Well, we have had a wonderful time on our Midwest sojourn so far.  Sunday morning, we left Holland, Michigan and started our trek down to Indiana.  Now, the point of our trip was to get to know the Midwest – its people, towns and countryside.  Well, you cannot get a good feel for a place if you stay on a busy highway, so we took rural routes which led us past small towns and beautiful countryside.



Below are some photos and observations from the past couple of days…




As we drove through Michigan, we went through a tiny town that didn’t have any place to stop off and eat, except for this little ice cream parlor.  So, we decided to indulge ourselves and order ice cream cones.  We each ordered a small size ice cream.  Imagine our surprise when they handed us a cone with 3 scoops of ice cream!!!  Now I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem ‘small’ to me.







It was overcast and a bit cold, but the view from our bed and breakfast was just beautiful.



As we ate breakfast, we saw the Amish farmer who lived next door, out in his fields along with his 6 draft horses.  Most Amish do not use power equipment for farming, so horses are necessary.



This old Amish farmer is fertilizing his field the old-fashioned way….with rotted manure from his cows.






His son was working hard too.  They will be planting corn in this field.





The quilts are beautiful and you can buy them in town or at some Amish farms themselves.


Many residents are impatient for spring to arrive as you can see from the sign.


We visited this Amish farm to see their toy woodworking shop.





Isn’t this a pretty bed for flowers? 



What is it about 3 scoops of ice cream in this area?






I must admit that I am in love with Whoopie Pies.  I had my first one last fall when I visited Amish country in  Pennsylvania.  I haven’t had one since, but I told myself that if I saw any in Indiana Amish country, that I would get one. I confess that I have been eating one while I am writing this….



Corn harvested last fall that is fed to the livestock.



I just love these beautiful Magnolia trees.



Sheep and horses share the field at this Amish farm.  Monday seemed to be the day for doing the wash.  You could see Amish clothes hanging out on the line.



The Amish could be found in your regular stores.  You did have to be careful where you stepped in parking lots and streets, just in case the horses left a little ‘surprise’.





We had a marvelous time.  The Amish community in Indiana is not as conservative as the one in Pennsylvania and as a result, you interact much more with each other.

THE OTHER EVENING, AS MY MOTHER AND I RETURNED TO OUR BED AND BREAKFAST, OUR HOST (A NON-AMISH WOMAN), HAD 3 OLDER AMISH WOMEN OVER AND THEY WERE WATCHING A TAPE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING.
IT WAS JUST SUCH A GREAT SCENE AND THEY WERE REALLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES VERY MUCH.

On our way out of Amish country, we stopped by an old-time pharmacy with a lunch counter in the back.  My mother and I ate our lunch there surrounded by the local Amish and Mennonite people. 
When I come away from visiting Amish country, I am struck at their simple way of life, their hard work and how they appreciate the little things in life.

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 We are off to our next stops in Central Indiana and then heading over to Springfield, Illinois.  
We are having a great time!
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

5 replies
  1. Darla
    Darla says:

    I too am enjoying this adventure very much! The country is gorgeous…the Amish fascinating, yummy three scoops of ice cream, whoopie pies looked delish as well and I love, love how your shirt matched the magnolia blooms!

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  2. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    When I was deep into making quilts and painting…I was so fascinated by the Amish. I'm so glad that you included this in your midwest trip. I'm enjoying seeing "my region" through your eyes. Balisha

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  3. Lona
    Lona says:

    I am glad you are enjoying your travels. I just wish the weather up here was better for you. There is a large Amish community in Ohio in the Sugar Creek area. We use to make a trip at least once a year to look at all of the crafts and antiques. I just loved the restaurants too. The best food.

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  4. jrdub
    jrdub says:

    Being from Michigan, I can tell you that Holland is a wonderful place. Too bad you missed the Tulip Festival… world famous! I love, love, love the Magnolia Tree. Reminds me of our Lilac tree we had that was right outside a bedroom window. Such heavenly scents in the spring!

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