While we didn’t have a full day of activities planned, there was enough to keep us busy. After coffee in the motorhome, Kay joined many others for a morning stretch session led by fellow Alaska and the Yukon caravaner, John; the number of participants was surprising, and all seemed to benefit with relief from aches and pains. For the rest of us, it was coffee and conversation. At 9 AM, a heavy continental breakfast was served and consisted of sweetened fruit, biscuits, and sausage gravy; in attempting to lose weight, we couldn’t eat this great looking food. Following breakfast, we received a welcome by the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds, and a tourism pitch from Elkhart County. There are some pretty neat things to do up here in northern Indiana, the RV capital of the world, and home of the 2nd largest Amish population in the US. Quilts and quilt gardens are a big thing, and we look forward to doing the quilt garden tour in the next day or two.
We adjourned back to the motorhome for egg substitute, ham, and tomatoes—not too bad if you’re hungry.
Three seminars were held in the afternoon. The first was a demonstration of Bread In A Bag. A local lady makes, packages, and distributes various bread mixes, and she did a demonstration of mixing the dough and served several samples. Though we didn’t try any, those who did said they were very good. She was followed by a talk on traveling to Alaska by RV given by Richard and Virginia, our tailgunners on the Alaska and the Yukon caravan. Richard and Virginia have been to Alaska 5 times, and are definitely authorities on traveling there in an RV. I was supposed to show pictures they had taken, and tried the projector/computer combination at home and it worked perfectly—not to be here. After fiddling with it for several minutes, it finally began working, BUT their pictures were individual files and I could not project them in a slide show so ended up using mine, and felt really bad about it because Virginia had taken many great photos. Surprisingly, there were not too many questions and answers. We concluded that traveling to Alaska is too adventuress for most. If the good Lord is willing though, we intend to do it again in a couple of years. The last seminar for the day was a show and tell by Les (our wagonmaster on the Alaska and the Yukon caravan) of the Tournament of Roses Parade. He showed many photos of the parade, pre-parade preparations, and post-parade displays, and discussed costs and logistics. He was with a caravan and expressed disappointment in as much as money seemed to be the driving force, with cost cutting measures implemented across the board.
Following an early dinner of grilled beef and vegetables on our own (good, but the beef was tough), we drove to Middlebury to tour Dutchman Essenhaus, a mixture of Amish style restaurant, bakery, shops, convention center, and well manicured grounds featuring one of the quilt gardens on the Elkhart County tour, and a covered bridge. We managed to visit the bakery and ALL the shops, walked the grounds, and took many photos.
The remainder of the evening was spent catching up on this journal, and making reservations for camping on our trip home.