Back-to-Back rally weekends signal that we are in full-swing camping mode! The TAC (The Airstream Club) Amish Rally is a true signal that spring is here. This rally is a chance to circumnavigate the largest Amish community in the USA -- Holmes County, Ohio -- and do some serious Amishing.
We left the driveway at 9:30 a.m. and stopped for lunch in Loudonville at The Tavern.Getting back in the van we were ambushed by a cute little, short, round, man appearing to be an Amish-imitator who needed a lift. He literally was in our van before we could say "NO." Once in, he talked a mile a minute for one block ("I'm a people person, you know,") and then suddenly decided he needed to to get out and head north on Route 61. He hollered out his address 3 times so we could look him up sometime. An interesting encounter, but I am still not quite sure how it all happened!
Our entrance to Holmes County was a serious back-country drive on Route 39 out of Mansfield to the little community of Walnut Creek. Along the way, farm after farm of Amish charm!
We didn't care that the campground was new and didn't have developed shade trees yet -- we needed all the sun when we could get! The layout was perfect for lining up our silver ladies side by side, and the campsite comforts of electric poles, water, and sewer hook-up were all brand new along with new shower houses! Airstreams landed all day long Friday and Saturday. The total final count of 'Streams was eleven.
The first night Tom and I had a new menu on tap -- but the rain meant we needed to cook in the trailer instead of outside on the grill. I had made "onion bombs" -- little meatloaves corralled by onion halves. To keep the onion halves together I added an aluminum foil girdle around each bomb. I added little potatoes and carrots, poured some beef broth on top, covered with aluminum foil, and poached them gently for 30 minutes on the stove top. Next time I have vowed that I will add BACON GIRDLES instead of aluminum foil. Here was the end result.
That ended the first day and the prediction was for great improvement in the weather. Check back to see our nextt full day of Amishing.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown