Trip to South Bend Indiana travel blog

Main Street New Buffalo Michigan

New Buffalo Harbor

Lake Michigan - It's BIG

New Buffalo native

Lake Michigan shoreline

Boardwalk on the beach

Goat friends at our RV Park

South Bend KOA

Donna with her Aunt and Uncle

Indiana Deer

Mark's House


Sunday, September 27 – New Buffalo, Michigan, Sue, Loretta & Eddie

Sunday morning we drove to the village of New Buffalo on the Lake Michigan’s shore. We parked the truck on the village’s main street and walked a short distance to the sand and surf. The pale blue sky met the dark blue immense of Lake Michigan all along the horizon. While I scanned the sand for shells, Scott pondered the advantages of keeping a boat in fresh water. We met a man who swept the boardwalk and acted as an informal beach host. We ate at a local restaurant recommended in a brochure then drove to an antique shop called Da Barn where I purchased my Michigan souvenir, a small white step stool.

Back at the RV park I fed my two goat friends before we drove to Sue’s house for a family BBQ.

Monday, September 28,

Yesterday’s summer weather changed overnight to fall as the temperature dropped to the 50s, rain fell and the wind blew leaves from the trees. On the way to Mark’s house I had Scott stop the truck to photograph a family of native Indiana deer. They seemed rather stiff, as if they were rooted to the ground, but their countenances were friendly and they were great at keeping still

I took photos of Mark’s house (Sue, I apologize as I forgot to take pictures of your lovely home and yard) and we drove to South Bend’s Center for History. Mark joined us as we toured the 38 room stone mansion and its carriage house built by the founder of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works. Built in 1895-96, Copshaholm is a Romanesque Queen Anne house designed by New York architect Charles Alonzo Rich. The furnishings on all three floors are original, giving visitors a remarkable glimpse of how the mansion appeared during the 72 years the Oliver family lived there. Oak, cherry and mahogany woodwork are found throughout the house that Scott found very impressive. Leaded glass windows and 14 fireplaces add to the beauty of the house. Sorry, no photos allowed inside the mansion.

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