Awesome Arcola

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 012016

Note: This story first appeared in the September-October, 2008 issue of the Gypsy Journal. Located just off Interstate 57 in central Illinois, the charming and friendly community of Arcola was one of those rare gems we love to discover. A place where hippies, rag dolls, and Amish buggies are all part of the landscape The […]

Aug 092014

I’ve had three different blog readers ask me if we have seen Lebanon Levi or any of his cohorts from the Amish Mafia television series, which is supposedly set in nearby Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. No, but I’ve never seen the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus either. This stupid “reality” series is about as far from […]

Buggies & Hot Rods

 Posted by at 1:11 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 162011

There are large communities of Amish and Mennonites in this part of northern Indiana, and we always enjoy driving the back roads east of Elkhart, admiring the tidy Amish farms, seeing the horse-drawn buggies, and just enjoying a ride in the country. Yesterday afternoon, Greg and Jan joined us for a ride out to Shipshewana, […]

Sep 082010

This part of northern Indiana is a stronghold of the Amish people, and wherever you travel around the communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, and the surrounding area, you are likely to see Amish women  in their simple handmade dresses, their heads covered in white kapps, and men wearing black straw hats or stocking caps. There […]