Tuesday, July 21, 2009


We woke up in downtown Elkhart IN, with the river on our right and downtown on our left. We hung out for a while when we first got up. Mar was working and Bernie was doing some woodwork.

A little later we looked out our window and saw a coffee shop called The Grind. We decided to go take a look. Upon entering we were struck by this hip place. There was cool artwork on the walls, comfy couches, and bookshelves with books, magazines, and games. We could have spent hours there.

Then we walked to the RiverWalk. This is a fun walk along the Elkhart River. On the way there we found one of the quilts of the Quilt Gardens Tour. The RiverWalk has a splash park where little kids were running around and having fun. There is also a manmade waterfall.

While we were there Bernie got a phone call from a family friend, they haven’t seen each other in over twenty years. So we went to visit Doris and Roger Stutsman. We had a very nice visit with them and then had to leave to make it in time for Bernie’s class at the Elkhart Environmental Center at 6 pm.

Bernie went to a class to learn how to make windchimes with recycled silverware. Angie was the teacher and about fifteen other ladies attended. Bernie’s table partners were funny and it was great watching them make their creations. Angie was a perfect teacher who was actually working overtime to teach this class.

Next we went to a free concert by the Elkhart Municipal Band at McNaughton Park. We had a picnic while listening to the band. The park is on the river and covered by trees. After the concert we walked the park near the river. It was a beautiful night and the weather was perfect.

We then went to the RV Museum to park for the night.

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