I have found this Blogspot to be very difficult to work with to get text and captions in the right places around pictures so I am officially giving up (at least for tonight). Who knows when I'll have good Internet again so I'm trying to get a lot on tonight.
So here are just a bunch of pictures from around Amana:
Amana is historically fascinating, peaceful, unusual. Most of the buildings are brown, tan, white. That's why this old train depot caught my camera eye.
They were completely communal until 1932 when they voted to separate church and state. They needed more industry so started attracting tourists in 1935 with quality woolens and other crafts. They thrive on this tourism now. We biked to a bakery this morning that has a sign out - Open at 7:00 until day's baking is sold. We were there at 8:45 and there was only one Danish left to be sold. I think they said they sell about 350 items every day.
There is live theater here. We saw Always, Patsy Cline yesterday, a great production about Patsy's music and her sad plane crash death at age 30. Hear her here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzq5X-p2C0Y&feature=related
I love the names of the Amana Colonies towns – Amana, East Amana, West Amana, Middle Amana, High Amana, South Amana, and Homestead (the town they bought because it was on the railroad track).
This one is from nearby at West Branch, IA - Herbert Hoover's gravesite. Beautiful place.
We'll be on our way again tomorrow but have really enjoyed relaxing here for a few days in dry weather. Now we'll head west toward nephew Brady's state track meet Sat. and to see grandkids by Sun. And, yes, there is rain in our weather forecast in the next couple of days!