Monday, October 26, 2015


The little red squirrel is taking winter seriously. 
He's stockpiling walnuts in a dead tree.

And at the base of his home tree.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Finding Garfield

The grandkids are on Fall break, so we did a little day trip exploring the Garfield trail.

Garfield's cartoonist creator is Jim Davis,
 a native Hoosier from Fairmount, Indiana.

Scattered all over Grant county are eleven life-size Garfields.

The kids enjoyed finding Garfield, on a train...

 At a hospital, posing as Dr. Garfield...

 Dressed as a firefighter...

And as a fisherman.

One of our favorites was outside a renowned ice cream shop, Ivanhoes,
where we stopped for lunch.

And we found one dressed as a cool cat in the hometown of James Dean.
We enjoyed being tourists in our own state!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Fun

Grandpa & I took the grandkids to a nearby apple orchard & pumpkin patch.

 Of course, being in Indiana, there was a corn maze.

Using the tower in the center of the maze, we spotted the boys, Grandpa & Ryan.
They beat us out, by the way.
There was also a giant tube slide that resembled a caterpillar rising 25 feet in the air.
There were lots of fun activities with a hayride, pedal tractors & this barrel train.

 Of course there were apples.

And fresh cider donuts!
And all kinds of pumpkins.
I love autumn in Indiana!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Hiking Yellowwood State Forest

A friend & I traveled to her little slice of heaven in Brown County Indiana.

Her place is surrounded by Yellowwood State Forest and we are both avid hikers,
so that's what we did!
 The fall color is starting to show as we hiked both logging roads and single track trails.

The Brown County Epic mountain ride had just taken place the previous weekend
and the trails were well marked & maintained.

We found an old pioneer grave along Tecumseh Trail.
 It appears to say
William Stogdill
Born  May 13, 1838
Died Feb 9, 1866
I found him on with this note:
When he came home from the Civil War to Brown County,
he was infected with smallpox and they cared for him in the barn until he died.
Family members took the body to the top of Lucas Hill and buried him there.
 We also found and old hikers hut in the woods.
And saw lots of deer.

All in all, we hiked about 17 miles of trails.
The dog probably hiked 25!