Greetings from Ionia, Michigan. We visited our friends, Bryan and Matt, here after a short trip to Shipshewana, Indiana. We had visited Shipshewana in the past but were able to stay right in town this time. A “must do” was the Shipshewana Flea Market, the largest one in the Midwest. It is a combination of antiques, Amish furniture, crafts and new items. The main road was packed all day with people driving from miles away to attend the market and stock up on the meats and cheeses the Amish are so well known for. Dennis and I had heard it would be a traffic nightmare so we donned our tennis shoes and walked to the flea market then into town to peruse the unique shops in Shipshewana.
Another reason for visiting this area again was to see Bryan and Matt’s latest RV purchase (they have 4 vintage RV’s/trailers), a 1983 Apollo Sceptre. Their Sceptre was in rougher shape than ours and they are restoring it with a paint job, new interior upholstery and other minor restoration projects. Bryan was able to arrange for us to visit it (nicknamed the Desert Fox) in the paint shop. Another bonus of visiting here again was that one of Dennis’ former Marines from the USS Independence drove over from South Bend for a short visit….what a treat for them both to catch up and reminisce.
We spent 2 nights in Ionia with them “camping” at their 1860’s home in the historic section of Ionia. We were finally able to see, in person, their other RV’s-two Vogues, a Starcraft like our old one and a vintage 2 story trailer that they are in the process of restoring. They were excellent hosts showing us around and allowing us to spend time with them before we headed out with their camping group (next post).
We had the opportunity, while on our way to our weekend campout, to visit a second Marine that served on the USS Indy with Dennis. Jeffrey had some fun photographs and the cruise book that we were able to peruse and bring back some memories of Dennis’ 18 months on the aircraft carrier.
Next up, Drummond Island……