We have been to Shipshewana, IN a number of times. It is, from our view point, really nothing more than another form of a tourist trap. Having said that, we have come back to pick up some real Amish food products at their source. We are not opposed to tourist traps and actually find them amusing at times. So first thing yesterday morning before the sun was up, we hit the flea market which attracts folks from all over the country. With very light foot traffic, we were able to walk the whole place and spend a bit of time at the auction house and be out of there in just about two hours. We spent a couple of dollars on coffee. Definitely cheap entertainment.
After that we strolled around the small downtown area and surveyed the latest gift shop offering, with not much new trends that we could see.
Perhaps the thing we most enjoy is driving the back roads and enjoying the scenic country and the Amish way of life. While it is not that much removed from my life on a farm 50 plus years ago, I cannot imagine living that lifestyle today. It certainly is a less hectic life, but given the world they are surrounded by and the lack of new genetic input to their gene pool, I can only wonder how much longer they will continue as they are.
We have now moved to Bardstown to My Old Kentucky Home state park that has not seen an apparent update in thirty years. The word level is not in their vocabulary.