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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Headed Out West

Oldest Granddaughter & I are headed out west for a special vacation.
I've decided to take each grandchild on a trip when they are 12.
Liddy is going to three national parks, Zion, Bryce Canyon & the Grand Canyon.

 We went with Road Scholar which has inter-generational trips for grandparents & grandkids.

 The first stop was Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada 
where the kids were allowed to scramble on the red rocks.

 We saw ancient petroglyphs

 And we spotted some lizard tracks in the desert sun.
Then we moved on to our first national park.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cataract Falls, Indiana

A beautiful summer day calls for a day trip.
We visited Cataract Falls, Indiana's biggest waterfall.
This isn't the highest falls in Indiana, but has the largest volume of water.

 The falls are actually two sets of waterfalls on Mill Creek.
The upper falls is a series of cascades.

The upper falls have a larger drop.

Near the upper falls is a covered bridge.


About a half mile downstream, is the lower falls.
After visiting the falls, we drove to nearby McCormicks Cree State Park.


We hiked to wolf Cave, which you can hike through, if you'd like.
This is the entrance to the cave.

At the exit of the cave, two natural bridges formed when the ceiling of the cave collapsed.

 The trail was cool and serene.


We saw some of the native wildlife too, this opossum.





Monday, May 30, 2016

Location, Location, Location

We noticed this nest inside of a bucket in the barn. 
When this bird had time to build a nest and lay 3 eggs while the barn was open, 
is a mystery to us.
We've left the door open so she can raise her brood.
Looks like she picked a nice safe dry location.


 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Everyone Loves a Parade

Memorial weekend in Indiana means the 500 race & festivities.
Saturday was the parade and I volunteered with the horse units.

The Wells Fargo Stagecoach was first to arrive.
Horses were unloaded.

And the stagecoach

Volunteers got to help groom the horses.
This is Rowdy.

The team gets hitched.
The team is comprised of 2 pairs of brothers, each one is a Quarter horse/draft mix.

 

 I escorted the Culver Black Horse Troupe in the parade
and managed to get a shot of them as they circled the monument.

 Also in the parade was the Indy Mounted Police.

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This year, the Boy Scouts weren't there to be pooper scoopers, 
so guess who got drafted?
 
 We took our job seriously!

But we had some fun with the Colts mascot, Blue too!