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... of the day we've just been hanging around and starting to get some stuff together for our departure tomorrow.
The most productive I've been all day is I made a pair of earrings. I've been wanting to try to make some jewelry and so since we really aren't super busy, thought I'd give it a try. They don't look too bad, so I'll probably try some more.
The rest of the day, just lazying about. If ...
... you know that you could have become friends. Alas, that is one of the drawbacks to travelling – ships that pass in the night.
We went to an historical village which was very interesting – most of the village was original and had been transported here from outlying areas. There was a Mennonite Museum there and I found out lots of interesting information and asked lots of questions about the Mennonites. The woman there was a Mennonite and ...
... operational, but no longer makes refrigerators. Not sure what they manufacture there now, but the whole area is very interesting. The villages are connected by a road that runs in a loop. Each village has a religious meeting place and it's own cemetery. Even in death, they are equal since all the head stones are the same and they are not buried in family groups, but buried in chronological order according to the date they are buried. The religious meeting ...
... the high levee built in 1955 to create the reservoir and thus Coralville Lake. We had to drive across the spill way to get to the campground area. We are right on the Iowa River. In 1993 and 2008 IA had so much rain that the lake flooded and spilled over the spill way and flooded the campground. Luckily it hasn't rained that much while we have been here.
Again tonight we sat around the campfire with our new friends. They will all ...
... Next day, off to visit just 2 of the villages. These were Germans escaping
religious persecution. They came in 4 ships with more following in later
years. They called the non- Germans, the "English". We had lunch at a German restaurant - beautiful place and food. We visited the micro brewery, the weaving mill, beautiful furniture and a good museum. Too much to see and do again, so back we went to the nice RV park and did the washing.