Friday, December 15, 2017

A Different Kind of Traffic Jam

In rural Big Valley, Pennsylvania (aka Kish Valley) - 
located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains - 
and you can still find a traffic jam. 

Waiting to Pass Safely

Somehow, this kind of traffic jam doesn't bother me, 
but maybe that's because I wasn't in a hurry. 

The valley has a relatively large population of Amish (3,000+) and Mennonite - 
thus the common sight of a horse and buggy. 

No Snow Tires...or Snow Shoes

Seeing the Amish population in Pennsylvania is just another 
super cool thing about living here. 

Making Good Time

You might think, "Look at that fancy yellow buggy." 
But there isn't color choice when it comes to your buggy. 
You own the color of your Amish church affiliation. 
It is dictated along with many other things affecting your life. 

At the Dry Goods Store

In this region, a yellow buggy is the Byler Amish. 
A black buggy is the Renno Amish 
and a white top is the Nebraska Amish. 

The Buggy Dealership

Each affiliation practices a different degree of technological conservatism - 
thus no cars and other modern conveniences. 

Most people think of the Pennsylavania Amish in Lancaster County - 
but this settlement from 1791 is in Mifflin and Huntingdon Counties and
 is about 2 hours away from Lancaster. 

I Wonder What They Keep in the Garage

This was my second stop here en route to picking up my non Amish 
son from nearby Penn State for Christmas.  
May he enjoy his modern day conveniences. 

Click on any photo to go to my Big Valley gallery. 


Tamar SB said...

I have never seen the yellow buggies! Very neat to learn about the different colors.

MadSnapper said...

i have only seen the yellow buggies in a few of your photos and did not know about the different colors. i must say i like the looks of the black ones best, but yellow is good to see to keep from running over them. my favorite photo today is number 3, it pulls at me when i look at it. just the single buggy in all that beauty...

Sarah Huizenga said...

What a delight to see. I loved the dry goods store shot!