Spartans Forever

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Today we are relaxing at our daughter's house in Kalamazoo, where she promised me two ply tp.  It is the little things in life that make a difference.  We arrived after a two day ride from Warsaw through the immaculate fields and farms of the Amish.  Gotta love the Amish!  We rode over 20 miles up highway 5 with shoulders wide enough to accommodate their carriages.  One minor problem they are horse drawn carriages.
We were not aware of the town of Shipshewanna in the heart of Amish country.  This is the merchantile capital for the area Amish. The imbrasion of capitalism was more than evident.  This was a busy and very congested area where you could buy funiture, iron works, leather goods, quilts, home made fresh and canned goods, eat at a variety of restaurants, sleep in a variety of inns.  We were not aware of this town but it seems to be popular for miles around.  The couple in the motel room next to us came over from Ontario to go to Shipshe as we saw it shortened.
We celebrated as we entered Michigan the first time--there was no sign but the first people we saw when we felt we had entered the state confirmed we had crossed the state line and offered to take our picture.  We had planned to stay in Sturgis, MI but learned we needed to go back to Indiana to get a motel.  We liked celebrating entering Michigan so much that we did it twice.
Kim has been a wonderful hostess.  The best thing was the corn on the cob cooked on the grill along with pork chops. We had ridden past many produce stands with corn on the cob for sale and it sounded so good.
Today we had a visit from one of my school mates, Bill Mollema, from K thru 12. I knew him best when he was still Billy.  It was a fun visit!  We have done laundry once again and will leave tomorrow heading towards Lansing making it a two day trip.  Tenting tomorrow.

No comments:

Post a Comment