Monday, September 26, 2016

Elkhart, IN Sep 18-24, 2016 - Elgin, IL Sep 24-26, 2016

We needed some repairs done on the RV, so we stayed in Elkhart, Indiana for a a motel...while the repairs were done.  This town is all about RVs and Motorhomes.  The majority of RVs are built right here.  Elkhart is situated near the Amish country.  In fact, much of the cabinetry and furniture used in RVs are built by Amish workers.  They works right alongside the English workers and are an important part of the community.  After Elkhart, we went to Chicago to visit my sisterShari and her family.  It was a lot of fun seeing everyone!

These elk statues can be found all over Elkhart.  This one was right in front of the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame

The Riverwalk District Trail connects the Garden and Arts & Entertainment Districts in downtown Elkhart

We found this Artesian Well on our walk...I wish we could bottle it up and take it with us!!

We went on a self-guided driving tour called the Heritage Trail.  It took us through several nearby towns including Middlebury, Bristol and Shipshewana.

These Amish buggies can be seen in many areas.  We even seen them parked at the Kohls shopping center!

Linda met up with some more Instagram Friends.  We all had dinner in St. Joseph, Michigan, a quaint little beach town on the Lake Michigan coast.

Sunset over Lake Michigan seen from St Joseph, Michigan

We took a day trip to Chicago to visit our nephew A.J. ...He has a real nice apartment in a great area of town.  It's within easy walking distance to the train, shopping and restaurants.  Pretty cool!!

The RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame and Museum has a huge variety of historical RVs dating back to the very first RV from 1913

This Housecar was built for Mae West in 1931.  

The Heartland RV factory is looking at our RV to see what work needs to be done

They removed the bedroom slide-out, and peeled the front cap off...and cut out areas of fiberglass...They added lots of aluminum and steel reinforcements to keep everything more rigid.  They did a real good job.

Shari, John and the whole gang.  Thanks for inviting us over!  It was great seeing everyone again!

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