In my blog post, Philadelphia, I talked about my last trip north to Pennsylvania. That awesome visit with Sophie Lynne and Linda Lewis, and a day spent in big city, was Part 1 of this early May trip. Things got a little crazy here at the end of May when my dad went to the hospital, so I'm just getting around to writing about Part 2.
Even though my mission on this trip was electrolysis, in Part 2 I had another fun day with friends in Lancaster and York, PA. Of course the second half of this trip was an adventure all its own with some unexpected twists thrown in for good measure.
When I woke up Thursday morning I hadn't shaved my face in 48 hours. I'd spent Wednesday in Philadelphia and Friday's scheduled electrolysis was the reason I couldn't shave. I'm so glad to have made such good progress with hair removal that this doesn't hold me back from going out and having fun on these trips.
The plan for Thursday was to drive to Lancaster and meet my friends Jane and Julie for a little shopping, then dinner with Jane and possibly more friends that night in York. I've met quite a few friends online that live in the Keystone State and when I make these short jaunts up there I try to meet more and more of them. One day I will get to meet you all!
|Leaving King of Prussia and heading on to Lancaster and York. I remember my first trip north for electrolysis, being terrified to be seen by anyone. Each treatment things get better and better.|
My first stop in Lancaster was the Tanger Outlet Mall. On the way over I'd gotten my first real look at the Pennsylvania Dutch country since visiting with my parents when I was a child. Even from the busy highway this is a very scenic and rustic land. In busy Lancaster County it is sort of like modern life meets traditional Amish culture, as silos and grain fields plowed by horses are often right next to gas stations and strip malls.
|Me, Julie and Jane after a fun afternoon of power shopping|
|At home in my natural habitat.|
|At the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg, "after hours"|
|Pretty covered bridge in the Strasburg area.|
|Each caboose is outfitted differently and is its own individual suite.|
|Pennsylvania countryside, Lancaster County...|
|Downtown York, PA|
|Holy Hound Taproom|
We ended up having a couple of local craft beers at the Holy Hound and then met up with another local friend, Katherine. The three of us headed down the street to the White Rose Bar and Grill for a fabulous dinner. The weather was so nice we ate outside but the coolest part was that we got to cook our own food! They bring a hot stone to the table and on it we cooked steak, tuna and chicken as well as a few veggies. Somehow I managed this without injury while Jane only sustained a small burn on her arm. Hey, it was a small price to pay for grilling your own food on the vibrant, historic streets of downtown York at night.
|Jane and I enjoying after dinner drinks|
|Me, Jane and Katherine at the Holy Hound|
|Explaining to Jane how I'd switched to wine because I now prefer sweeter drinks.|
|Here I am with Saran Wrap on my face, holding in the numbing cream used to make electrolysis less painful.|
|Electrolysis needle inserted into the follicle, and the tweezers plucking the killed hair.|
I've been making green smoothies for awhile, mixing fresh fruits and veggies into some delicious, healthy concoctions. James takes this process one step farther, juicing the produce into an even more concentrated, vitamin filled liquid. So Saturday afternoon when we got through with my electrolysis, James told me of a slightly used Norwalk juicer that was on sale at a good price. All we had to do was drive back to the Lancaster area, check it out and if I didn't want it he would buy it.
Buying this juicer was a pretty big investment but I decided to go for it to take control of my health and put me in a better position to build my system up before and after my upcoming GRS, as well as keeping myself healthy going forward. This juicer was listed on Ebay but they also had a local ad that alerted to us to this deal.
It rained all the way to Lancaster but we found the apartment and saw that the juicer was almost brand new so I decided to buy it. I got lost on winding two lane Pennsylvania roads on the return trip but we finally made it back to Suzanne's. I least I got to see some more of the rustic farmland and Amish countryside, even though it was a miserable, dreary day.
|My Norwalk juicer at home, making fresh veggie and fruit juice.|
|When I got home Saturday night, my trip odometer read almost 1000 miles!|