Friday, October 30, 2009

Catching up – Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky

I realized I left off a very important stop that I made while in South Dakota.  I went to the famous “Mitchell’s Corn Palace”.

cu mitchells1cu mitchells close upEvery year they redo the designs and this year it was “America’s Destinations” and yes, they are all made out of corn.   I was there about 5 minutes – I told you it was important.  Interesting, but a few minutes was enough. 

While visiting my sister, I stayed at Lake Wissota State Park in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Nice park, but in my camp site there were 2 trees that had these berries that looked like large blue berries.  While there, it was stormy and a lot of these berries ended up on my RV and car. 

After visiting with Amy and her family, I went to the “World’s largest Cranberry festival”.  It was packed.  The festival was basically a huge arts and crafts festival and a flea market.  Plus lots of good fair food.

After leaving Wisconsin, I traveled to Shipshewana, IN – part of Indiana’s Amish Country.  While there it rained a lot.  But I did like driving around and looking at the farms – Amish and English (ascu rise n shine donut the Amish call us).  Also, while there I discovered the world’s best doughnut – In my opinion.  It was a caramel doughnut made at the Rise and Shine bakery.  Yum!!!!   Also while there I went to the Shipshewana flea market and auction.  I’m not really into flea markets, but the auction was interesting.  At 9:00 a bell went off and then 9 auctioneers in different areas of the same room started auctioning off items.  It was so loud I couldn’t figure out what was going on, but very interesting.   I also enjoyed watching people – both Amish and non-Amish.  

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When I think about the Amish, it always makes me think about what we have and what people can do without. 

Then I went to Hueston Woods State Park in Ohio.   This state park is known for their fossils and unlike in many parks you can collect here.  So in addition to a few small hikes, I went fossil hunting.  I didn’t have to hunt too hard. 

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While in this park, I noticed something very interesting.  There were quite a few of these green “brain-like” things.  Below is a picture of the “brain”  (with a key beside it to show how large it is) and the tree they grow on.  Anyone know what this is?

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After Ohio, I camped at Levi Jackson State Park in Kentucky.  While there I went to Natural Arch in Daniel Boone National Forest. It’s only about a mile hike, but I loved the arch.

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I also went to Cumberland Falls State Park (in Kentucky).  One of these days I would like to be there during a full moon.  They claim to be one of the few places in the world where you can see a moonbow. 

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Unfortunately it had been raining the previous days, so the river/falls were muddier than normal.

While traveling the last month, I have seen some interesting things on the road.

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I don’t think my toes need service, but it’s good to know that if they do I can get it 24 hours a day!

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I don’t know what uses tires this big, but I thought it was interesting.  On the truck in the front, they had tied a small  “Michelin Man” to the tires..


I’ve since been to Tennesee and am back in Georgia for a few weeks.  While in Ga, I’ll finally make time to do some of the maintenance items on my RV that I have been putting off.  I’ll post on that later!


  1. Call me next time you visit Daniel Boone national park. I drive by it every couple of weeks.

  2. Hey Pam... that 'toe' service has me laughing at work. Love the pics! Thanks for sharing! YOu can always come visit if you come near us... We live in a wonderful historic county (Edgefield, SC). We have a trailer on the lake... you can pull up and park a while if you like :) Bev (Michael and the kids).

  3. Hmmm, I guess Pam is no longer posting. And I was so looking forward to following her adventures. I hope everything is OK. Will we hear about your travels anymore?