2.11.2007

Roadtrip adventure

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Some people think we're crazy for hopping in the car and just driving... but we love it. Normally we just pick a spot on the map and head there, using mostly back highways rather than interstates. Josh enjoys driving, and I love sitting next to him, sometimes talking, sometimes not; sometimes listening to the radio, sometimes just admiring the scenery in silence. Yesterday was a roadtrip day.
From Churches, cou...
The goal was to head to Parke County, Covered Bridge Capital of the World with Microsoft Streets & Trips, Day Trips from Indianapolis, and my handy-dandy camera, to see what we could see. And we did! We first stopped at the Visitor's Bureau in Parke County and got a map of good routes to take to see the bridges. By the end of the trip, I was frustrated with the quality of the map, but we were able to find (almost) all the bridges we were looking for, as well as other treasures. (The only one we couldn't find was not on a route, but we made a wrong turn onto the road the map showed it was on, so we looked for it anyway. We weren't seeing it... weren't seeing it... and then came upon this group of buildings, and I thought outloud, "What are these, dormitories? Is this an orphanage? It'd be a random place for a college..." then I realized the bridge we were looking for was called "State Sanatorium Bridge.". We got out of there pretty quickly.)
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The highlights of the trip: We got lots of good pictures of courthouses, bridges, and country churches. There's 44 of them, so check them out on your own in the album. In addition to photography, we just had a great time talking about our worries, our future, our dreams, and fun stuff like that. It was much-needed time away, and felt like a day retreat.

As for the rest of the weekend, Friday night we had my parents over for dinner, and I was proud of myself for getting everything done early-- the chili we had cooked in the slowcooker all day, and I started some no-knead bread on Thursday, so I just had to do a little bit during lunch Friday & stick it in the oven when I got home. I think everyone was pleased & well fed. Thursday we got our wedding album (!!) and we showed that off to them. Today we're going to a late lunch with all of Josh's brothers, their wives, and his parents. It will be fun having everyone together sans kids, as much fun as our nephews are.

2 comments:

Ashley said...

That is really cool. I love history... Although I don't think you'd really have to worry about a sanatorium, especially now that it's a nursing home. We should find some historical sites here and just go...

Joanna said...

Seriously, that's what you do... just go. When we were in Georgia a couple summers ago, we were staying with my grandparents, decided it sounded like a good idea to go to Savannah, and we did. We heard Columbus, IN had interesting architecture, so we made a day trip of it, and went on an inexpensive bus tour and learned alot. We always had heard Brown County, IN was beautiful in the fall, so we found a suggested route online & went for a drive.

I do suggest stopping by a visitor's center & picking up a free map and get suggestions on where to visit from the volunteers there. In Savannah, doing that made our trip. We were given a suggested walking route, and it was perfect, and we didn't waste time trying to find the sites or wondering about their significance. Also, looking for these covered bridges would have been hopeless without the tourist map. I love day trips like this- they're fun, educational, and inexpensive compared to most forms of entertainment. They're also more relationship-building than going to a movie.

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