Hey Bloggies,

What an amazing few days I’ve had, so jam-packed and incredibly fun!!

Last Friday night/Saturday morning Ryan and I made our way to the Bushkill Falls area of the Poconos to spend the weekend with his parents.  After a few hours of sleep we made our way to Pottsville for a tour of the Yuengling Brewery.

Photos credit of Ryan.

The next two photos are all me ;).

After a quick stop to fill our bellies we headed to Coal Mine #9.

Such a different experience.

We went 2000 feet in and 200 hundred feet under where the temperature was about 52*F, and pitch black if it wasn’t for the stringed lights set up for tours. In addition to our knowledgeable tour guide, there was also a certified coal miner on our tour.  He wanted to take his little girl through a site to give her an idea of his work experience/environment.  It was great to hear his point of view and personal tales.From there we had a couple of hours to spare and ended up at the Lehigh Gorge. We decided to go for a short hike, which turned into a pretty exhausting 2 hour hike up and down a waterfall.  The pictures give little evidence, but my knees were feeling it on the way down.Then it was time to eat!  Ryan’s mom selected Moya in Jim Thorpe to dine.  While in town I learned that Jim Thorpe was named the “greatest athlete in the world” in 1912 by the king of Sweden. According to Wikipedia “he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football, and also played professional baseball and basketball. He lost his Olympic titles after it was found he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateurism rules. In 1983, 30 years after his death, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) restored his Olympic medals. But back to the food…Day 2 in the Poconos we slept in a little and headed out of the house a little later in the morning. We started the day by checking out the waterfalls of Bushkill falls, and from there wandered the area.

Before going to dinner we checked out the grounds of Grey Tours in Milford, the building itself was closed for the day.  The next 2 photos credit of me, the rest are all still all Ryan.

For dinner on Sunday we went to Bar Louis. They featured several chicken dishes so we started with the roasted chicken and chicken risotto to split, as well as a french soup.For the main I ordered the creamy corn crepes.And Ryan ordered one of the specials, a delicious fish that none of us remember the name.  It was similar to a sea bass. And pot de creme au chocolate to split for dessert.What a perfect end to a great weekend!

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