Clarion Inn Amana Colonies And Wasserbahn Waterpark Resort
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Amana Colonies is one of America's longest-lived communal societies beginning in 1714 in Germany and continues today here on the Iowa prairie. First settleing near Buffalo, NY in 1843-44 they needed more farmland and in 1855 move to Iowa. They called their village "Bleigtreu" or "remain faithful". Then the leaders chose the name "Amana" from the Song of Solomon 4:8. There are 6 villages within ...
... more than crossing it. We headed for the famous ‘Launching Pad Diner,’ which our guidebook said had been operating continuously since 1954. Sadly no more – it closed this year and is up for sale. But the old green giant standing outside is still there; one of many which used to stand along the Route 66. He provided a photogenic backdrop, but we had to take lunch in AJ’s diner up the road. It was traditional ...
... weather forecast is not too good as storms are predicted along our path.
Our destination is Amana Colonies in Amana, IA. This is an historic German town that we stopped briefly on our trip to Alaska in 2012. The town closes up at 5:00 pm so we decided to come back and stay a few nights to check it out. More tomorrow on our venture into town.
I have included a short video of what we see as we head down the road. Enjoy.
We enjoyed our stay here, although the days were hot, humid and lazy, but quietly relaxing. One of my favorite pastimes was watching Fox try to catch a ground squirrel. Just like the corn fields, where ever you look, you see these little varmints. The holes to their burrows are everywhere, about the size of a golf ball and hidden in the grass. ...
... we had to make a trip into the city, Iowa City, to be exact. We needed groceries and Fox desperately needed a good grooming. Usually we have no problem finding a Walmart nearby, sometimes more than one. Well, the only Walmart in the area was either in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Okay, about the same driving distance to either Wally-world, and both cities had ...