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Monday, October 10, 2011

Day in Jim Thorpe



By the train tracks and bike trails
A B&B that I would love to visit with Danny someday



Tucked away in Pennsylvania's northeastern "Blue" mountains sits the quaint town of Jim Thorpe.
Here resides an uphill village of twisting roads, restaurants, shops, a courthouse, old prison, opera house, old fashioned fire house and a couple mansions. Below, at the base of the town stands the amiable train station. My family and I were lucky enough to spend the whole day here with friends.
As if it's charms weren't enough, we visited during the Fall Foliage Festival, when live music,vendors, and horse drawn carriages dapple the scenery.

Our favorite part of the day was riding the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The tree speckled mountains towered above us while the flowing Lehigh river cut the path for us to follow. The trees even spoiled us with their turn of brilliant golds and amber.

And the conductors looked sharp in their crisp black and white uniforms. My only complaint: too short. Forty five minutes is not long enough to enjoy the majestic views of Jim Thorpe. Note to future visitors: in the month of October, you can't buy tickets days in advance, so get there early! The place fills up fast! We arrived around 8:30 to buy 2pm tickets.


On the road into Jim Thorpe-from camping



Afterwards, we drove up to the Old Jail Museum, that looks much like a castle from the outside. Inside we witnessed the living quarters as well as the creepy dungeon and gallows. Oh and let me not forget the to mention the mysterious handprint that doesn't disappear even after many attempts from previous owners.
All in all it was a delightful weekend. The girls had a blast and we are planning another visit this Christmas for a Santa Claus train ride and maybe a mansion tour next time!


On the train





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