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Oct 5, 2019 - Octoberfest

We arrived in Amana, IA in time for Octoberfest this weekend. I thought that the Amana Colonies were an Amish settlement. It turns out that Amana was settled by a sect of German Christians in the 1840’s. They moved to Iowa from New York where they originally settled when they came to America from Germany to escape religious perrsecution. They established 6 villages - Amana, East Amana, West Amana, South Amana, High Amana, and Middle Amana. A seventh village, Homestead, was added later to provide access to the railroad. In the villages,...

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Oct 3, 2019 - Heading North Again

We left the St. Louis area today, but not before we got together with friends from the 87th IDLA for dinner. We had a nice dinner at Bella Milano in Edwardsville. It's always great to get together with folks you consider part of an extended family. We are covering the same ground we drove last week on our way to St. Paul. We drove to Amana< IA where we will be staying for the next week. We need to wait for some packages to be delivered with mail from home and and front wheel covers for Winnie. I finally found a place where I could just buy...

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Aug 10, 2019 - Amana Colonies, IA

Amana As we near the end of this year’s journey (a.k.a. crossing east of the Mississippi) I have a few observations that stand out. Most of the people we met are really nice and decent people, everyone wondering what is to become of us all. Iowa has miles of corn and soybean fields, none of them worth much right now. I was struck by the contrast of the countries we have visited (there aren’t very many) in the size of the farms. People will make yard art out of almost anything. We saw R2D2 painted on a 100 lb propane tank, two home heating...

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One Day @ a Time

Oct 5, 2018 - Amana Colonies

Headed south into Iowa to visit Amana Colonies. These are old Germanic communal colonies East of Des Moine that were established in the mid 1800s. Listened to polka music (Barefoot Becky), drank beer and wine, and visited shops. Mary enjoyed visiting the wineries and buying the local "grape juice". We will be here a week taking in the local culture. We arrived just before the storm, but as I'm writing this, the rains have begun. Heading g back down the street tomorrow to continue celebrating Oktoberfest.

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Up and Rovin

Oct 2, 2018 - Shades of gray, brown, and green

An 8 hour day on the road brought me gray skies, brown landscape from either fields reaped, or fields ready to be harvested. But I saw honest to goodness green grass and green deciduous trees! Traveling along I-80, Nebraska is flat but Iowa has rolling hills. The road is in good condition except for Omaha! While there is road construction going on, they need a lot of it! Glad I didn't stop in this area for the night. I didn't see anything appealing - sorry Nebraskans! The campground at Amana is big but muddy right now, with flooded plains...

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Jul 19, 2018 - The Amana Colonies

Today we crossed the Mississippi River for the last time on this trip. I always find it so impressive, no matter how many times we drive on its shores, cross the river by bridge or walk across the river at the headwaters in Minnesota. There is just something very special about the Mississippi. Here are some interesting facts. It’s 2,320 miles long. From the source of the river in Northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico the river drops 1475 feet in elevation. And my favorite fact is that it takes 90 days for a drop of water to travel the...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Willkommen

I fell in love again on Wednesday the 27th. I had heard of the Amana Colonies and since several people said they had not been overly impressed, I wasn't expecting a lot. What I was really looking forward to was an authentic weiner schnitzel in a real German restaurant. Before I got to the Ox Yoke Inn, though, I fell in love with Amana. I only had a couple of hours so didn't have the chance to go into the numerous, charming little businesses which, of course, probably saved me some money. The town was enchanting. A couple of the photos which...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Visiting the Amana Colonies

We went into Amana Colony. On the way we passed Lily Lake. Neither of us had ever seen water lilies with such a large flower, nor had we ever seen a lake with shore to shore lilies. Arriving at Amana Colony, we wandered around shopping in the stores. We had lunch at one of the German Restaurants. The food was delicious especially the chicken noodle soup with real homemade noodles - yum. We stopped at the smoked meat house and purchased some smoked pork chops which we had for dinner. They were outstanding and made us wish we had bought more....

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Canadian Trip

Aug 11, 2017 - Elkhart and Amana

Stopped 2 nights in Elkhart and for those of you who are not RV enthusiasts, Elkhart is the manufacturing capital of the world for RVs. We could not get into Jayco, Forest River, after many calls and being forwarded and then a promise of a call back, never called back, Thor just show up at 3 PM and NexusRV just come anytime from 8 to 5 and we will be glad to help you. Saw the whole production line of Nexus and Debi and I were both very impressed with their quality, workmanship and presentation. If you had a question for a worker on the line...

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Aug 10, 2017 - Off to Amana

We traveled to Amana, Iowa today. We stopped outside of Des Moines at a Flying J to fuel and have lunch. They had a cute diner called Max's Diner all decorated like an old soda fountain with U shaped eating areas with stools. We had really good hamburgers and GREAT fries - hot and crunchy. We arrived at the campground a little after 3:00pm. We have been here before. It is a huge campground in what is basically a field but they do have full hook-ups. There is a big FMCA Rally here this weekend so there are many more RVs here than the last...

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Canadian Trip

May 29, 2017 - Amana Colonies, IOWA

We decided to stay at the Amana Colonies RV park over memorial day weekend since it can be difficult to travel over holiday weekends. The German food here is fabulous. Friday we ate breakfast at one of the German restaurants in Amana, Saturday we went to the IOWA80 Truck stop and Museum. Seeing the old trucks was fascinating. Sunday we drove to IOWA ciity and had breakfast. Monday we went to the IOWA Renaissance Festival in Middle Amana.

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Alaska II

Oct 18, 2016 - Amana Colonies, Iowa

2016-10-18. Amana Colonies and Illini State Park When we were in Cedar Rapids, IA at the beginning of this trip, someone suggested that we visit and/or stay near the Amana Colonies. So, we decided to stop for the night and stay at Amana Colonies RV Park, one of the largest we have seen located in the middle of what obviously had been a cornfield and boasting 400+ sites. Long, level sites with full hook up but no shade to be found. I would like to and will return to the Amana Colonies next time we are driving through Iowa to spend time...

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