First Week In October
We were up early Sunday morning in the rain. Tim got the outside work done while I did the inside to get ready to leave. I did not feel to good today – really upset stomach – might just be from nerves. I know I am going to miss my girls and all the fun we had these past weeks. They are so special to me. We had to stop 3 times before getting out of Connecticut. We arrived at Wolf’s Camping Resort in Knox Pa. We had stayed here back in July and really liked it. The lady at the desk even remembered us and we talked about the places we had been and where we are going. She is very interesting also.. We set up without unhitching from the truck as we are staying only one night. We walked over to the restaurant and had a wonderful buffet dinner for $10.95 each. Back to our little home to watch Amazing Race and early to bed. Another long day tommorow.
Monday morning we were off early again for a long ride to Indiania. The weather was not very good – rained most of the way. Today was my sisters birthday so I called her from the road – it was great talking to you Ann and I hope you enjoyed your day. I know as we get older we try to forget these days. We stopped at the rest area on the Ohio Turnpike and had lunch at McDonalds. This is very unusual for us but we had no sandwich meat and no bread. We are unsure how long it will take to get our camper fixed so do not want to buy to much. We arrived around 2PM and went straight to Trail Air in Goshen Indiania. After Tim talked to Ron we decided to drop the camper there and go to Marriott Courtyard. This way we are not in anyones way and get to relax. They start working at 5:30 AM at Trail Air and we are not used to those hours anylonger. Nice to be retired. Goshen is a neat city – they have many maple trees giving it the nickname The Maple City. We then took a ride into Elkhart and found the Camping World Store. We got a few items that we have been looking for and then made a stop at Applebee’s for dinner. We both had a drink and ribs – not the best meal but it was okay.
Tuesday morning Tim got up and took off for Trail Air to see about the camper. I took a nice shower and took my time getting ready. When he returned we went to breakfast in the hotel – they have a breakfast buffet. All kinds of goodies and really tasted good. We then took a ride to Shipshewana which is a small amish town of 537 residents. They have a huge flea market which we went to – I was surprised how much fun that was. It was started in 1922 with 6 pigs, 7 cows and several heads of cattle. I got two sweatshirts and some apples but you could buy almost anything you could think of. They have over 1,000 vendors. They also hold auctions for antiques and livestock. Really interesting. We toured a few stores – one with amish furniture. Believe me they know how to make furniture. Very strong and well made. They had a dining room table that would sit up to 24 people comfortably. It was unreal! The amish are very interesting people – they do not drive – ride around in a buggy pulled by a horse, they use hooks and eyes in place of buttons, use horses in their farming operations and have no electricity in their homes. Also they all hang their clothes on the clothes lines. Reminded me of the old days. I can still remember when we were stationed in California in the early 70’s and the base would not let me put up a clothes line. They said it would be like shanty town. Never understood that. I loved hanging sheets on my line. Had a line at the stick house for years. I am so interested in the Amish and Mennonites – try to read as much as possible about them. They are just super people. We then rode into Elkhart and wnet to the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Museum. Wow was this interesting. They had a 1913 Ford Model T Runabout with an Earl Travel Trailer. It is believed to be the oldest non-tent travel trailer in the world. They had a 1934 covered wagon, and many other old rv’s. Tim and I started camping back in 1972 so we saw a lot that we remembered from back then. It was quite interesting. They are building a new facility with over 50,000 sq feet which will open in November. If in the area please stop in as I believe you will enjoy it. They also have a library to research older trailers. We then sopped at the county park and started to take a hike but much to wet. We then took a ride to Amish Acres. This is a farm with 18 restored buildings, 2 restaurants, 2 inns, 8 shops and a theatre. It is on 80 acres in the town of Nappanee. We arrived to late to enjoy it so this will be on our stop in the future. Back to the hotel and after getting freshened up we asked at the front desk where to get a good prime rib. We found the restaurant and had a very nice dinner and end to a really good day.
Wednesday morning about 10:30 are camper was fixed and we were on the road. Trail Air did a wonderful job and come to find out it really was not their fault – their product was installed wrong by hitchhiker. We got on the road and took back roads for awhile and I mean back roads – we were on a two lane road with corn on each side – house every mile or so. Jumped on the highway and stopped for lunch. We also had the camper weighed. It rained again most of the day. We went by the campground and I said it looked good so we turned around and stopped. It is called The Caboose Lake Campground in Remington Indiania. We have full hookups – they have a pond to swim and fish and it is opened all year. We got the camper set up and took a ride to the grocery store in town. Then stopped at Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner – back home to reading and just relaxing.
Thursday was a day of total relaxation and fixing our tv antena. We did take a walk around the campground lake – it is one mile long. Felt good and the weather was cool – much more inclined to exersise. We had swedish meatballs, fresh green beans and mashed potatoes for dinner. Very good day.
Friday we went to Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks Indiania. What a wonderful place to visit – again I wish I had my grandchildren with me. They have 27,000 holstein cows whom have a normal weight of 1400 lbs and are about 5 feet tall. They milk 72 cows at a time on a carousel. You get to learn about feeding cows, the importance of dairy products – how they make cheese and ice cream. They have a building with displays, a 4 tv antena. We did take a walk around the campground lake – it is one mile long. Felt good and the weather was cool – much more inclined to exersise. We had swedish meatballs, fresh green beans and mashed potatoes for dinner. Very good day.
Friday we went to Fair Oaks Farm in Fair Oaks Indiania. What a wonderful place to visit – again I wish I had my grandchildren with me. They have 27,000 holstein cows whom have a normal weight of 1400 lbs and are about 5 feet tall. They milk 72 cows at a time on a carousel. I found out that a cow cannot produce milk until she gives birth at age 2. They are pregant for 9 months and then milked for 10 monthsafter giving birth. A cow normally produces 45 cups of milk in one milking and is milked 3 times a day. You get to learn about feeding cows, the importance of dairy products – how they make cheese and ice cream. They have a building with displays, a 4d theater which was really cool, a 45 minute bus tour and then a birthing barn. We got to see a calf being born and then standing up for the first time. What a thrill. Remember I am a city girl and do not know very much about farming. We then had lunch of a grilled cheese with ham on a bread that was out of this world. Of course we had a small sample of ice cream and bought loads of cheese. We are a cheese family. All this for $7 plus lunch. Took us about 4 hours and enjoyed every minute.
We will be here until Monday when we head toward St Louis, Mo. Deciding where to go and what to do once in town. Until later