Notre Dame, Elkhart RV Museum and our second Entegra Homecoming.

We arrived at the South Bend Elkhart North KOA in Granger Indiana a few days before the Reunion so we had time to be tourists. It had been raining quite a bit so the grounds were damp and the weather was cloudy and cool. We had a few places to see that we had not had time to visit in 2018.

A brief visit to the campus of Notre Dame – it was graduation time so we were in and out quickly. It’s a beautiful campus and it was fun to see it in person.

Entegra Homecoming – meeting up with old friends and renewing contacts in the Entegra family. Getting service and maintenance tips and enjoying dinners plus entertainment with fellow Entegra owners. A fun time for all.

Another colorful diversion…….

Holland, Michigan – Tulip Time – an annual festival to honor and recognize the town’s heritage and the onset of spring. This year it was very breezy and quite chilly – 40 degrees the day we visited but the color and variety of tulips made it worth the hour and a half drive north. Lenny and Lola enjoyed it from the comfort of the stroller complete with blankets.

We loved these little girls all dressed in Dutch attire for the festival.

My personal favorite – a ruffled beauty in vivid orange as well as one with surprise white petals.

The shoes were part of an art competition that highlighted the Dutch heritage but added a bit of whimsy we appreciated.

Statue of the town’s founder and inspiration for the annual festival.

Riotous colors abound – who knew there were so many different types and colors of tulips? We would return to this event another year but it would need to be warmer…we just aren’t cold weather people anymore.

The Elkhart RV & Mobile Home Museum in Elkhart Is a fun unique museum with terrific examples of early campers and motor coaches. It was fun to see the inside and out of the older models and trace the progression to today’s models. Any RV enthusiast would enjoy this museum and we would recommend a visit. It’s very reasonably priced and a worthwhile stop.

The first Recreational vehicle…….A covered wagon.

This one was pulled by a version of the Model T

The first tent camper

Love the colors – inside and outside….

It doesn’t matter how you go… just that you go..,.

Tiny airstream style camper – people were smaller then we are today….

A bed unfolds from the back of this wagon with utensils stored in the doors.

A sweet winged beauty perfectly preserved.

Motor coaches begin to appear in the 1950’s

A wonderful collection of toy trailers and campers allowed you to see the vast variety of vehicles available over the years. This museum appealed to the kid in all of us.

Our simple recommendation…….

Even engine trouble doesn’t stop us – we had an dashboard engine light go on – telling us an error code – service was required. We took the Taj to a Cummins service center and had to stay in a motel a few days (??) but once it was done we headed north.

Our next stop will be Hearthside Grove Motor Coach Resort in Petoskey, MI

Author: kateamirault

Retired well traveled and Experienced woman

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