Thursday, July 1, 2010

Tour of Shipshewana

Got up around 8:30….Fred too.   While John was surfing the web and reading blogs I made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  We have not had that in a while so I thought it would be a nice change.  I know I know …..this is not diet food. LOL

Our plan for today was to drive over to Shipshewana, IN and tour the Amish village.   On the way we saw numerous Amish people in transit with horse and buggies.  The first thing we did was take a 30 minute horse and buggy tour in an Amish buggy with an Amish tour guide.  His narration was interesting and the scenery was beautiful.  Our horse was so slow….we were passed by vehicles, people on bicycles and other horse and buggies.


This was Elliot.  He was the horse for the 7 minute tours.


Elliot waiting for people to load.


Barn with buggy parked inside.  We saw a  lot of these.


Buggy parked in driveway right next to a modern day basketball goal.  Seemed ironic to me. 


Most of the yards were landscaped like this one.  Beautiful flowers.


Area for buggy parking in the shopping village.


Hey look a miniature horse.  Now I might could ride that. LOL

After our horse and buggy tour we were off to find lunch.  Our choice was The Blue Gate Restaurant.  John ordered the Amish sampler plate.  It was loaded with fried chicken, pork roast, roast beef, potatoes and gravy, dressing, steamed carrots and a garden salad. Needless to say, that is a man’s meal.  I had the chicken pot pie lunch special with applesauce.  No room for dessert. We left the restaurant and walked through some of the shops in the village.  John found a lapboard for his dulcimer in the music shop.  The clerk was able to answer a lot of his questions regarding tuning and such.

The weather was still in the low 70’s today so we sat outside tonight.  John played the dulcimer for a little while and then we both sat outside and read until one of the neighbor campers came over.  We visited with him for a bit then came in before it got dark and bugs came out.

Remember to laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe.


  1. Shipshewana and the Amish in that area are quite an interesting study. We had planned to be in that area in Sept. but now our plans are to head to the Black Hills. One day we will spend a little time there. Sounds interesting.
    Mike and I love listening to dulcimer music. Didn't know John played. That is really cool. It is a beautiful sound. :)

    Take care!
    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  2. What a great day. There are many Amish communities back home in upstate NY where we're from. I've always been facinated with their lifestyle. Their workworking and sewing skills are awesome too.