Bixler Lake Campground is in Kendallville’s town park, and the trails leading out from the campground offered us opportunities to explore the lake and its entire perimeter. We also discovered that a short walk east of the park led to the Mid-America Windmill Museum. This museum was inspired by the local history of windmill manufacturing. In its heyday there was a concentration of over 70 manufacturers located with 80 miles of Kendallville, including the local Flint and Walling Co which still exists today (although its business has shifted to pumps).
After a (thankfully) uneventful departure from Bixler Lake, we pulled into Elkhart Campground an hour and a half later. We would be here for a couple of weeks, so we appreciated having full hook-ups in our pull-thru site. Since the Keystone plant was still closed until the following Monday, we continued to take time to explore the area.
We never expected to have company while we were here, but got surprised by a note from Donna Burkett that she and Loren would be passing through. We met them the next day at the RV, as they made their way home from PA. It was so good to see them, and we made a pitch for a winter trip to Jacksonville to visit the folks at Faith.
One Saturday, we drove to the shore of Lake Michigan to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park. This area has been a National Park for only a few years, preserving a diversity of ecosystems that was created by its location at the terminus of the huge glaciers that created the great lakes. The moving ice pushed along flora from far north in Canada and deposited it here along with the soil that became the huge dunes in the park.
We started our exploration by taking a hike between 2 homesteads that were preserved in the park – the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm.
Anyone who asked us why we were going to Indiana got the same answer, “We’re going to pick up chairs.” When the inevitable follow-up question came, a lengthy story followed, which we’ll share with you. When we purchased our new Cougar RV, one of the big selling points was the comfortable theater seats. However, it wasn’t just the fact that they were comfortable and reclined. During last year’s Cabin Work Week, Mary and Angie had sung the praises of their Cougar’s chairs that provided heat and massage after a long day of work. The brochures spread on the table when we entered the RV proudly announced this as a feature of all 2020 Cougar fifth wheels. However, when we had the chance to try them out, we couldn’t find any power and definitely no buttons to turn on heat or massage.
We celebrated Dave’s mom’s 90th birthday on the 16th, but unfortunately we didn’t get a piece of birthday cake. We heard it was very good. Cathy created a video to celebrate.