It’s All About the Journey— Not The Destination— Sunday, August 8, 2010

August 8, 2010 - 2:02 pm 1 Comment

This morning we left our RV park around 9:30 a.m. because we were only driving 120 miles today to Iowa City. Tomorrow morning we have an appointment at the HWH Leveler Plant to have our hydraulic levelers serviced before heading home. We thought the day would be a boring one because we are driving through the cornfields and soybean fields of Iowa.

I named this entry as I did because it occurred to me in the last few days that we’ve seen so much more than Alaska on this trip. At the beginning of the trip, we only spoke of Alaska. But we have seen so much and done so much other than our visit to Alaska. It just goes to show that you must enjoy every single day and whatever that day brings. Some days are more interesting than others, but it’s still part of the journey.

In that vein of thought, we saw a sign that advertised a little community of villages called the Colonies of Amana. Sounds interesting. From the advertisements it appeared that these were colonies of German origin. So we reached the exit and decided to spend some time in the area. The first stop was the Ox Yoke Restaurant for lunch. There were a lot of local cars here so we thought that was a good sign. We had a wonderful lunch of broasted chicken, and they served the vegetables “family style” meaning they brought bowls of several different things to the table. We had fruit salad, broccoli salad, home baked bread with homemade strawberry jam, green beans, REAL creamed potatoes and gravy, and chicken. Goodness, it was such a treat to have such a home cooked meal.

After lunch and reviewing the visitor information, we drove the 17 mile loop road of the Amana colonies. In 1855 a minister and his followers from Germany came to Iowa and built a village. Several villages were built close together and they are called Amana, meaning “remain true” from the song of Soloman. The community came to about 26,000 acres. Farming was the principle means of support, but to meet the needs of the community and to produce goods for sale to outside markets, craft shops, wool mills, flour mills, and several other enterprises were built. Their way of life originally was “communal” but that lifestyle was abandoned in 1932 but the communities remained.

We visited several shops and bought a few things. You see from one photo we sat in the largest solid walnut rocking chair in Iowa. We bought some meats and cheese. We visited a wonderful wood working shop and bought a couple of items. The weather is extremely hot now and it’s difficult to move around in it. We are so thankful that we had such mild temperatures for most of our trip.

We are close to being home, but even to the end of the trip, we are still enjoying every single day. The journey continues.

Stay tuned. Bonnie

One Response to “It’s All About the Journey— Not The Destination— Sunday, August 8, 2010”

  1. sheila Says:

    Hey Trotters, So good to speak with you on Friday, though a sad bit of news, wonderful to hear from you. I actually could not wait to get home to catch up on your awesome journey. The time with Ben was truly the best!! The smiling pics told the story. This trip, just amazing, but I can’t wait until next year. Dude I love the “HIPPEY LOOK” love you guys be careful and I’ll see you when you get home. sheila

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