At one point we'd just had it with the construction pileups and the fact that we had not spied Michael Scott in Scranton, so we pulled in to a WalMart parking lot and had a real deal picnic. Awning down, chairs out.
Pretty soon some suspicious things start to come to light... For example, this fine Amish attraction is literally sharing a parking lot with a Super Target. That "authentic" Amish dining establishment has food that tastes spot on like a TV dinner. There is also something called "ThermFlow ®" as the second ingredient in all the "made from scratch" pies they sell.
The recruiter at the main door could see right away that our boys were cut from good stock. So they were eager to sign them up, and sign them up they did! A few quick questions and it was off to boot camp for Max and Andrew.
The gift shop, however, remained open, and April carried a sobbing Andrew through the relentless rain and flooded parking lot so that he could get a peak at all that he was missing out on.
The gift shop, which smelled like an old, smokey, wet couch, featured gems such as this "educational project," on sale for 75 cents.
Please note the bottom line:
"This book contains about 26 different animals, with information obtained by leading scientists and geologists. We had no information on a few of these animals and we are very sorry that none was obtained."
Alas, we hope another 10 million years will not go by before we get another chance to explore all of Dinosaur Land's mysteries.
We drove deeper into the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where we would encounter more pleasant weather, some additional Civil War historical sites, and some fantastic Southern hospitality. Our Endless Caverns campground was complete with beautiful views, relentless face-swarming gnats, and a great little fishing hole where the boys spent an afternoon chasing perch and bluegill.
As they were finishing up for the day, Andrew hooked an especially challenging catch. He fought it as it ran, and things got pretty tricky. When he finally landed it, he learned why - it was his very first Largemouth Bass!! Mark was a proud poppa!