There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Amish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amish. Show all posts

23 August 2012

the Amish in Yoder

In Kansas, one may occasionally see the road signs indicating a horse and buggy crosswalk. I thought it was a joke the first time I saw it, but came to realize this wasn't the case, it was for the Amish/Mennonite communities throughout Kansas.

I had time last night to go explore more, and found myself in the Amish community of Yoder. As I pulled off the highway, I see two young children on bicycles, normal to the layperson's eye except for their dress; homemade Amish style clothing, complete with cloth caps. They paid me no mind, rode off into the countryside, and disappeared.
 The dirt road of Main Street was empty, storefonts showing old antique toys, a 1900's bank with a safe in the lobby, mercantile shops with homemade clothing and quilts.
A cemetary next to their church, with a smattering of headstones. Upon closer observation, I see the same names repeatedly...Miller...Yoder...Notagsk....Yutzy...

In the openess of America's midwest, upon the plains that feed the inhabitants of our country, I glimpse into a slice of life that still holds much mystery and wonder....

the Amish of Yoder from William on Vimeo.