A day-trip to the haven of Jim Thorpe, PA

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This past Saturday, my son Sean and I took a 100 mile road trip to Jim Thorpe in the Pocono mountains. The fall colors are just starting to show.

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The sky high mountains

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First view of the town

The above shots are from the car as we were in a long line to get into the town.

There was a little fall festival going on and the main attraction seems to be the scenic train rides. I think that is on the ‘must do’ list now that we saw how pretty it is. I of course, was blown away by the Victorian buildings. We so wanted to eat at the oldest pub around, but the first pass in, resulted in us not finding a place to park. We went down the main drag in Lehighton and ate in an Arby’s and then went to a farmer’s market. I was able to add a cake dish and little milk pitcher for $8 to my collection of pink depression ‘like’ glassware.

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The side by side Packer mansions! We would go in the one to the far right.

The second try took us up the hill to near theHarry Packer mansion. Sean was getting a little steamed as it was getting near 3:30! He decided to bypass a ‘road closed’ sign and lo and below, there was an almost empty parking lot! We saw a man in a tour van and he said we were probably safe to park there. Later we learned that if a ticket had been issued, it would have been only $10. So we parked there for a few hours, toured the one Packer mansion and took a walk through town. Of course we grabbed a few geocaches too.

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This was used as a model for The Haunted House feature in Disney World!

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Each room made a lovely fireplace!

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Such a pretty settee. Do you see any Halloween decor here that looks out of place?

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Time for brunch!

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Sean on the veranda! I’d love to stay here sometime!

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Something was steamed other than Sean!

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View from the Asa Packer mansion of the town.

The Asa Packer museum  We didn't take the time to look through this one as we had a town to explore.

The Asa Packer museum
We didn’t take the time to look through this one as we had a town to explore.

The Switzerland of Pennsylvania

The Switzerland of Pennsylvania

The local library. Found a cache after the singers left the front porch.

The local library. Found a cache after the singers left the front porch.

Halloween was in the air!

Halloween was in the air!

My new friend!

My new friend!

The town was called this before 1954.

The town was called this before 1954.

Seemed like everyone flooded the town for the train rides!

Seemed like everyone flooded the town for the train rides!

Sean was having a little fun.

Sean was having a little fun.

We had to see the  memorial for the town's namesake. Quite impressive and his resting spot too.

We had to see the memorial for the town’s namesake. Quite impressive and his resting spot too.

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Our last spot was ‘the beach’ near the Lehigh River where a cache was located.

It was a whirlwind kind of a day!

We stopped at IHOP like we did last year on the way home from Cooperstown, NY.

We missed having Brian along. He would have enjoyed the trains. 😦

I just found out today that a test I had to detect a serious condition said I didn’t have it! I am so relieved. I still believe that Lyme disease is messing with me after 17 years. I have learned to live with the aches and pains and arthritis. I basically had the test to ease my mind. 

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