|Today was a busy one. We got up early; not as early as some of my friends back home, but time enough to get to the Shipshewana Flea Market (the largest flea market in the Northwest). It was 44 degrees when we got up, but by noon it was 80 degrees; a beautiful day. The flea market was the nicest one we've been to, even bigger & better than the Webster Flea Market in Florida. They had a special parking area for bikes used by the Amish people & another area for the horse & buggies. There were many Amish & Mennonites selling their goods & some others were shopping. The children looked so cute in their attire; boys with straw hats & girls & women in long dresses & bonnets. There were gorgeous flowers, plants & garden items for sale; too bad we weren't on our way home to take advantage of the great selection. There were many great & different items & the vendor booths were nicely laid out. Bought several items I couldn't resist. We left for the shops of Shipshewana, The Marketplace & lunch at the Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery. Lunch was very good, but the baked goods looked really delicious. I can't believe we walked away buying no goodies. Let the diet continue! The area has many furniture & woodcrafters stores & the merchandise is high quality with reasonable prices. We also went to Yoders Meats & Cheese. The selection was super; I checked out the meats & preserves. Ed checked out the cheese. Yuk!! We then drove to Elkhart, 20 minutes away, to the Heartland RV plant. We took a tour of the facility. They were building the BigHorns (the RV we have) and the Landmarks. It was very intersting; they produce 15 trailers per day at this plant. Ed will now be sporting a new BigHorn cap. Now that alone was worth the 800 mile trip!! Indiana is the home of many RV manufacturers. Jayco has a huge facility with a huge inventory. On our way back to the campground, we rode the backroads. Can you belive that one? From what we've seen, this is a beautiful part of the state. The large farms are well maintained with beautiful homes. The homes are either new or prestine old ones. Many properties belong to the Amish & have buggies in their driveway or garage. I noticed a lot of women working in the garden, hanging laundry & mowing the lawn. I mean using push mowers on lawns that make mine look like a postage stamp. After another walk around the campground, it was time for a little R & R. It was a great day in Indiana & to think this was an unplanned stop according to our original itenerary!!