There is a phenomenon in Pennsylvania: Gnome Homes and Gnome Gardens.
Most RV parks in Pennsylvania are closed for the winter, November through April. May through October is known as “the season”. Much like the RVing snowbirds who flock to the southern states for the winter, northeast locals flock to a nearby RV park for the season. The difference between them and the winter snowbirds is that most of them have a stick-and-brick within several hours’ drive. Many only come out to their RV on the weekends during the season.
They keep their RV in one of the few RV parks over the winter, often paying the monthly rate but never going to visit it. The RV is often covered and shuttered for the winter.
But come mid-April or May, everyone flocks to their RV for the season. They unwrap the RVs, gazebos go up, TVs come outside, fountains go one, flowers are planted, and gnomes invade the park.
For as conservative as they appear, the Amish do have a healthy sense of humor. Around Pennsylvania Amish Country – with provocatively named towns like Intercourse and Blue Ball (post coming soon, no pun intended) – are giant Amish statues, with bare feet. One has a name: Big Amos. I don’t know if he’s famous. *rim shot* I’m on a roll.
Why east and north? I recently went to Pennsylvania Amish Country – and I loved it! I was beautiful, the people were friendly, and the towns clean. When I told my father how beautiful it was, he agreed and said it was the prettiest of all the states he’s been to (and he’s been to most all of them). I hear the weather sucks in the winter, but so far it’s still warmer and drier than Texas and Oklahoma. Yes, as I write this, it is warmer and drier in the northeast and has been for the last several weeks.