Gate Guarding

Gate Guarding

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Lunches with Friends and a Trip to Lake Michigan

…but first I need to back up a few days and catch ya’ll up. Last time I posted we were just getting started on the Escapade…wow, has that been 2 weeks ago already. How time flies.

We had a great time at the Escapade with several breakfasts, lunches & dinners out with friends, lots of card playing, and a few seminars thrown in. Mac won one of the Door Prizes on the 2nd night. He won a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Camping World…I’m gonna enjoy spending it for him…lol.

We had our final Happy Hour at Keith & Donna’s MH on Friday, Sept 17th before everyone started down the road in separate directions. We met Larry and Melissa Beahm, who are a musical act that played at the Escapade…they are very talented. Melissa’s maiden name is McHenry and was curious if her and Mac may be related!Maybe we will find that out.

On Sunday, we packed the RV up and got things ready to move into the motel later in the day.Our RV had to be taken to the Heartland  Factory on Monday morning to have some repairs done. We got all settled in the Jameson Inn….already not liking that we are away from our own bed.

Monday, we took the RV to the factory and just went back to the motel and kicked back. It sure was nice not having to do anything….just resting.

Tuesday, we met Chuck & Kathy in Shipshewana for lunch at the Dutchmaid Diner and then on to a little bit of shopping…Retail Therapy as our friend JB says.

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We sure didn’t add to the towns income for the day. After a little shopping, we headed over to the Menno-hof Museum. This is a wonderful place to learn the history of the Anabaptist….Mennonites, Amish.


This is from the Menno-hof website: Click here for website

Menno-Hof is a non-profit information center that teaches visitors about the faith and life of Amish and Mennonites. Located in Shipshewana, Indiana, Menno-Hof invites groups and individuals to learn about and experience Anabaptist history and lifestyle. Menno-Hof’s multi-image presentations, historical environments, and colorful displays take you on a fascinating journey inside the unique world of the Mennonites and Amish. See where the Anabaptists had their beginning in a Swiss courtyard and how they were persecuted for their faith in the dungeon. Travel with the Anabaptists down the cobblestone streets of Holland and board a 17th century sailing boat on a journey to America and freedom. Take a virtual tour for a glimpse of what Menno-Hof has to offer.



It was very interesting and I learned a lot that I did not know.

On Wednesday we headed back to Shipshewana to have lunch with Ed & Marilyn Dray at the Blue Gate Restaurant.


We haven’t seen them since last February in the RGV. We had a nice long visit and then parted ways with promises to meet up again next time we are close.

After lunch we went over to the Flea Market to walk off the lunch we had. I finally found the booth with the bowls that Kathy had told me about and bought a few.

On the way back to Elkhart we stopped at the Rise’ n Roll Bakery. They were about out of everything, which is a good thing, but we did manage to buy a container of their special Cinnamon Caramel Donut Holes. OMG these are wonderful. They just melt in your mouth!

Today, we were going to go over to Lake Michigan and look around.


My first Michigan Barn…


the colors are starting to change…it is sure getting pretty.




We didn’t leave until about noon, but it was a pretty short drive and we stopped in New Buffalo and headed for the City Beach first. You could almost think that you were on an ocean beach. No land in sight on the other side…wow.



After looking around, we headed back toward Elkhart with a stop in in South Bend, IN and also in Mishawaka. We had dinner at Five Guys Hamburgers…we love that place. It was a great day, and now we are back at the Motel trying to get things ready to pick up our RV in the morning and get it over to the RV Park for the weekend.

I think that about catches us up through today…Stay tuned for more adventures!!



Margie M. said...

I agree with you on the motel situation, but sometimes it just can't be helped. Still, we do love our RV's don't we! Sounds like a great couple of weeks you had at the rally and all of the fun activities with friends new and old. Take care!

Gypsy said...

The pictures show the area to be really pretty, and it sounds like there is so much to do. I always thought of Northern Indiana as a place I had to go through to get to Chicago, lol.