Are we having fun? "You betcha"

Trip Start Sep 06, 2012
Trip End Mar 06, 2013

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Midday temperature: 28C

When Greg and I started this trip we said that if we found somewhere we liked, we would spend extra time, and although we are under a time constraint to get to Cold Lake because of the cold weather looming, we decided we had to stay in the area for at least another day. We started the day travelling to Goshen, another Amish village about 30 minutes away from Nappanee. Goshen has approximately 32,000 residents and a thriving Main Street. Our first stop was to another quilt garden. This time the pattern was Liberty and required over 3000 plants. Absolutely beautiful. This garden was on the grounds of the court house, a very grand building complete with a town clock that reminds me of 'Back to the Future'.  On one of the street corners is a police lookout complete with gun portholes, built in 1939 to combat gangsters. There is so much history here… We had lunch in a diner that was built in 1910 as a grocery store and was featured recently in "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" a program on the Food Network that Greg and I enjoyed watching. The diner was bustling, the cooks cooking and talking to the patrons, and the patrons eating and talking to the cooks. Quite a place, and the food was good.

Then onto Nappanee to take in some of the Apple Festival events. We saw the enormous 7’ apple pie that was assembled and baked by volunteers. Then back to the festival to listen to Billy Dee, an excellent variety singer. We bought a large blooming onion, so large that we couldn't eat all of it. Then onto the other stage tent where we: listened to a very entertaining comedic magician and ventriloquist; listened to Echo Village, a bluegrass band from Tennessee; and then watched the Smage Brothers, who were featured on America’s Got Talent, perform their trick motorcycle demonstration. During Echo Village’s performance, an ultralight plane circled overhead a few times. It all felt surreal, as though I was on a movie set.

It was an amazing day, and as Greg and I were about to go into Star for the night, we could hear train whistles  and see clouds of black smoke that seemed not too far away. So of course we had to investigate. We drove to a nearby field and we could see dozens of Amish horse drawn wagons tied up along a fence and crowds of people. It turned out that it was a working display of antique farm and train equipment. And I’m not talking 1950s John Deere tractors. These were from the early 1800s, fueled with wood and sawdust. It was quite dark by then, the sparks were shooting high into the air, and the men were blowing the trains' whistles. And someone was shooting fireworks. INCREDIBLE.

Tomorrow morning is the parade, one that everyone says we should stay to see, so we are.

This area is definitely one that Greg and I would like to return to, especially during this time of the year.
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Barb Samson on

Wel it sure looks like you both are having a wonderful time on your travels. What a life to have and to be able to see all the beautiful places and people also with good food, what a life. Have many more days like these. lol

jason on

The bikes look pretty cool!

Judy B on

Sure looks like you two are discovering some really interesting places! When you were here in Nappanee, you were almost due south of my home town of Sault Ste. Marie (Ontario, not Michigan). The Great Lakes is an interesting part to ravel around.

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