Thanks, Trace. Maybe next year, you’ll be able to stay longer. It was good while it lasted, though. And my room was sure lonely without you.

      Hugs right back at you!

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