Day 1: We are on our way to experience fall colors and new things in Ohio Amish Country. Today we travel through Kansas and Missouri to Collinsville, IL, for the night.
2: We continue through Illinois to Terre Haute, IN. Clabber Girl Baking Powder has been made in Terre Haute since the mid 1800's. Our visit to their museum includes lunch, a baking demonstration and a tour of the museum. Later we continue to Springfield, OH, for the night.
3: By noon today we are in the beautiful rolling hills of Amish country in northeast Ohio. Our visit today begins at "Behalt" where we experience the history of the Amish people. This evening we tour the Warther Museum in Dover, OH. The museum houses the works of master carver Ernest Warther. His collection includes many intricate carvings of railroad cars and steam engines. Following our tour we sit among his carvings to eat a wonderful dinner. Night in Berlin.
4: Today is our day to enjoy the rolling hills of northeastern Ohio as we visit businesses both large and small where the Amish work and shop. Our stops include Lehman's Hardware where the locals shop for sometimes hard-to-find items and P. Graham Dunn where inspirational items are made using laser machines. In the afternoon we visit a small candle maker and help finish our own make and take candle. We also visit a candy shop in an Amish home with an opportunity to make buckeyes which we can take with us to eat later on. In late afternoon there is time to shop in the quaint village of Berlin or rest at our hotel before enjoying a family style dinner in an Amish home. Night in Berlin.
5: This morning we visit a cheese shop and a bakery and farmers market before going to a broom maker to watch as she makes quality straw brooms by hand. This afternoon we depart Amish country and travel to Richmond, IN, for the night.
6: Today as we travel west we visit some small towns and their unique claims to fame. In Knightstown we visit the Hoosier Gym. This gym maintains the charm it had when it was new in 1921. Made famous as the home of the Hickory High School basketball team in the 1985 movie "Hoosiers," the gym has been preserved as it was when it was new. Later we visit Casey, IL, where we find "big things in a small town". The town features the world's largest wind chime, mail box, knitting needles and wooden shoes as well as several other uniquely large items. Night in St. Peters, MO.
7: As we travel home today we reflect on the beauty of autumn and the many interesting experiences we have had along the way.
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