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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Arriving in Elkhart Indiana…

Sunday morning we were up and on the road headed to our destination of Elkhart, IN. We are caravanning with Kevin & Arlene. The trip was pretty uneventful. The roads were really bad due to road construction and the traffic was a little heavy south of the Chicago area.

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We pulled in to The Elkhart Campground around 1:30 and were welcomed with lots of hugs from friends were are meeting here for the Gypsy Journal Rally. Donna & Keith and Jim & Ellie and Mark & Dortha prepared dinner of Hamburgers, Brats, Hamburgers, salads, and dessert for us since we traveled today…Thank you so much! It was very nice not having to worry about dinner. We sat and visited until it started getting dark and the mosquitoes drove us all inside.


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Monday some of us headed out to RV Distributors, which is an RV Surplus store. We looked around but didn’t find much that we needed…some extensions for our downspouts. Back at the campground we just hung out. Our other good friends, Donnie & Karen and Chuck & Kathy had arrived so the rest of us prepared dinner for them…we had grill your own choice of meat and salads, and some yummy desserts. We all got caught up. Talked until the bugs drove us all inside again…seems to be a pattern


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Tuesday, we were all going to Shipshewana to the Flea Market. We rode with Chuck & Kathy with Kevin & Arlene following. We had decided to stop at the Rise and Roll for a sandwich before going to the Market.

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That place is very dangerous. They have fresh pastries, donuts, cake, cookies, fresh Wheat bread, and much, much more. We had our sandwiches and bought some Apple Fritters, and some Wheat bread and were off to the Market. We didn’t stay long because we had a Baked Potato Supper planned with Molly & Bob and Jim & Dee coming over from Goshen to join us. We passed by some Amish houses and farmers working their fields…

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Then we were back at the campground…

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We had a great meal and Mark & Dortha, Jim & Ellie, and Jim & Dee were adopted into the Escapees Class of 2007.

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Lots of story telling and jokes being told….but eventually the darkness and mosquitoes got the best of us.

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Wednesday we were up and were going to go out to Focal Wood to look at some Desk/Dining Table options that we wanted for the RV. We have heard about this place and the owner, Carlyle Lehman, from many of our friends and we wanted to check it out. We were going to ride with Chuck & Kathy because they had chairs that they needed to pick up.

So before we could head out there…Mac realized that our truck was leaking water from the radiator, at least that’s what he thought….so they followed us to the Ford Dealer so we could drop the truck off to be looked at.

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Now we were headed toward Focal Wood but decided to stop and have a sandwich at “The Red Barn'” which is a huge building with booths set up inside. This place is beautiful and sadly it will be closing its doors on September 4th due to slow business…

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Chuck having a donut…lol

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we looked around for a few minutes…these are photos of the building and how it was being built…amazing

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and then headed out to our main destination…Focal Wood. We talked to Carlyle, and then decided to order the desk/table unit and also a small coffee table. I have included a photo of one of his units. Ours will look similar to this only in the Cherry stain.

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We decided that we better get started back toward Elkhart because we were having a Mexican food potluck for dinner, but first we wanted to see the Elkhart Fairgrounds where the Escapees Escapade will be starting on September 12th. We drove over to the fairgrounds and stopped to see Bob & Molly for a few minutes. Back at the campground we got our food prepared and had a wonderful dinner. Lots of visiting and laughing going on again…it wasn’t the bugs that ran us inside, but the chilly air…

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and no one could find the Banana Pudding…uh oh..there it is…Donnie was finishing it off…lol

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Today we are going to the RV and MH Hall of Fame Museum. This should be fun. Also, we need to pick up our truck sometime today…


Stay tuned for more adventures from Elkhart, Indiana…



KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

You guys are having wayyyy too much fun! and sure wish we were there too!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

Kathy and Robert said...

It's so cool to see all of you in the same place! Makes all this blogging come together! Sure hope to attend one of these soon. Enjoy!