Saturday, July 14, 2007

Road Trippin! ~ Jim Thorpe, PA

We went 'road trippin' yesterday. Destination: Jim Thorpe, PA.
It's a common thing for us to just jump in the car, pick a direction and just drive!
The drive was about 2.5 hours so it wasn't too bad. The girls enjoyed the scenery along the way and also Spongebob (in the dvd player).
When we got there we parked and started walking along the main street.
The houses and busineses here are all beautiful, each one seemingly restored to it's Victorian splendor. As we went in to the various shops, we noted things such as the steps, windows, railings, door knobs, gas lanterns, crown molding, plaster etc. The insides of these victorian beauties are also restored. It was a really nice outing. I wish I had taken photos of the insides of some of the places but we were caught up in the shopping aspect and I totally forgot all about my camera!
Look at the patina on this door. It's the original door, never been replaced, painted or altered in any way. It's creepy kinda.... but if you know me, then you know I LOVE CREEPY!

Check out this cellar door. OMG! I LOVE the old cast iron doors. This one is particularly cool. I love the circular iron handles. The grate behind it is awesome too. Again.... all 100% un-touched in original condition. See the grate behind the door? It has a round thingy with holes in it....... I asked a few people what that is and no one knew. I'm on a mission to find out. All of the grates had something similar on them. It almost looks like a telephone mouth piece, sorta-kinda.
I'd LOVE to own one of these Victorian homes here......... the charm, beauty and history is all so fascinating!

Along the road, at each residence, people planted different types of potted plants, hanging plants and window-boxes. It was fun to walk beneath the cascading vines of various flowers. The girls especially had fun as they walked beneath them and they tickled their faces and arms.

There's LOTs to do in and around Jim Thorpe, Pa. There's an old steam engine railroad you can take a ride on. There's river rafting, mountain bicycling, hiking, camping, lots of antiquing, music festivals, curio-shops, antique car shows and county fairs. It's a great destination for a one day excursion or, if you have the time, a 2 week leisurely vacation. We love it there and we'll go back in the fall when the leaves are changing. The mountains are gorgeous then!!


MsGrace said...

Sounds like a great day!!

We should go one time too.


Anonymous said...

Is it possible that it could be the original coal shoot? Just a thought.
- scrapangel

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. I so can't wait until we can explore the east coast. There is so much history there and things are so much more beautiful and quaint than here in So. Cal.

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

Sounds like a fun day!
I'm confused........I thought you started a new blog? Or am I going crazy?

Tracie said...

I've always had a special place in my heart for the East Coast. Although PA has only been newly added to my list of 'been to' - I have yet to really explore it as you have done so this day.

I too love the rich history you can only find in the E.C. We will get back out there one day!!!

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Lissa Ballard said...

Cool road trip!

Those grates behind the cellar door are for adding some air circulation throughout the house.

The knob closes the holes in winter to keep warm air IN so the pipes don't freeze and in the summer they open up so the hot air trapped under the house can go out.

Now a days they have things that look more like the floor a/c vents built into the foundations of houses. They didn't have anything like that back then!

Love OLD towns like that! The architecture and the history are so amazing to see and learn about. (Another fun reason to live in Williasburg and so close to Richmond lol!)


So Many Scraps said...

Great photos, you like the same things I do and I love That town! been through there many times! Wondering where you live as I am a little closer but may not be in the same direction! LOL

Loreluca said...

oh, Gabz! I love the adventurous spirit your family has! Sounds so much like my childhood. Just pack a thing or two, and let's go. Destination: unknown. And you find the most beautiful places!!!
I LOVE THAT DOOR!!! Beautiful. You can't help but wonder what has it seen in all those years!

KimmyKimKim said...

I have actually been to Jim Thorpe even though I am Canadian!! Back in high school we went on a trip to perform in a parade in JT, PA and the people of that town put us up in their various homes for the weekend...
It was such a patriotic town. Every house had a flag and it was just so friendly and picturesque... Maybe I will need to go back someday now that I am a grown up. I bet I would appreciate it even more now!