|The Everhart 8 in Elysburg PA last week|
Knoebels Grove is a time warp amusement park in Elysburg PA. It was founded by the Knoebels Family in 1926 - and they still own and operate it. The philosophy is very simple - free admission - free parking - free shows - and free museums. There are plenty of park benches around for the old folks to watch the kids have a good time. They have camp grounds and cottages available for rent. There are lots of big shade trees - the area was the center of the Pennsylvania Lumber Industry for centuries.
If you want to ride the rides - you pay per ride - sometimes they have a hand stamp bargain period - but not on weekends. Rides cost from $1 to $3. They gave me a discount of 10% for buying $150 worth of tickets at once. those tickets pretty well paid for all the rides of our family of 8 - try doing that at Disneyworld. The kids went pretty well non-stop.
For $1400 - Lulu and I rented a cottage for a week. The cottage had 5 "bedrooms", 2 bathrooms - 5 full size beds and a pull out couch. We invited family and friends to come and stay as long as they wanted. We had campfires every night - and had visitors every day except Wednesday. We used the grill to cook for 14 of us at one stint. Our cottage - called Pine Crest - was about 100 yards up a small hill from the Phoenix Coaster. At night it was quiet - you could hear the coaster and the train until 10 PM - closing time.
There was plenty of live music and some side shows.
Lulu and I flew from Tallahassee to Philadelphia. My sons drove from Washington and Richmond. The rest of the friends and family drove from Tamaqua and Allentown. Brother Jack and Tami drove from Rural Retreat VA.
Earl and Jean Eidem and their kids and Lori and Linda also came - but I did not get pictures.
Lulu goes on a secret mission in September - finally Lulu and I go to Germany in February.
|Cousins Jimmy and Georgeanne on the Mine Ride|
|George - Lulu - MaryRuth - and Cousin Carl - our engineer|
|Krys (red) - her Dad Rich (dark blue) - |
both my PV students. Also John and Liam
- her husband and son
|Carl and Marylou on Sky Ride|
|Amish kids on Sky Ride|
|Bill and Jean on sky ride|
|Twister and the pool from the Sky Ride|
|Carl and Marylou getting off Sky Ride|
|Marylou and Lulu on horses. Lulu got brass ring|
|Harry visited Bloomsburg College - |
he went there 45 years ago
|Our bedroom - bedroom 1 in cottage - reminds me on my coal region childhood home|
|A 1950s kitchen with metal table - chairs - cabinets - |
fed the family
|Each bathroom had a nice fiberglass shower |
and plenty of hot water
|The living room - mismatched furniture |
- old tables - cable TV. We were able to roll the TV into the bedroom
|Bedroom 3 in loft|
|Bedroom 4 in loft|
|Bedroom 5 in loft|
|Nice shower in bathroom 2|
|Front porch was closed in|
|Our cottage was on a cliff overlooking the woods|
|Lots of pines - and up on a rcest|
|Sally came from Hegins - we rode the sky way|
|The cousins - Lulu - Georgianne - Cathy - Ruthann.|
They will all gather again in Cocoa Beach FL in October
|Old buddy George with me on the Black Diamond Mine Ride|
|There were plenty of really good stage shows - |
lots of great music
|The kids on the Whip|
|Riding the German Red Baron planes|
|Son and grandson on the Phoenix- a fantastic wood coaster - $3|
|The favorite kid ride was the Ribit|
|My sons ride the horses|
|Ice cream and hot waffles - the best $3 treat|
|The kids would have spent hours running around this adventure.|
|Betty and Chet took the golf cart up the hill to our cottage.|
The cottage was by the car in the background.
|Lulu and granddaughter ride the cars|
|Hands up on the Whip|
|Hands up on the coaster|
|Family on the train|
|North Pole was frozen|
|Grandpop and grandson on Phoenix|
|Sad last day pictures Monday|
|All aboard for Richmond|
|Mum Mum alone in the kitchen -|
with the echoes of the week
|Monday morning - Lulu returns the keys to the park office|