Holiday USA 2016
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Day 1: Chicago, Mission "free Hollie" Day 1   (Sunday 31st July 2016)
Monday 1st August 2016

A visit with our Amish friends.

Ian slept well but my silly head cold kept me awake : (
The Americinn offered a great breakfast but we settled on juice, A muffin & banana to go..

A long drive through corn heaven towards Harmony & its famous amish community.
The sweetcorn crop is currently being gathered & roadside stalls groan under the weight of their wares, priced at various levels, the most bizarre being 12 dollars for 4 dozen..not sure who would want 48 fresh ears of corn.

We had a self guided tour via a CD Ian had bought in advance from Harmony.
Our knowledgable tour guide took us from 1 rural home to the next, giving the names of the farming families & their trades, highlighting schools & imparting a fascinating glimpse at the archaic life style & customs of these devout folk.
we stopped at a couple of their craft shops, ( a shed next to their farmhouse ) and were served by a lady in full amish outfit , bare feet , bonnet & all .

The amish do not allow photography, but we got a shot of the family car.

I'm not sure many people were lucky enough to have this experience, most of the other visitors were clustered round the gaudy , non amish owned gift shops in town.

Our audio guide told us much about how the Amish came to settle this area, why they dislike technology & that they will use hospitals & neighbours cars if an emergency occurs , but revert back to the old ways once a crisis is over.

Julies cafe , great food & lots of meaningful slogans on the walls.

A beer at lunch time .. well I am on holiday!

Another rural 3+ hr drive for Ian to Taylors falls, our hang out for tonight & the overlook suite at The old Jail house.

A full size gas pump at the top of some very " health & safety " crazy paved steps.

Very atmospheric suite , this is my bed, Ians room is at the back of the propery just off the bathroom, the whole place has a slightly creaky , wobbly  and creepy air to it.

Finally an explore of the tiny village & a couple of beers in Romaynes bar & grill, we nipped over to the Chisago house restaurant for a spot of tea between beers & a lovely chat with Miss Hollie who is ony 3.5 hrs away from us now ..Whoop Whoop !!!

Counting the hours til we meet up !

Goodnight reader xxx

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"Nice to see you too were wearing your best Amish clothing! Needed some of hollies current wardrobe. " - Miss M

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