This summer the family got away for a few days to southern Indiana. It seems that given the options, we almost always choose to vacation in the Hoosier state. Go figure. Earlier this summer we were at Turkey Run, a halfway point between family graduations in Greencastle and Lafayette. Having the hiking trails of Turkey Run and rippling waters of Sugar Creek as a stopover point is a pretty good deal.
Indiana's first state capitol
In August we headed further south and went to McCormick's Creek State Park, visited with some friends in Bloomington, stayed in Corydon, then visited the Falls of the Ohio State Park before making a b-line back home. Corydon just oozes Indiana history, and being the Hoosier heritage geek that I am....I soaked it up big time. Our trip included stops at our first state capitol building, the governor's first residence, and the formerly massive elm under which the state constitution was adopted. "Constitution Elm" is but a large stump today. There are parallels I could draw here, but I'll keep this positive.
Legislature Hall, state capitol
Second floor hall, state capitol
Lest you think it was all history, the family also played a round of "black light golf" complete with 3D glasses and found one very remarkable old fashioned candy store/ice cream fountain. But then, I guess I would also have to include our visit to the only Civil War battlefield site in the state, on a hill on the south side of Corydon, where Morgan's Raiders clashed with the local militia.
Governor's house, kitchen
Man, I wish our dining room looked like this!
Old fashioned soda fountain & candy store
And we continued that drive south of Corydon, all the way to Boone's Cavern. Squire Boone, the brother of Kentucky's famous son, Daniel, established a farmstead around a large cavern he discovered. It was our kid's first cave experience. Aside from some kicking and fighting, we did all right. I had been in the cavern back in 1996 with a college buddy. Since that time a portion became too unsafe for the owners' insurance company to accept responsibility for, so the hike in and out, while still worth it, was a bit repetitive....which may have led to some of the fighting.