(Goshen, IN) - It was a more relaxed day. It felt like the last few days dealing with our refrigerator issues were "work" days, so today was going to be an "off" day.
We had our coffee and headed to Middlebury for breakfast. A few of the RV'ers mentioned a little diner called Middlebury Hill. It's in a very plain looking building and is hard to find unless you know where it is. Their breakfast was awesome! We finally got something besides toast for breakfast.
After breakfast we went back to Shipshewana. We wanted to go to Menno-Hof, which is across the street from the flea market that we went to last week. Menno-Hof is a non-profit center that provides information about the faith and life of the Amish and Mennonites. It's done with many exhibits and multi-media displays. We took the tour, which was guided for some parts, and self-guided for the rest. Very informative, and very enjoyable!
Outside is this flower quilt. There are many locations in the county that have flower gardens arranged to look like quilts. They call it the "quilt tour."
I grew up in this area and was used to being around Amish people and their way of life. I had a very close Amish friend while in grade school, but never did go their house. It just wasn't allowed. You see them riding their buggies all over this area. Usually they're seen one at a time, but today we passed three in a row.
On the way back to Goshen we took a short detour to Millersburg, where the Carriage factory is located. We wanted to check out their "Courtesy Park" for Carriage owners. It's an RV park behind the factory with about 15 sites with full hook ups. It's mainly for those who are getting maintenance done at the factory, but anyone who owns a Carriage product can stay there for free. We were considering staying there for the three days before the rally when we have to leave the fairgrounds. But we already have our reservations at Elkhart where all our friends will be, so we decided to save the Carriage Courtesy Park for the next time we're in this area.
It was time to get home, but first we stopped at Walmart to resupply the refrigerator of the foods that we lost. We got our frozen meats that Bob and Molly were keeping in their freezer, so now everything is back to normal. We can have regular meals at home now.
Here's an example of how area businesses accommodate the Amish. This is a buggy parking area in the Walmart parking lot.