Our weekend at the Amanas was overall a success. We had some 'hits' we didn't like: getting hit with four hours of pouring rain Friday morning and thick fog on Saturday morning. A little disappointing after a beautiful day Thursday. But we did get in a bike ride Friday on the pleasant trail around the water lily pond. Well, not quite all the way around. Along the trail were signs saying: USE TRAIL AT YOUR OWN RISK. WEATHER AND WILDLIFE CAN PRODUCE HAZARDS... Halfway along the trail between the pond and canal, we encountered a large swan. I think she was left over from prehistoric days. She sat right by the path staring us down. She never flinched or made a move to leave and we assumed she was nesting. Her stance and expression seemed to say that if we tried to pass, she could take us. We thought that might be true and decided to make this a 'miss' and turn around to retrace our steps--er, ride.
Another hit on Saturday was a trip to the Mini-Americana Barn Museum in South Amana. It features a collection over 200 miniature buildings which depict early life in rural America. The displays could use a good cleaning but the workmanship is amazing.
There were several misses on Saturday. We had planned to go to the Renaissance Fair in Middle Amana but a forecast for possible severe weather made us shy away. We had also noticed a larger number of dogs in the campground than usual. We found out late Saturday that this was because of 'Barn Hunt Trials' going on in a steel building on the property. You can find out more about that on the link. But the biggest miss came to our attention that evening. While checking Facebook before we went to bed, we discovered that a very old friend and her family from Nashville TN had been staying in the very same campground and had left that afternoon! This campground has over 400 sites so neither of us knew the other was there.
The final hits were at supper Saturday night. The weather forced us inside so we managed to get nine people seated fairly comfortably in our trailer. The menu centered around smoked pork loin and ribeyes, enhanced by potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, and brownies. I did realize another 'miss right before supper: I had completely forgotten to make my rosemary/sea salt rolls that day. But all in all, I would say that the weekend was a hit.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.