By Wednesday we knew the morning routine – out of bed by 8:00 and breakfast by 8:30 and then form a plan for the day. (Check out previous posts for our first 3 days at the FROG rally.) Tom decided to take a factory tour to see the Surveyor Travel Trailer made from the outside in. This was just one of the many factory tours that was offered by Forest River throughout the week.
I messed around the fairgrounds and stopped to photograph the lovely gardens dedicated to County Home Extension Agents. As a 30-year Home Ec teacher, I worked closely with our local Ohio State Extension Agents and always appreciated their family oriented knowledge.
As with every building on the Fairgrounds property, the home-base for the Extension Agents was surrounded by beautiful landscaping and memorials to people working in the Home Economics profession.
When Tom returned from his tour I decided to take advantage of the wonderful fabric opportunities in the area to go ahead and buy a backing for the glamping quilt top pieces that I bought yesterday. I figured yardage and talked Tom into taking me back to the same quilt stores in Shipshewana. Today we discovered the bargain basement where the fabrics were up to 50% off and I walked out with the perfect fabric for my quilt theme. The salmon pink fabric repeats girl talk: eat less . . . chew more . . .talk less. . . say more . . .love more. . . white less . . .breath more.
We also made a quick dash into the “Rise ‘N Roll” Amish bakery where I bought my favorite Amish bread loaf and Tom bough several bags of the tiny, tender, purple, popping corn that he and Caleb favor.
Driving back to the Fairgrounds we caught up to and passed some awful rain that was moving in our direction. We just got back to the camper as the storm hit. We had planned to tour the many new Forest River trailers and motor-homes that were on display, but within minutes we heard the tornado warning sirens go off and we jumped in the car, grabbed Tink in the R-POD Village, and headed for the bathroom severe storm shelter. We found Tink standing out in the middle of the road with dozens of other people gawking at the sky, and snapping pictures with her phone!
Within 30 minutes the danger was out of the area and we returned back to the camper to get ready for supper: Port-A-Pit chicken, sliced ham, green bean casserole, broccoli salad, coleslaw, roasted potatoes, Amish roll and chocolate cake!
Tonight, our third night at the FROG, everyone seems to be tired and retreating for an early night; Tom and I are tucked in and comfortably reading and enjoying a quiet evening and anticipating tomorrow's visit with Cousin Star Kintner.
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