Friday, July 25, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Peru Indiana is known as the Circus Capitol of the World.
Its web site says Peru has been home to seven
of the world's major circuses for their winter headquarters.
Every summer Peru hosts a summer circus festival
& an amateur circus performance put on by the city's youth.
We took the grandkids to a performance & these amateur circus performers are good!
The performers are all ages & sizes.
They did lots of acrobatics
And some pretty scary aerial acts too.
These kids are impressive with their talent.
Next year we'll go see the parade & more!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Less than 10 miles from Brown County State Park is
Yellowwood State Forest, a lovely park in its own right.
We decided to visit this lesser known park and weren't disappointed.
We decided to hike around Yellowwood Lake
and compare it to the lakes we'd hiked around at Brown Co. Park.
It was our longest hike yet - 4.5 miles, but pretty easy.
We had occasional views of the lake
Our lunch spot was made possible by the area beavers.
We weren't bothered by bugs at all.
Maybe because of this massive bat house!
Don't miss Yellowwood if you get the chance to visit!
Friday, July 18, 2014
We had a cool front move through and temps were in the low 70's.
That's the perfect time to go camping, so we headed to Brown County.
Our campsite at Brown Co. State Park
It was perfect weather for hiking too. Over the course of 3 days, we hiked around 3 lakes.
This is Ogle Lake, a 17 acre lake in Brown County State Park.
We hiked around the 7 acre Strahl Lake on the morning of the second day.
Brown County is known for its scenic beauty, seen from many lookouts through out the park.
This is Hesitation Point
We had some visitors to our campsite too.
A small snake crossing the road.
Rattlesnakes are found in the park, so we left this guy alone although he doesn't look venomous.
Cool evenings made for beautiful sunsets and great endings to fun days.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The farrier, the modern name for a blacksmith, was here to put shoes on Rocky & Apollo.
Tag got a trim. Horses don't necessarily need shoes but should be trimmed every 6 - 8 weeks. Since their hooves constantly grow. The farrier is a pretty well accepted by our horses.
I think they like their pedicures.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Not as many flowers are blooming as early summer, but I found this unusual flower.
A woodland sunflower
Queen Anne's Lace
Pretty spherical flower
A big ole snapping turtle
Deer leg bones
You never know what you'll see on a hike.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Saturday, July 12, 2014
I saw a beaver this morning in the creek. What I didn't realize was there were two of them.
See the second one under the branches?
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
My daughter & I took a culinary trip to Kennebunport, Maine.
We arrived in quaint Kennebunkport around the same time as Hurricane Arthur.
Fortunately, Saturday dawned sunny & clear.
It was a beautiful day in Cape Cod.
Our first activity was a "foodie tour" of Kennebunkport,
which included seven stops and tastings.
We sampled Shipyard ale,
Clam chowder and other Maine specialties.
Next we buzzed up to Freeport to the L.L. Bean flagship store & its giant boot.
We visited a few charming fishing ports along the way.
Watched the (delayed due to Arthur) Independence Day fireworks.
Sunday was cooking class day at Jillyanna's wood fired cooking school.
Lisa helps with the biscuits.
On our way back to Portland, we checked out the Portland Head Lighthouse,
one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.
One last night in Portland and we are on our way back home.
It was fast, fun & fill of food!