July 10, 2017, Goshen, IN-
After leaving, Notre Dame, I realized I needed some sustenance. Finding a pizzeria, in Elkhart , closed on Monday, I went into Martin’s Supermarket, on the east end of town, and had a small snack. Good thing, it wasn’t linner, as I was able to contact another friend, Mcbery, and arrange to meet her, hubby and grandchildren, for a tour of their substantial farm, in nearby Goshen. While en route to our meeting point, I met a harbinger of the visit to come: A Canadian goose crossing zone!
I went into Elkhart’s public library, and no sooner had I sat down at a computer desk, than Miriam and Lee showed up. Off we went, me trailing carefully behind, through Goshen’s narrow lanes. The menagerie was not long in greeting us, at this estimable farm. There are the usual animals resident on farms: Cattle, horses, sheep, goats, donkeys and dogs. Then, there are chickens and Guinea pigs, enjoying one another’s company.
The fauna now took a decidedly more exotic turn, with two types of flightless birds greeting us, with squawks. The emus, and at least one rhea, manage also to share a large pen. I was glad to see no cassowary in the mix- those birds are especially vicious.
The most challenging resident, for now, is a three-month-old camel. Lee seems to be the only person who can keep a lid on her behaviour. She came up to me, regarded me with interest, then quickly jumped away, on her little excursion of mischief.
Further down the path, a full-grown camel led a parade of animals towards their evening feeding. I was glad to take part in this, and the camel seen here accepted a fistful, or two, of clover and grass, from me.
After meeting all the animals, it was time for the grandkids to go to their home, down the path, and for the three of us to go for our dinner. So I close, with a photo of this wonderful farm family.
Indiana has been, once again, a delight, and in three diverse ways, last night and today.
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