Friday, October 23, 2020

Biking the Nickel Plate Trail

 The day dawned bright and unseasonably warm, 

so we went for a bike ride.

We headed to Kokomo to ride the Nickel Plate rail trail.

The Trail is 37 miles of paved trail from Kokomo to Rochester.
And the fall colors were beautiful!

Lots of leaves and solitude.

Originally we planned to ride out 9 miles to Bunker Hill.
But once there we decided to go another 6 miles to Peru and the mighty Wabash River.

As you can see, we made it!

The Wabash River.

Next stop, Wendy's for some fuel to make it home!

All total 32. 8 miles.
It was a memorable day!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Persimmon Picking

 The persimmons are starting to look ripe.

They'll be ready to eat when they fall from the trees.

I collected them, once they fell from the trees.
Got about a gallon of them.

After a good washing, I mashed them to remove the seeds.

I got about 4 cups of pulp.

I froze 2 cups and made a persimmon pudding with the other 2.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Visiting Ohio's Amish Country

 We decided to get away to Holmes County, Ohio,

known for its Amish population.

Driving into Holmesville.

We had dinner at the Berlin Farmstead Restaurant.
This is also a Harvest Host business where we spent the night in the RV.

In the morning, we went to Hershberger's Farm & Market for donuts.
I also picked up a few pumpkins.

The draft horses were bringing in pumpkins from the fields while we were there.

Wonderful, huge donuts!

Amish laundry day!

We brought our bikes and rode on the Holmes County Rail Trail.
This is the trailhead at Millersburg.
There is parking, restrooms, picnic shelters and a playground near the old depot.

A view from the trail where is passes through a wetland.

We rode to the end of the trail at Killbuck, about 6 miles and then headed back.

One of the unique things about the Holmes Co. trail is its dual tracks.
One side for horses and buggies, the other for bikes and walkers.
It was a a thrill passing a couple of buggies on our ride!

It was a fun few days in Amish country.
Someday we'll return when we can shop and explore more.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Warty Pumpkin

 I grew this nice sized warty pumpkin in my garden.

It's called a Goblin Pumpkin.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Flat Fork Creek Park

 We took another day trip to a nearby park, in our home county.

Flat Fork Park in Fishers, Indiana has lots of amenities.

There's a small lake to walk around, fish or kayak.

There are lots of trails, for both hikers and bikers.

Some of the trails lead to fun treehouses in the woods.
We found three of them.

And there's a huge sledding hill.

Who knew such a nice park was so close to home?

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

Fruits of the Garden

It's been a good year for the garden.

Maybe because I've been home to tend it, due to the pandemic.

Or maybe because I had a soil test done and amended the soil.

Or maybe Mother Nature just blessed me this year. 

Lots of Roma tomatoes

Plenty of green peppers and lots of green beans.

We finally resorted to giving veggies away. 

No surprise, they were gone within an hour!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Neighborhood Goats

 These goats live along my daily bike ride.

Notice anything peculiar about them?

They have wooden dowels taped to their horns!

Best I can figure, someone stuck his head through the fence and couldn't get it back out,

due to the angle of his horns.

So this is the farmers fix.

Pretty inventive!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Indiana Daytrip #4

 This week we headed east to Henry & Delaware counties.

We took our bikes and rode the Cardinal Greenway Trail.

Located in east central Indiana, the trail is the longest rail-trail in the state,

spanning 62 mile from Richmond to Marion.

We started our ride in Losantville and rode to Medford, and then back, about 20 miles.

We stopped at this nature preserve which is right next to the trail and stretched our legs.

Wildflowers & an osprey tower in the preserve.

The Edgar & Lois Seward Memorial Prairie in the preserve.

This is the Medford trail head, looking like a typical Indiana scene.
All trailheads have parking, restrooms and an abundance of trail maps.

After our trek, we enjoyed a delicious pizza at the Pizza Barn in little town of Losantville.

Then we took a leisurely drive around the Prairie Creek Reservoir near Muncie.

It was a a beautiful fun Indiana day!