Rental Car and Der Dutchman With Family

May 6, 2014  –  Tuesday

This morning we called a rental car company and arranged for them to pick us up at 11:00 am. They drove us about five miles up the road to their office where we rented our first car, a Nissan Altima. We have had family and Bills friends offer to loan us a car, but we don’t want to borrow cars. Generous offers, but we feel better renting a car, so we can be more independent while here for another few days.

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First stop was one of the two local thrift stores to see if we could find a hidden treasure among the junk. This was a huge store, with new and used stuff.

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I bought a bag of four small stuffed animals for the dogs for 99 cents! Like they need more stuff…. Second stop a Family Dollar store for a few more bargains then back to the RV to walk the dogs.

Tonight we are going out to dinner with family. We put the two hard sided dog carriers in the back seat for the dogs to ride safely. We left early so we would have time for a yogurt and to check out a near by Cracker Barrel. We aren’t sure of our plans just yet.  We may spend Friday here in town and since we are checking out of the campground Friday morning, we might stay at Cracker Barrel. I went in and talked with the manager, and she said “Absolutely you can stay”. They like RVers. I ordered a coffee to go and while waiting in line to pay for it, the manager told me it was on the house. So nice.

We got to Sharon and Denise’s house a bit early, so we waiting in their back yard and let the dogs run around in their fenced grassy back yard. When they got home from work, our dogs were put in the laundry room with beds, water and food while we left to go to dinner.

Mary Ann and her son Josh, followed us to an Amish restaurant called Der Dutchman, in Plains, OH, about 30 minutes away.

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Mary Ann, Denise, Josh, Sharon & Bill

Mary Ann, Denise, Josh, Sharon & Bill

Bill and an Amish wagon

Bill and an Amish wagon

Buffet line

Buffet line

Bill and his sister Sharon

Bill and his sister Sharon

Mary Ann, me and Denise

Mary Ann, me and Denise

Jason is Mary Ann's son

Jason is Mary Ann’s son

Photo taken by waitress of us all

Photo taken by waitress of us all

We all had the buffet and it was good! After dinner, Sharon got an early Mother’s Day gift from her family. A pretty, clear locket with her kids and grand kids birth stones in it.

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Adjacent to the restaurant is a bakery and then Carlisle Gifts. I made it thru the bakery without buying “more calories”! Then we walked around the big gift shop. It even had an upstairs.

Sharon and Denise

Sharon and Denise

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Nice lobby at Der Dutchman

Nice lobby at Der Dutchman

Bill and I in front of an Amish wagon

Bill and I in front of an Amish wagon

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After all the photos taken in front of an old Amish wagon, we drove back to the house to get our dogs. As usual, they were happy to see us and to run around in their back yard. I finally got a few pictures of their Yorkie dogs Max and Snickers. Even one of their two cats decided to come out of hiding to tease Chica.

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imageWe didn’t stay long, as everyone was tired. Back at the RV we spent a little time on our iPad and went to bed pretty early for us, around 9:30.

 

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