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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 ...
Day 53. Friday 17 July 2015
Now in Kalona which has many Amish and Mennonites and the others who are known as the 'English' to those folk.
It was a nice town and we walked around it. I met a lovely lady called Marlene who was minding the antique shop. Most of the items were on consignment for different people. There was some very nice things there but I spent most of my time talking to Marlene - one of those people that you have an instant rapport ...
... and we did a lot of walking, especially in Amana. Middle Amana has Iowa's largest rocker made of walnut. It reminded me of the rocker "Edith Ann" used to sit in. In fact they have a picture of Lilly Tomlin sitting in the chair.
After spending several hours with a German religious sect, we drove over to Kalona, IA which is an Amish/Mennonite community. Bob wanted some more bread. We walked around the small town for a bit viewing the "quilt squares" ...
... except three of the homes I got 6, 8 & 9. Can't tell if we're getting better or worse. I was hoping that we would be able to golf once a week while gone and I would be better by the time we get home, but not sure that is going to happen.
We joined our new friends again last night for snacks, dinner and then the nightly campfire. For dinner we had Walking Tacos. You cut the top off a small bag of Doritos, add the taco meat ...
... 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.