It’s already the middle of June and we have just returned from another great rally. We had a wonderful time at the Region Six Rally at Shipshewana, IN. While there we, as usual, ate too much.
Chuck and Michelle Steenwyk, the Region Six Directors, provided a wonderful meal at the beginning of the rally. Chuck’s pulled pork was a culinary treat and Michelle’s cornbread pudding is always a favorite. Everyone was excited to be back together with many members of our NKK family.
We had viewed the RV and Trailer Hall of Fame Museum years ago and were amazed to see the new additions and enjoyed the walk back through memory lane. We’re looking forward to seeing the new addition of model home displays, when it is completed.
Beth found that Ben’s Amish dill pickle and muenster cheese wrapped in pretzel dough served with Amish peanut butter was her new favorite. Bill was more impressed with the pretzels that were smothered with cheese and pepperoni. During some free time, we went to Linton’s Gardens and rode the kiddie train around the lake viewing the very impressive variety of plants and trees. Beth wanted to buy a redbud tree to take home; but since the smallest one was twice her height it would not fit in either the car or the motorhome. She did purchase every bottle of pickle soda they had in stock. You could say that she had a dill-lightful time.
The group attended an Amish Thrashers Dinner at the Miller’s residence, which was amazing. After the meal, we engaged in a question and answer session with our hosts. They explained some of the Amish traditions, misconceptions, and realities of Amish life. No question was too personal to be answered. Before leaving, we purchased a cookbook written by Linda Miller, the mother, so we could recreate some of the delicious food.
As everyone seems to know, no trip to Shipshewana is complete without a visit to the Flea Market. We had never been there before and spent a very enjoyable afternoon. Due to the size of the market, we opted to rent scooters. Bill is a veteran of scootering, but Beth being a “newbie,” was taking the amusement park ride approach as she was heard giggling through the displays. No humans or animals were harmed as a result of her adventure. She had such a good time, her shopping skills were negatively affected and my basket was filled before hers. She actually had to carry some of my goodies. It’s our new version of “Supermarket Sweep.” We look forward to an early return. This is the only trip we have shared, when Beth has not purchased a new pair of shoes.
The Ohio Rally at Willow Lake RV Park was our next Newmar adventure. It provided even more new experiences for us. Geneva on the Lake has a carnival-like atmosphere with more wineries and covered bridges that we could count. We drove to two lighthouses and saw miles of beaches along the beautiful Lake Erie coastline.
For the first time in years, we played putt-putt golf and a scramble was a first for us both. We never realized that putt-putt golf could be considered an exercise program, but we found that we need to sharpen our squatting skills. Although we were apprehensive about going, it turned out to be a fun morning that we will never forget. Our hosts, Jill and Bob Peasley, were very patient with our lack of skills and made us feel good about the experience.
As always, the meals were delicious and the company was engaging. After dinner, Jill added a new game to our repertoire, Bunco. It’s a fast paced fun dice game. Beth was the ultimate loser, but she won a $25.00 gift certificate as a consolation prize.
In just a few weeks we will be headed to Lewisburg, WV for the 35TH International Rally. Beth is busily putting the finishing touches on two craft classes and preparing for the craft sale and a couple possible entries in the craft show.
Bill is getting the London Aire ready for both the International Rally and the WV State Rally, immediately after. Hopefully, another tow truck is not in our future.
We have a couple of issues for the competent mechanics from Newmar to take care of at Lewisburg. We’re sure they will do their usual magic and we’ll leave with all issues resolved.
As you can tell, it’s been a busy spring and we look forward to an even busier summer as we return to circulation after COVID. We hope to see you down the road.
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Beth & Bill White (20471)
West Virginia State Directors