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Friday, August 26, 2011

Amana Colonies

Yesterday we drove the approx. 80 miles to the Amana Colonies.  This is a group of 7 villages which were German communes.  They hold the record for the longest lasting communes in the U.S.  They owned 25,000 acres of land and were a religious group which migrated from Germany. 

The history there is very interesting but we were disappointed in the existing villages - no longer communes but stock holder owned.  They have become more or less tourist traps like other tourist areas with the same stuff being sold in their stores and wineries.

We did have a great German lunch at Ronnie's which is one of the original German communal kitchens.  However, it has been upgraded and decorated to appeal to the tourist.  I had saurbraten served with kraut, pan fried potatoes and the best green beans I have ever eaten.  I had a luncheon platter but it was enough to feed a horse.  Bob had a German sandwich with french fries.  He wasn't as daring as I.  We ate at Ronneburgs and I have a picture below. 

We mainly visited the main colony of Amana but drove thru 5 of the others with a stop in Homestead.  We actually only missed one colony - East Amana.

We took the interstate over but came back on old US Highway 6.  We wanted to see east Iowa as it realy was.  That being, one corn field after another with an alfalfa field occasionally thrown in.  I am amazed at how neat and clean the farms are.  Nothing like we are used to in Alabama.

The architecture in the colonies was interesting and we enjoyed seeing the old buildngs that are still there.

When we got home, we stopped at "The Big Steer" and picked up ribs to go.  Oh was it delicious.  I bet I gained 10 pounds yesterday.  Today, we have done not much of anything.  I put out fealers for a winter and a summer camp host or workamping job.

Well that's about it.  We will be working the next two days so won't post again until Monday.


Ronnieburg's Restaurant in Amana

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