Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Memorial Weekend (continued)

Despite the crowd at the state park, there is surprising little in the surrounding area.  Very rural and a bit depressed.

So I was very surprised to find the coolest little store in the middle of nowhere!   With natural remedies, organic spices, grass fed beef and homemade cheeses.... Baked goods, books on farming and homesteading.  I bought some grass-fed beef short ribs and a half dozen free range eggs.

For the rest of the weekend, I practiced my patience with children not related to me and my dutch oven cooking skills.  Having just participated in a class at the Blue Ridge Rally a few weeks ago, I was anxious to put my new found skills to the test!  So far I've made pork loin, chicken, ribs, dessert, and even a frittata.

I shoulda' known better

Memorial Weekend

My destination in Ohio is the Airstream Factory and an event known as Alumapalooza.  But before we get there on Tuesday I need a home for the holiday weekend.  So... in all my infinite wisdom, I booked a site at a nearby state park a few months ago.

Indian Lakes State Park is an 800-acre multi-use park on the banks of the 5,800-acre Indian Lake.  It offers a variety of water-related and other recreation.  There is boating, fishing, skiing, camping, playgrounds, trails and even a BMX area.   There are 500 camping sites plus cabins.  It is the first weekend after school is out for the summer.

Do you see where this is going yet???

Every single available campsite is booked.  They are all about 10 feet apart.  Each site has a large camper and a tent or two.  There are a minimum of 53.2 children per site.  Each child has a bicycle, or a skateboard.  Each parent has a golf cart.  I get 10 points for near-miss of a child on a bike trying to back into my camping spot for the weekend.  42 golf carts are waiting for me to get out of the road so they can get by.  I throw my keys to the macho man-child who saunters up to the truck window to see if he can help me out... "Be my guest".  I never do this but it has been a long day that started with me driving off with the rear stabilizers down.   I've been through Louisville, downtown Cincinnati and Dayton on the way here.   I get out and join the 42 golf cart drivers in staring at the truck.  I smile when it takes him three tries and he doesn't even get the extra points for almost nailing a bike rider.  I thank the man-child, he leaves, and I enjoy an adult beverage to recover from the trauma.  The weekend has begun!
The lake has a dog beach and Grace is in heavaen - no gators and new friends to make

Stay tuned for the rest of our weekend adventures!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Onward to Ohio

Our next stop on the way to Ohio was in Kentucky at Mammoth Caves National Park for a quick overnight.  I didn't go into the caves (I have Grace with me and I've been there before) but there is still a lot to do at this park even if caves aren't your thing.  

In typical National Park fashion, you can visit the giant dinosaurs or sleep in a tepee on the way into the park.  There are also several other cave systems.  You could choose to zipline, canoe or kayak on the Green River, visit an Australian animal park or the American Cave Museum or visit Munfordville for some Civil War history.

The Park itself also has an extensive Bike/Hike trail system that is quite nice.  A nice long walk was just the right thing after a morning drive.  

There are quite a few ranger-led programs, and a gift shop where I acquired a new sticker  for Breezin's door.   I would have like to have had a few days in the area to explore, but needed to continue north...
I love the south in the spring!

Seriously... do you want a book about mosquitos??

Around the visitors center

After an uneventful night, it was time to move on to our next destination...

This sweet beauty was parked next to us when we woke up this morning!