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Amana Colonies Iowa June 31-July 1st 2007

In Germany 1714 a religious awakening was underway, two men held a strong mutual belief that prayerful relationship would lead to a Godly life.  so they wrote about their faith and the followers became known as the Community of True Inspiration.  They moved to New York in 1842 buying 5000 acres, and named their new communal Amana Colonies.

Today you can walk the town and shop, taste wine and just enjoy the old town that was.


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hen grew so large they needed more land and bought 27,000 acres in Iowa naming it Amana, everyone made crafts and they all supported each other, in the early 1950's some of the younger people wanted to leave and make their own way, this is when the community changed to independent ownership but still all support the communal community
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Our visit PA and New York & Canada2007

Rock Glen Conservation
this is walking distance from the RV park, cost for each $1. walking and $3 each with a auto. A beautiful park with lots of picnic areas and parking along with the Fossil Museum

 


this is a fossil area where one can climb down the long steep steps
to find fossils, you are allowed should you find them only to take one with you. On the left the first picture is the entrance to the bridge, where there are many steps up to
 


Floral Clock the first day we went there, Niagara Falls Butterfly Garden they were just starting to plant. 3 days later it was finished, celebrating 10yrs of the garden

 



Niagara Butterfly Gardens north end of the falls.

We decided to tour the outside gardens via horse and buggy, Pete (horse) and Christina were our guides

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Here are just a few of the butterflies that fly free, as you walk around you are surrounded by all varieties.


   
   
 

 

 

An English Maze Garden

 and the Rose Garden,

 This area is where weddings used to be performed
 


The Erie Canal
our trip down the Erie Canal, taking the cruise from Lockport which is the site of the Lockport locks 35 &34.

We enter the locks, and slowly the doors start to close, water is released from the canal into the locks, when the water has reached the level of the next canal, we are then detached from the rope holding us so as not to be pushed into the doors.

As you can see by the pictures this is an remarkable feat. 

The locks and the widest bridge in the USA in the background

Photos on the left are of our trip down the Erie Canal, taking the cruise from Lockport which is the site of the Lockport locks 35 &34.

We enter the locks, and slowly the doors start to close, water is released from the canal into the locks, when the water has reached the level of the next canal, we are then detached from the rope holding us so as not to be pushed into the doors.

As you can see by the pictures this is an remarkable feat.

 

The locks and the widest bridge in the USA in the background

Cruising down the Erie Canal

There are 16 homes left that are made out of Free Stone.  The stone from around here in the 1800's was used to build the canal and the homes 
This bridge is raised and lowered for boats and traffic, by looking at the picture you can see the ground,  over

   
   
   
   
 

 

   
   
   
   
In Lockport there is a park that the residents can plant a tree in memory of someone, right now there are over 20 trees

The Erie canal is drained every year before winter so not to have the ice melt over to the town. And no boats come through this way. It is not opened again until spring.

   
 

Niagara Falls

 

We were able to go straight into Canada without any waiting in

 

 Niagara Falls 2007
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 What a site, we went on the Canada side to see the falls and they are spectacular. The picture below the top one is of the New York side, the Maid of the mist is at the bottom.


Oil City, Pennsylvania

 

Oil City is settled between the Allegheny River, you cross bridges from one side to the other, Uncle Jerry lives on the other side of the main town

 

 

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