I live in the suburbs, but I like to visit the country. Do you have your own favorite place where you like to escape, breathe the fresh air and get back in touch with nature? I have two favorite destinations. One is the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. I like the old, worn-down wooded mountains, the quaint New England towns and the patchwork of farms bordered by crumbling stone walls.
My other favorite place is the Amish country of southeastern Pennsylvania, which is where we went last weekend. You see more sky in Pennsylvania above the rolling hills of corn and other crops. The farms are bigger. The landscape is more open, more expansive.
The towns are not quaint; they are old and down-to-earth. There are tourists, but the land is more agricultural. Corn is planted on every corner, even in town and along commercial strips. And the farmers make an honest living working their spreads, not catering to outsiders. Here an enterprising family has flowers for sale.
Everyone is happy to get their hands dirty . . . and their feet too.
Even the machinery is more work horse than show horse.
Occasionally you see an Amish family riding by in a horse and buggy.
Everybody has a garden.
And of course, you know what this is . . . I did not check to see if it was currently in use.
Still, there's always time to relax . . .
And make a friend.