Iowa Winter Ranchers Have Summer’s End Campout at Sugar Bottom

We had over 50 Winter Ranchers from Iowa at a campout at Sugar Bottom Campground near North Liberty, Iowa.  It was an end of the summer get together orchestrated by Butch and Pam Jensen.

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Don and Linda Thompson

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Jim Betsinger and Merlin Graaf

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Bob and Peggy Zierath DSC02576

Some of the group discussing the Kalona Trip Scheduled for TomorrowDSC02578

Ellen and Frank Hicks

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Marcus and Mary Lawrence

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Miriam getting a big hug with Al Hight

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Chet and Pat Mower

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Miriam Hight signing her Name Tag

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Potluck is about ready

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Sam Hobson said the prayer before dinner

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Bill and Marie Sigin

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Eldon and Debbie Ludwig, Richard and Joann Zrostlik

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Jerry and Carolyn Nieland

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Cheryl Graaf

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Judie and David Anzivino

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Cheryl Graaf and Julie Betsinger

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Neil and Debra Kanne

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 Kay White and Carolyn Nieland

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Merle Holmes and Jeanne Jentzen., New to Winter Ranch this Season – They will be checking us out and possible joining us next season when Jeanne retires.

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Playing cards after potluck

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Bob and Peggy Zierath, Ellen Hicks and Marcus Lawrence

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Butch and Pam Jensen

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Al Hight, Kay White and Miriam Hight

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Deb Kanne, Carolyn Nieland and Debbie Ludwig

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DAY 2

The plan today was to head to Kalona and visit the Amish Community.  Some people started in downtown Kalona and others started at some of the businesses on the fringe.

Our first stop was the Stringtown Grocery.  It is a very interesting retail store that specializes in bulk foods and local items.  The store has everything from seeds and onion sets in the spring to locally harvested apples in the fall.    They have a lot of locally produced items like pies and pastry, to canned goods like apple butter and preserves, to hand-made noodles and pasta.The shelves reflect the industry of the community.

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Miriam and Al Hight checking out all the candy

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Mary Benfield checking out the home-made noodles

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These shelves were full of pie fillings

The next stop for us was the Pine Ridge Variety Store.

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An Amish horse and buggy was parked outside the Variety Store.

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Lee Benfield tried on an Amish Hat – not really his style!

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Bill and Peggy Zwanziger checking out items in the Variety Store

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Our next stop was the Golden Delight Bakery and Gifts

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Judie and Dave Anzivino found some bread to take home.

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Lot of local canned items on sale

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How about some Pickled Beet Eggs

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How about some goodies!

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Al Hight making a purchase.

After we left the bakery we headed into Kalona for lunch.  We met up with a bunch of Winter Ranchers there.

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Don and Linda Thompson

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More Winter Ranchers

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The food was pretty good at The Kalona Family Restaurant, however, it took forever to order and to get our food.

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We stopped at another bakery – The Kalona Bakery and we all went out with some more bakery!  No diet the rest of this week!

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Then down the street we found a really nice candy store.

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Miriam Hight checking out the candy.

DSC02647And, of course, there are many quilting shops in Kalona.  We stopped and looked around but I was safe here because I don’t quilt!

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Then we left Kalona and headed out of town.  There is a great gift shop called Sister’s Garden on Highway 1.  Unfortunately, they weren’t open today.  We walked around outside a bit.

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Lee and Mary Benfield

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Merle Elsberry and Al Hight

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 John and Kay Steinke will be new to Winter Ranch this season

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Rex and Betty Humke

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Richard and Joanne Zrostlik

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Cheryl Graaf and Julie Betsinger

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Deb Kanne, Cheryl Graaf and Julie Betsinger

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Debbie Ludwig

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Mary and Marcus Lawrence

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Kay and Dennis White

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Brenda Nolte, Linda McCrory and Pam Jensen

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Pam and Butch Jensen

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Ellen and Frank Hicks

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Linda Thomas and Ellen Hicks

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Bill and Marie Siglin

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Jim and Julie Betsinger

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Merlin and Cheryl Graaf

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Deb Kanne, Merlin and Cheryl Graaf

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Neil and Deb Kanne

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Al and Miriam Hight

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Mary and Lee Benfield

Sitting around the Campfire in the evening

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Day 3

The guys were going to play golf and the ladies went to the Amana Colonies to do some shopping.  We had to leave them this morning, however, as we are headed back to Winter Ranch.

We had a great time visiting with everyone and look forward to seeing all of them back at the Ranch.  Thanks Butch and Pam for putting this event together!!

Day 4

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According to Sam Hobson (I stole this picture from Face Book) Dave and Brenda Nolte were the first out this morning. What a great time all our Winter Ranch friends had with each other this week at Sugar Bottom Campground in Coralville Iowa.

Safe travels everyone!! See you in Texas!!!

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2 Responses to Iowa Winter Ranchers Have Summer’s End Campout at Sugar Bottom

  1. Ann Draker says:

    Wish we would of known about the Winter Ranch, camp out. We only live about 30 minutes from there.don and Ann Draker

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