Friday morning Elaine and I both woke up with stuffy noses and scratchy throats. We had slept on the foam pillows but had put the feather pillows underneath because we both use two pillows and they found only one pillow for each of us. Those feathers are nasty stuff if you are allergic. And we are. But we got up, showered in their very nice shower, and dressed to get on with our day.
La Quinta give you a free breakfast with your room. And it's not just a donut and coffee. Elaine had creamed chipped beef over homemade biscuits, a side of fruit and a cup of tea. I had scrambled eggs, hash, fruit and lemon and cucumber water. And I even went back for seconds.
The waitress at the hotel breakfast room remembered me and was talking to me for a few minutes. Her name is Jessie and she is so sweet.
We went back to the room, packed up and loaded up the car. When I went back to the desk to check out, the desk clerk said, "Hello, Mrs. Specht. I was hoping I would get to see you before you left." It was Brittany, the one who helped us so much at Thanksgiving last year. She asked after Joe and said she hoped she would see us when we come back next time. Yes, there are other places to stay in Lancaster, but when you have a clean place to stay and people who remember you from visit to visit, it makes your stay so much nicer.
After we left, we headed for an antique store that Elaine wanted to visit. She is quite an artist. She will find the most run down and beat up piece and make it into something beautiful. Just like on the show "Flea Market Flip." I just see an old box, she sees a jewel. So I took her to this store we had never visited to look around.
As I said, I am not much of an antiques person unless it was something handed down in my family. But looking around I did see a lot of old Christmas tree ornaments that were like the ones on my grandmother's tree when I was little. I think I will go back and get some of them for my tree this Christmas. I think Joe will like them too.
Here is the treasure Elaine found. To me it is an old box. To Elaine it is something to be restored and cherished. I call it her treasure chest. It rode home in comfort on the back seat.
I wanted to stop at the Fulton Steamboat Hotel to look into their gift shop. I haven't been there in years because they are always full up. It's almost impossible to get a room there without a year's waiting. The gift shop was alright, but nothing special. I did see a little book which I got for Joe.
You can see he really liked it.
I was running low, so we stopped to get gas and then it was on to the Farmers Market. But that's another story for another day. Come back tomorrow for the end of our vacation.