Another Indiana Roadtrip

Yesterday we went to Holiday World with the fam. Who would have thought it could be so crowded on a Thursday? The day was fun, but that was only have the trip. We decided to take the scenic route home winding from one small town to another through southern Indiana. We took US-231 north from Holiday World passing through Jasper. We hit IN-56 and headed east towards French Lick. It didn’t take long for us to be mesmerized by the countryside. The soft hills and simple way of life has a way of soothing and re-energizing me when driving through the country.

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As we spotted the downtown of French Lick, I saw a junk store and had to stop. Fox Hollow Gallery had such neat items and a lot of good creative ideas. Next we drove by the casino and resort. Everyone talks highly of the place and I can see why. The place looks awesome from the outside and appears to be a massive undertaking. A lot of new buildings made to look old are built near it as well. They stand empty right now, but I can’t wait to see what type of neat shops find a home there.

In downtown Paoli, we found a natural food co-op right off the square. We needed a few things and I wanted to know what they had to offer for future reference. We got to the Lost River Market & Deli at 7pm on a Wednesday night. An acoustic melody hit us at the front door and it took me a split second to realize it was live music. How stinkin’ cool. There was one worker at hand who greeted us and filled us in about the store. He said the group of musicians came every Wednesday for a free jam session. It just got cooler. We bought a couple groceries and decided to buy dinner off their salad bar. My body was singing praises at the healthy dinner! We also had some delicious pasta salad (now I know what I’ll be making when we get home). I also bought a vegan, gluten free Explosive Espresso Chip cookie.

So for traveling through another charming downtown, finding a natural food store practically on the square, greeted by some awesome acoustic folk music, checking out local produce, having a healthy dinner on the road, AND with an allergy free dessert…my evening could not have ended better. There were several more antique places before and after Salem that I would have liked to see, but our sunburns and water-logged heads were getting the best of us. We ended the countryside portion of our roadtrip at I-65 in Scottsburg. Makes me excited to plan our next Indiana roadtrip. Madison? Corydon? Nashville?

Jenny

Locally Grown Produce Shop Opening this Weekend

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I can’t wait for Double Oak Farm to open this Saturday, at their new location 1120 Washington St., Columbus, Ind. I volunteered there yesterday, helping them paint the new store. They only stock locally-grown produce within a 100 mile radius. They draw from friends and family, largely from the Amish community. And since many of then are in southern Indiana, they get a lot of produce two weeks earlier that other vendors.

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They also are the only CSA program in this area. By paying upfront to cover growing costs, you get a vegetable box each week featuring their best produce at the time. Soooo cool.

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Count on seeing me there Saturday!

Jenny

Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman

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Conner Prairie – Headless Horseman 2009
I spent the last two weeks of October helping Conner Prairie with their annual fundraiser, Headless Horseman. It’s a haunted hayride through the dark, mysterious Prairietown. Trust me–walking around at night in the dark, historical home and barns is plenty scary, so be glad the visitors get to stay in a wagon! My most favorite part? The Headless Horseman, of course. At the end of the night when the volunteers walk back from their posts, it never fails that before you have time to hear the clunks of their hooves, the headless horseman sneaks up on you in the dark night. Creepiest. Thing. Ever. And I love it!

I took these photos during the event and have been meaning to post them. Enjoy!

A wagon full of riders passes by

A wagon full of riders passes by

The school house gives off an eerie green

The school house gives off an eerie green

A scarecrow greets the wagon upon exiting woods

A scarecrow greets the wagon upon exiting woods

Graveyard Shift

Graveyard Shift

A spirit dances on the side of a barn

A spirit dances on the side of a barn

Jenny