Elkhart, IN (Click on Pics to Enlarge)
I'll be playing catch up with our recent activities in the next few blogs.
With our trouble described in the last blog behind us, we made it without further incident to Play-Mor Campground just east of Bremen, IN on April 30th. We stayed here until May 7th and visited a few local attractions from here. Play-Mor was easy to maneuver and made for a very restful stop for the week. At this time of the year, transient rigs were still few and far between.
This past Friday (May 2nd) we took a tour of the Newmar motorhome factory in Nappanee, IN. It's just 5 miles east of the campground. Newmar is currently producing 7 rigs (of all models) per day. It was a very different experience from the Tiffin factory (which we have toured several times) as the inside of the factory was pretty quiet and there seemed to be few workers around for such a large building. We found out that Newmar works on a "numbers" system. When a designated number of units have been completed for the day, the workers go home. We did, indeed, see paychecks being handed out to many guys at 2:15 in the afternoon. Not sure whether this is a good system or not, but I guess it works for them. NOTE: No pictures of anything to do with the inside of the Newmar factory because photos are not allowed.
On Monday (May 5th) we attended another minor league baseball game. This one pitted the local South Bend Silverhawks against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The teams play Class A ball in the Midwest League. The Silverhawks are the Class A team for the Arizona Diamondbacks of MLB.
The game was pretty close until Bowling Green pulled away in the 8th inning. The final score was Bowling Green defeating South Bend 9-4.
University of Notre Dame on Tuesday (May 6th). Using the internet, we found out that public tours were conducted twice a day via students acting as guides. Because the campus is large I used a few internet tools to determine the location of Eck Centre, the starting point for the tours. Eck Centre houses not only the visitor's center, but also acts as the Alumni Center.
The adventure began in a not-so-smooth fashion as I first encountered the manned gate nearest the Eck Centre. I had already determined that parking for the Eck Centre was available at the Bookstore. I also knew that the tours generally lasted between 75-90 minutes. Unfortunately, the security person at the gate advised that parking in the Bookstore lot was limited to 1 hour. I asked how strictly this was enforced. He advised that they "mark" tires and make a lot of money from parking tickets. Uh Oh!! In the end, he gave us a one day student parking pass which allowed us to park near the stadium. All was good.
Knute Rockne. Unfortunately, Coach Rockne only coached in the stadium for 1 season after being so instrumental in its' building. Coach Rockne died in a plane crash in 1931.
It was a beautiful spring day when we took the tour. The students are in the middle of taking final exams as commencement at the University of Notre Dame is May 16-18. If you ever get a chance to tour the University while in the South Bend, IN area, it is a very worthwhile experience.
Hopefully, the next blog will bring me up to date and tell a bit more about why we're in this part of the country at this time.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!