Monday, June 13, 2011

Back On The Road

Elkhart and Shipshewana, Indiana

After a 3.5 week hiatus from our hiatus, we are back on the road. We had a great 3.5 weeks camped in Monte's Mom's driveway. Spent lots of time with Monte's Mom who will be 96 next week, his brothers Jim and Gary, sister Kass, sister-in-law Linda, daughter Nancy and various and sundry nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. When we weren't hanging out at the house we were going to the massive flea markets in the area, shopping where the Amish shop, or hitting the casino and horse races at Delaware Park.

Now we are heading west and our first stop was Elkhart, Indiana. Elkhart is the home to multiple RV manufactures and there are supposed to be good buys on RV items at several surplus and salvage dealers in the local area. However, what we found did not thrill us. In general we found that what we were looking for could be purchased for less $$ online than in person here. I guess that if we had been in the market for RV furniture we could have found some good buys but other than that – not so much.

So – having time on our hands we headed off to Shipshewana, Indiana just east of Elkhart.

Keeping in mind that the part of Pennsylvania that Monte is from is home to a large Amish and Mennonite population and when it is normal to see (get stuck behind) the occasional horse and buggy on the road and there are usually many of them parked at Wal-Mart or Home Depot, and other stores. We found that in Shipshewana and the surrounding area, cars on the road are in the minority. I've never seen so many horse and buggy combinations (and so much horse poop). It is kind of hard to take pictures of this stuff because the Amish do not like to have their pictures taken – the whole “graven image” thing...

We did not find much to do in Ship – pretty much just a tourist village. There is a Hudson automobile museum here and although we did not go in – they were having a car show outside. Monte once, many metric years ago, owned a 1950 Hudson so he enjoyed seeing these.

Movin' on West.

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