Visiting Amish Country

When I arrived in Indiana, I realized my destination was near several Amish communities.  There are approximately 1,000 Amish families living in Daviess County, Indiana.

The Amish people in Daviess County operate several business, such as craft shops, furniture stores, fabric/quilt shops, and food stores.  They speak Dutch German as their first language and English as their second language.  The Amish population work hard to maintain their heritage and values of hard word, simplicity, and family relationships.

While I was there, I visited the Amish communities and shops.  I was also able to speak with a few of the Amish people.  I asked questions about their culture and belief system.  Everyone I spoke with was nice and willing to answer my questions.

I found the experience to be educational and thought provoking.

Can-Do-Attitude

My friend needed her Nissan Rouge hauled from Indiana back to Alabama.

I have a Jeep with an 8 cylinder, 5.7 liter engine, and a tow/haul package.  I also love road trips, so I volunteered.

As I was preparing for the trip, people kept asking me questions like:

“Do you know how to load a car onto a car dolly?” 

I have no clue.

“Have you ever hauled anything before?”

No, this will be my first hauling experience.  Basically, I have no idea what I am doing.  However, I do have a can-do-attitude and I will get this job done.  🙂

I am proud to report, I dropped off the Nissan last night and my trip was successful.

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Jacksonville, Florida

We arrived in Jacksonville, rather late.  However, we still wanted to walk along the beach  and wander around the downtown area.  Most places were closed and void of people, but we still enjoyed ourselves.

The best part was walking along the beach.  It was beautiful, even at night.  The sounds of the waves and the birds were crystal clear.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any good pictures.

The lights in downtown Jacksonville were lovely.  As I walked around the city, I thought about my next adventure.  I was going to board a cruise ship and go to The Bahamas, neither of which I had ever done before in my life.  I was full of excitement and curiosity.

 

 

The Metal Bull and the Plastic Dolphin

While driving to Jacksonville, Florida, Malia and I also passed a huge metal statue of a bull.  It was located in front of the Cattleman/Cattlewoman’s building in Pike County, Alabama.  For some reason, it struck me as funny and I took a picture.

We also encountered a plastic resin statue of a dolphin, which had a beautiful design painted along the side of the dolphin.

Both statues struck me as being unique pieces of art.

 

The Abandoned Hotel

Last Wednesday, Malia and I drove down to Jacksonville, Florida.  On the way, we had a few interesting adventures.

We found an abandoned hotel and decided to go exploring.  It was rather interesting.  The building was in horrible condition and there were numerous piles of trash.

As I walked through the place, I tried to picture what the hotel must have been like in the past.  Tourist and other types of travelers would stay at the hotel.  Families vacationed here and some people had fond memories of the place.

As the years progressed and the building was not maintained.  The cliental would change  and I am sure some horrible things happened at that hotel.

If the building could talk, what would it say?  Would it mourn its current state?  Would it feel lonely, now that it has been abandoned?  Would it feel anger toward the owner that neglected it?

 

 

Spring Break 2017 – Pensacola, Florida

We went to Pensacola for spring break this year and our favorite part of the trip was the Pensacola Lighthouse Museum.

Gwen and I climbed to the top of the lighthouse.  We walked up 177 steps (similar to walking up 12 flights of stairs).  Also, the staircase was narrow with holes in each step, so you could see all the way to the bottom while walking back down the stairs.

Museum Photos

Lighthouse View

Congratulations – We Did It

Beach Photos

 

Bird Photos

 

Trees and Plants

 

Hanging Out at the Hotel and Other Random Photos

 

It was a great trip, but we are all glad to be back home.