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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Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Alabama

Fort Gaines was established in the 1800’s and played a pivotal role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War.  It was also used during the Spanish American War.

The fort has been well preserved and now functions as a museum.  Visitors can learn about the battles fought at the fort and how French culture influenced the area.

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Gwen and I went to Dauphin Island, which is located in Mobile County, Alabama.  It’s connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge.

Dauphin Island was named after Louis XIV’s great-grandson.  He was the heir (the dauphin) and future Louis XV of France.

This is a beautiful place to visit, with white sandy beaches, Sea Lab – Estuarium, a military fort dating back to the 1800’s, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, walking trails, restaurants and places to shop.

Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley is an animal sanctuary near Mobile, Alabama.  The animals were rescued from poor living conditions and placed in the sanctuary.

As the name applies, there are a lot of alligators; however, they also have snakes, lizards, and turtles.

This is a fun place to visit.  You can feed the alligators, touch some of the animals, and learn a lot about reptiles in general.

 

Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for a while.  This was in the mid 90’s, so I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.  I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.

A few days later, I talked to my mom on the phone and told her the story.  She was not enthused.  I got a lecture about being safe and other stuff like that.