New parking, pets, total solar eclipse, and flowers – August Recap

The month of August was a whirlwind and suddenly it’s gone.  Hello September, when did you arrive? Shane was busy at the beginning of the month spreading gravel for the new parking area.  The Miatas have been multiplying out here!  (Business is great, a good problem to have.) Justice came to visit (the kid’s dog).  Josie…

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Travel Thursday – Chicago, IL

How is it possible I have never posted about this trip to Chicago or really looked through all of the photos I took?  I guess I thought I would eventually get around to it, but I never expected it to be 3.5 years later. During my son’s spring break in 2013, we decided to venture…

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Travel Thursday – Washington Township Park Avon, IN

As the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us in the US, I would like to share a local place for Travel Thursday.  Typically we are headed to Michigan to enjoy Turkey Day with Shane’s awesome family.  However, this year we have decided to stay local & enjoy the holiday in our cabin in the woods.  Just…

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Travel Thursday – Ohio Bird Sanctuary

If you ever find yourself near Lexington, Ohio, I have a suggestion for you.  While you are there, check out the Ohio Bird Sanctuary.  In 2010, we stumbled upon this place while taking a break from the Mid-Ohio sports car road course.  We were in need of something to do that was not race related.…

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Simple Life Sunday – The first 6 months after leaving my job.

On May 29, 2014, I officially left my lab job at IU.  As I write this, it is hard to believe it has been over 2 years already. I’ll save where I am today for another blog post.  For now, I have to tell you about the initial 6 months.  In truth it was glorious!…

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Travel Thursday – Pine Hill Nature Preserve

Pine Hills Nature Preserve is located about an hour and fifteen minutes west of downtown Indianapolis, IN.  Some say it could be Indiana’s best-kept secret.  Now that the entrance is located within Shades State Park that may not last.  We heard about it from a friend several years ago.  I have visited in both the…

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Travel Thursdays – Badlands National Park

The geological landscape of the Badlands National Park is worth the stop if you find yourself traveling through South Dakota.  For us, this would be our last stop during our six-week trip out west.  As our trip neared the end we only had a couple of hours to tour this lovely park.  The day was…

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Travel Thursday – Mt. Rushmore

While driving through South Dakota on our trek back to Indiana, we almost passed up Mount Rushmore.  After visiting this iconic sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, I am glad we made the stop.  We spent a couple of hours touring the museum and grounds.  My Nikon was at the ready, of…

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Travel Thursday – An enjoyable traffic jam!

While traveling through South Dakota, we attempted & failed to find camping in Custer State Park. They were full for the day.  The park ranger was kind enough to direct us out and on to our next stop, Mt. Rushmore. On our way to Mt. Rushmore we encountered a traffic jam unlike any I have…

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Travel Thursday – Prairie Dog Town @ Devils Tower

My last Travel Thursday post promised a separate post on these cute little guys, the prairie dogs of Devils Tower. On our way out of Devils Tower, we had to stop at prairie dog town. This was quite an unexpected treat. There alongside the road is an entire “town” of prairie dogs. Here they have…

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