Saturday, August 28, 2010

Keeping Up The Pace

Early mornings, busy days, fun evenings, great weather, wonderful friends, how could it get better – we are enjoying and treasuring every day.  As I reported on Thursday, there was a definite chill in the air when we got up.  That didn’t last long, the sun soon warmed  us and we ended up with a beautiful day.

After line dancing class, a bunch of us (I think our count was around 14 or 16 people) visited the RV Hall of Fame and Museum located here in Elkhart.  This is a “must see” when in this area.  There are several components to it, including a display of the latest in designs for today’s RV’s, a hall displaying equipment and accessories – anything from tow bars to refrigerators; a large display of historical RV’s dating from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s; and a huge reference library.

Chuck, Kathy, Dortha and Mark on the RV Museum Tour:

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This 1931 House Car was specially built for Mae West.  Although it was not for camping, she was transported to and from movie sets in it:

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After our visit, we figured out we were all really hungry, so we split up and went in different directions, it seems everyone had different plans for the afternoon.  Dortha, Mark, Jim and I ended up over in Shipshewana at the Dutchmaid Diner.  This is a buffet-type restaurant recommended to us by John & Bridgett.  Great recommendation!  It was delicious, I would like to go over there again before we get out of this area.  Have you ever had German Chocolate Pie?  Yes, Pie!  Dortha & Mark split one piece and Jim & I split another.

Following our lunch, we decided to go back to one of the furniture places we’d tried to visit before, but was closing  early for that day just as we got there.  This is the Lambright RV Retail Outlet, not far outside Shipshewana.  We did find a chair Jim likes very much, but we’re not sure yet if we will get it.  We’ve sent an e-mail to the manufacturer of the Euro-recliner he has now, to see if the bottom ring can be replaced.  Stay tuned for the outcome on that.

We got back to the campground in time for happy hour and a Mexican-style potluck dinner with our group. 

Friday morning was the last line dancing class.  I went early for the advanced beginner session and found I was totally lost with the new steps, oh well, it was still great fun!  After class, Jim & I took off and had lunch, then I went for a pedicure at a local salon. while Jim waited in the car with a good book.  We needed to stop at the store on the way home to pick up hot dogs for the evening’s hot-dog grill.  We got back in time for a large happy hour, attended by a great group of people, probably close to 40 or so.  It was held under the big tent that’s been set up for the rally next week.

A little before noon today we finally got going towards Michigan to check out the Round Barn Winery.  Actually, we ended up at one of their tasting rooms, after which we tried a restaurant recommended by one of the winery staff members. I thought that was another good choice!  We made our way to a small beach along Lake Michigan for a quick look and short walk before coming back to the campground.

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Dortha gets her feet wet every time she finds water!

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This evening’s activities included the usual happy hour, but since the Dallas Cowboys had a pre-season football game on TV, we came on home from that a little early. 

Tomorrow is our last day to get things done before the rally, I have a feeling it will be busy!


Margie M. said...

Looks like you all had a great day. That RV museum is wonderful. We saw it several years ago but I think they have moved to a larger facility now. Guess we'll have to make a return visit. Enjoy your time in the area!

Anonymous said...

You guys are having too much fun!!! The answer to your question...It could only get better if we were there! Ha. It looks like you're in good company, eating good food, and having good weather! Have a great time! We really enjoy the blogs!Love,Vickie