Monday, June 30, 2014

Made it to Rome

Howe, Indiana High 84 Low 72

We got a little rain first thing this morning. It was only enough to get the truck dirty. It has been cloudy all day, but we never got the forecast rain.

We decided to drive to Rome today (Indiana, not Italy). We had one more quilt store in the area and I should have called first, because they are closed on Monday. We did get to see some scenery. The only pictures we took in Rome were of another Amish buggy at the local grocery store and some pictures of a house on a lake with a real lake view. It looks old and we wondered if it was there before the Lake was made.

Some other scenery on the way was a wall mural in the town north of Rome, and a picture of part of an Amish buggy and a large tractor in the same town (we were driving and Cindy wasn't able to get them both together. The artist that painted the mural had to have been very talented Because the mural looked 3 dimensional on a flat wall.

Afterward we went to the Rise and Roll Bakery to buy some of the good Caramel Cinnamon doughnuts. First we had to try the samples to make sure they were still as good as last time and they were.

We then went to Yoder's Meat and Cheese shop to get some more of their summer sausage and ham salad. We liked it so much after we got it last time that we have already eaten it all.

Across from Yoder's was a flower quilt block, and Cindy went across the road to get a picture.

We also went into Yoder's Red Barn Shoppes to just look around, and found this Amish quilt on display.

After all the driving around we went back to the RV Park and took a walk around the outside of the park. It is more than a mile walk. We stopped at the River and took these pictures, and also one of the road to the river. Last time we stopped there, there were people fishing.

Tomorrow we leave to go to an RV Park near Homer, Michigan, and because it is only supposed to be about a 2 hour drive, we want to go to the Shipshewana Flea Market for a while in the morning.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Small Farmers Market

Howe, Indiana High 81 Low 70

Another warm day. We got a little rain this afternoon, but not much.

We went into the town of Howe this morning. There was what the sign said was a 4-H sale. There were a few Amish farmers selling bread, Vegetables, and some selling lettuce. We bought a loaf of Garlic, Cheddar bread and some zucchini and summer squash. Cindy tells me she misses here garden.

These wooden bowls are kind of unique.

We had the squash and some of the bread for dinner this afternoon. It was good and the bread was excellent.

We saw this old house in Howe and thought it was kind of neat.

We then drove over to Sturgis, Michigan to go to Wal-Mart. While there Cindy got this picture of the quilt blocks in flowers. There are more in Shipshewana, but we haven't got pictures yet.

Since it is a slow picture day, I'm putting more pictures from the House on the Rock. This time, some of the old buggies we saw, and also a picture of a butter fly collection.

Last night I managed to catch a fire fly and finally got to see what they look like. They are not something we have in Utah and I think they are kind of neat. Cindy says it's the kid in me coming out.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

RV/MH Hall of Fame

Howe, Illinois High 84 Low 66

Today we decided to drive to Elkhart to see the RV hall of Fame. We wanted to see it last time we were going through Indiana, but didn't have the time.

When we got there we had a bonus. There were several old Pontiac's in the parking lot. It was a group of antique Pontiac owners that had stopped to see the old RVs. When we got through they were gone. They all looked like they had been restored and the 1916 looked like the day it drove away from the dealers lot. There were a lot more, but I only put a few of the pictures on the post.

We then went in and started out tour with the newer RVs There was even a 1/24th scale model of an RV assembly plant.

We then started through the old RVs and what they were like, some from the 1910's. They didn't seem to be laid out in any particular order. We enjoyed seeing some of the older and some not so old RVs. The oldest trailer was made in 1913. They had it being pulled by a Model T Ford.

There was even an old motor home/ limo that was used by Mae West.

There is every imaginable travel trailer in the museum, from tiny tear drops to a long Mobil home.

Cindy remember living in one about the same size when she was about 7 years old.

The last picture is of a newer fifth wheel. We couldn't imagine how much they have changed from the early ones.

After the Hall of Fame, we went back to Shipshewana and drove around a little bit. We especially liked the horse drawn buggy pulling a boat.

We saw what we thought was an Amish school. We also had been told about what looked like an outhouse in front of a lot of the Amish homes, are actually phone rooms.

We saw a sign for brown eggs for $1.25 a dozen, so we stopped. The Amish farmer saw our Utah plates and remarked jokingly that we had driven a long way to buy eggs from his daughters.

Next we went to the store in Shipshewana where we had seen a lot of buggies tied up. It is kind of a damaged and old date store. The prices seemed pretty good. We bought some thin sliced bacon for about $1.69 a pound and some more fresh tomatoes and had BLT's tonight. They were very good.

Every store in Shipshewana has a hitching post, this one is bigger than most.
I'm not sure what we are going to do tomorrow.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Finally! A Quilt Show Even the Guys Could Enjoy

Howe, Indiana High 79 Low 63

We decided to go to Shipshewana today to see what was going on. On the way I saw this gas station price sign and had to take a second look. It took Cindy a couple of looks to see what I was looking at. Milk must be as popular at this gas station as gas or diesel.

We stopped at the Shipshewana Visitors Center to see about where a quilt show that was going on was being held. We were told it was at the expo center which was about 3 blocks south of us. We got lucky and just happened to be in the area when the show was going on, instead of being a week or two late or early as we have been at some of the other places we went through. When we got to the show, we found out that part of it was being held in the Hudson Museum. Some of the cars had quilts on them, and I guess I was as interested in the old cars as I was in the quilts.

A group of us looking at the car, but there was a quilt on it.
They have a lot of different models of Hudson's up to about the time they were no longer being made after they joined forces with Nash, which was bought by Chrysler Corp. to get the rights to make Jeep.

This model had two tail light designed with vacuum hoses going to the two center lights. When you pushed the brake pedal, not only did the lights come on, but the two center lights swung back and forth similar to what a train signalman did with his lights.

This one had a box that could be pulled out of the trunk on slides.

I really do enjoy seeing the quilt show, but it was fun seeing the old Hudson's, some of which I remember working on when I was in High School. And now some of the quilts we saw.

This was my personal favorite.

This quilt was also very nice with lots of intricate applique and quilting.

There were a lot of the quilts we saw in the Salt Lake quilt show the first of May. I guess they must go on the quilt show circuit to see if they can win ribbons.

This is one we had seen before. There were about 8 others that had been in the Salt Lake show.

After the show we drove to Middlebury to see two quilt stores. On the way we stopped at a bakery we had been told about. The samples were excellent, especially the Caramel Cinnamon doughnuts. Because of them, we are going to have to go back.

On the way we also stopped at an Amish quilt shop that sold quilts and decorations. One of the quilts was priced over $1000. All were hand quilted and machine pieced.

Tomorrow we are going to do some more sight seeing.

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