Mona has been a busy girl touring the blogosphere this week, and stopped to visit us here in Pennsylvania to experience our home town.
First she wanted to inspect the birdhouse Princess Nagger painted:
Then she inspected one of the feeders to make sure there was enough food for everyone:
She couldn’t put it off any longer…it was time to meet the dogs:
Since the dogs thought she was a new toy just for them, she was relieved when Princess Nagger recruited her for a dinosaur expedition…so off we went:
Mona was a little miffed she didn’t get to drive like Toni
let her do… But she did enjoy riding in the cart at Target with Princess Nagger:
Mona decides to inspect the dinosaur loot:
It appears we got enough.
But wait…what’s this? A Mona Wannabe? Mona assured me that she does have one of those flirty skirts…but she just forgot to pack it:
All that work made both Princess Nagger and Mona hungry – Princess Nagger got to choose, so Mona willingly placed the order at McDonald’s:
Then we went for a long drive…there are so many roads like this here in Small Town, PA:
And lots of farmland…
It wouldn’t be a trip to PA without checking out the battlefields of Gettysburg:
Mona declined the hike up to the top of Devil’s Den – it was a bit hot for that:
But she sure liked looking at the landscape and barns in the area:
All the way over on the other side of the state, you can’t not visit Independence Hall in Philadelphia:
Or check out the awesomeness that is the Liberty Bell:
In York, she was a bit bummed that she arrived too late to go to the York County Fair, she’d heard that some great performers were going to be there this year.
But she did enjoy learning about the history of York, starting with the old Colonial Courthouse:
York was capital of the thirteen colonies for 90 days when Congress was compelled to flee from Philadelphia. In the Colonial Court House (now a reconstruction) the Articles of Confederation, the founding document of the Union, were adopted in 1777.
Gates House/Golden Plough Tavern:
The building’s most notable resident was General Horatio Gates, president of the Board of War during the American Revolution. Local legend tells of the Marquis de Lafayette attending dinner in this house, toasting the health of General George Washington, and disrupting the plot to overthrow Washington known as the Conway Cabal. The “toast” is more myth than fact, and most historians today dispute that the Cabal was anything more than a letter-writing campaign of several disgruntled officers and Congressional delegates.
The house, which was constructed in 1761, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, because of one of the home’s most famous residents, Thomas Paine . He lived in the house during the Second Continental Congress’ stay in York, and local historians believe he was hard at work writing “The Crisis” during this time period.
Before Mona had to take flight to continue her trip across the U.S., she kindly offered to try to make Princess Nagger feel better at the dentist. She tested out the dentist chair first:
She tried to comfort Princess Nagger in the chair:
When that didn’t seem to be working, she called upon her friend Nemo for help:
Since the laughing gas seemed to work its magic, Princess Nagger did just fine getting her spacer replaced. Mona then assisted the Princess Nagger in the capture of a caterpillar, and helped her get it all settled into it’s new home:
She decided to relax with a glass of wine before she departed:
a little tipsy on a happy note – promising to stop by again to play with the Princess Nagger in the future.
Tomorrow is Mona’s last day of her tour…go check out where she’s headed next!
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