Tonight it is back to camping. Perhaps a shot of inspiration at the RV and Motorhome museum in Elkhart, Indiana was all we needed. Whatever it was, it's good to be back in the tent trailer. Linda slept well in the motel, but me, not so much. This seems like an interesting swap as originally I was the thought we be staying in motels every night. I guess I acclimated sleeping beneath the canvas roof.
|La Porte, Indiana|
From Merrillville, Indiana where we spent the night we first drove through La Porte and then on to South Bend.
At South Bend I toured the Studebaker Museum while Linda walked the grounds of the adjacent Oliver mansion. Linda enjoyed looking at the Oliver mansion and I enjoyed looking at the Studebaker displays.
|Studebaker, a force to be reckoned with|
It's safe to say that no one will be offering a model called
"The Dictator" anytime soon.
|Not so different from ours.|
After South Bend we traveled to Elkhart to tour the RV Museum. The museum displayed both modern RVs, and early RVs. Linda and I were both surprised to see that the museum displays of tent trailers looked much like the tent trailer that we are sleeping in every night. Perhaps ours belongs in a museum as well. I guess I'm just stuck in the past. At least I'm stuck in the 50's and 60's and not in the 70's where shag carpeting and harvest gold decorated the interiors of motorhomes.
|The "Long, Long Trailer."|
|Trailer Park Heaven|
The caption on the back says:
Elkhart, Manufacturer of band instruments
Land o' Goshen
|Fortified Police Booth in Goshen|
From South Bend we traveled to Goshen, Indiana. We looked at the street of downtown Goshen and compared it to the image on an antique postcard that we have. We also looked at the police booth that was designed to protect the city against gangsters. While this may sound like an overreaction, it was not. Indiana was close to Chicago and there were many brutal and vicious bank robberies of banks in Indiana. The city fathers of Goshen installed the police booth to protect the two banks in the city. Later, after the threat of gangsters had passed the police booth provided a convenient police presence downtown.
|Main Street Goshen today|
|Main Street Goshen 100 years ago|
Cade, an outstanding host at the oldest
Candy shop in town and a great
representative of Goshen!
|At the Olympia Candy Kitchen in Goshen, Indiana|
Blue Lakes Indiana
From Goshen we proceeded to our campsite in Blue Lakes, Indiana. This was a commercial campground. It was nice, but I continue to be amazed at the diversity of ways that people enjoy camping. Here people have moved in for the summer. The campground was similar in appearance to a village of summer cottages. Some of the RVs were surrounded by grass, outdoor barbecues, outdoor eating areas as well as drinking areas. I was intrigued, I'm sure that this goes on in Idaho and other places, but I'd not seen it before.
Tomorrow we will drive through Fort Wayne, Indiana and then it will be on to Ohio.
Our new friends, from Goshen... 2 of the 57
amazing life sized bronze sculptures by