Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Indiana - Part I

Hubby and I spent 9 days in Indiana this past week, and enjoyed visiting family that we've not seen in 10+ years. We had a fabulous time and got to visit many neat places. The most amazing place for me was visiting Amish country. What a different way of life. So simple and orderly. Below is a video hubby took of an Amish buggy heading to the gas station. Why? I haven't a clue. All the buggies were black. All of them.


I cannot imagine this being my only mode of transportation. These buggies were all over the place and many were driven by women. A fascinating world we live in.

We traveled here on Monday and you can tell the Amish houses as they are all white. No trim at all, just white. There were also tons of clothes drying on their clotheslines too. Must have been wash day.

It seemed to me that everything in the Amish world was either black or white.
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29 comments:

  1. But this Amish horse was black. I'm confused now. I'll be wondering about that all day now.

    Have a lovely day, Sandee! big hugs xoxo

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  2. I am going to Amish country today for my first time ever to have a meal at an Amish house! I am so excited!!

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  3. What a fun trip! We have Mennonites here and they are similar to the Amish. White houses, buggies, no curtains, and on Sat they all sell good stuff like veges, baked goods, etc.

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  4. Lots of color in Amish quilts. There are times I wish I could live that simple life. There is a certain beauty and peace with it.

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  5. When I was growing up in Cleveland, in the country where I went riding horses, there were lots of Amish people. They are pretty interesting. Don't know why everything is black or white. Glad you had such a good time.

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  6. Growing up in El Paso, we had the Mennonites come up from Chihuahua to sell their cheese on the streets. Great cheese, strange people. But you have to admire them, it's better to believe in something, than to believe in nothing.

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  7. we spent a good bit of time in lancaster pa where there are LOTS of amish. once we were following a buggy with two little boys in the back and they flipped us off!

    smiles, bee
    xoxoxoxoox

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  8. Maybe the horse was selling gas.

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  9. What part of Indiana were you in? I have family in Elkhart and there are a lot of Amish around there. It's pretty interesting, the way they live and such.

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  10. Iowa has the Amana Colonies. Your first photo could have as easily been there, as Indiana.

    I have a memory of a 'going away' lunch relatives threw me when I had visited them in the summer of 1980, and we had that lunch at a simple Amish restaurant in the heart of the Colony. The food was as if I was sitting down at home...and the young blonde-haired, blue-eyed waitress who smiled at me the whole time I was there...*sigh*.

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  11. Their way of life reminds me of my youth and my grandfather's home---no electric, no running water, an out house. Life was much simpler and I think better. Now we are all in a rush to get nowhere.

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  12. Feel like settling down with Amish people for a simple living.
    Have a great day!

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  13. Welcome home! Did you notice their houses are easy to spot too because there are no power lines. They do not use electricity. Which is very fascinating to me. No tv, no lights. You get to bed early, you rise earlier to begin your day. I could get used to that life. But the No deodorant thing would be the end of it. We've had a group or two in our office for conferences (they were actually inspected by us as they were doing construction or something) and the room had to be fumigated after the gentlemen left. Just awful sweat smell. Ok, I've shared too much!

    Hope you had a lovely visit. Enjoy your day.

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  14. Hi Sandee,
    I am glad that you and your husband got to have a good time with relatives in Indiana. Visiting the Amish country must have been interesting.
    Judy

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  15. That horse and buggy looks like it belongs in a funeral procession to me :)

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  16. We have lots of those Amish buggies running around here all the time. There's also an Amish store not far from my house.

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  17. The Amish people are really living a simple life it seems. But it's not so simple to keep the simple things anymore, they are gettng scarce.

    We visit the Amana Colonies in Iowa quite often as my sister lives nearby.

    The Jims' visit to the Amana Colonies, Iowa
    ..

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  18. Willy has always been fascinated by these people. They live almost as simple a life as Willy does.

    10-4 Willy

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  19. Don't they have some belief about colors being too extravagant?

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  20. Fascinating indeed!! Interesting place..can't wait for more of your Indiana posts :D

    Have a nice day Sandee!

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  21. My hometown in VA started getting an influx of Amish citizens recently. The only place I've seen them has been in Wal-Mart. Are they allowed to shop there? :)

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  22. you never fail to amuse me. may it be a little serious or totally hilarious!
    God bless you!

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  23. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

    We had a documentary on here a few months ago about the Amish community over there it was like a different world, one thing I did notice is the kids were very polite and well behaved.

    Have a great day :-)

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  24. I don't know why I always forget that there are Amish in more places than Pennsylvania. Zane got some great shots but I would have expected nothing less from your talented hubby!

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  25. I have never in all of my life seen any Amish people... I don't know if there any in the UK. It is amazing that they still live much the same way they did hundreds of years ago...

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  26. This is really interesting. I have never been to Amish county. Does if feel funny being in a car?

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  27. Those horses leave behind fowl smells with their droppings! It is definitely a different way of life.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  28. They are everywhere here Sandee, and we have had some horrible accidents in the past with people hitting them, and it just makes my heart break when I hear of another tragedy with a horse and buggy and the family involved. It is something to go on the outskirts of town and see all of them at the Walmart lined up, or at the farm supply all hooked up and lined up. I know this may sound a bit rude but they even have a pooper scooper person at Walmart for the horses, lol! It is so awesome though. Goshen and Elkhart have allot of history behing them and Nappanee Indiana is Amish country big time, Shipshewana Indiana is almost all Amish, it is so neat, I love it. There is allot of wonderful history here. I hope you guys had a wonderful trip :)

    ((HUGS))

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  29. Wow, what a different way of life! I don't think I could live like the Amish, but I bet we could all learn a thing or two from them about the simpler way of life! Sounds like you had a great vacation!

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