Years ago Glen and I used to 'wonder' Indiana. We would go camping with our friends and then we would always take a day or two to just wonder the back roads. We loved going out and driving and seeing what nature had to offer.
There would be weekends when we didn't camp - that we would just get in the car and take a day trip. Usually we went south of the city - we just loved the sights.
I have to say another thing we did was go to cemeteries all over the place! I was doing family research a lot then, but I am just fascinated by cemeteries. I love the old markers/headstones and all the beautiful sculptures. I have a thing for angels and would take pictures of lots of angel sculptures. Back then we didn't have digital cameras and I always figured the people who developed my pics probably thought "what a weird person"! LOL
Maybe I got this LOVE from my maternal grandma - she would only have her picture taken in a cemetary!! OK, no I am not that bad.
So today, grab yourself a glass or cup of tea and take a road trip with me. Just a few pretty pictures.
Fields of gold on the way to Lyons, Indiana (where family lived)
My 'bloomer' shot. This picture always makes me giggle. Just driving down the highway and I see these large bloomers blowing in the breeze! I just had to stop. I love this pic!!!! (call me crazy) Such confidence this lady had!
Enlarged and close up. What an amazing specimen of a bird.
Vulture seen in the tree at Crown Hill Cemetery here in Indianapolis. Crown Hill is just the most beautiful place. It is around 555 acres and full of protected nature, trees and plants. It is basically a place of beauty right in the middle of the city. So many famous people buried here (Pres. Benjamin Harrison, Dillinger, James Whitcomb Riley....) There are tons of You Tube videos about the cemetery - if you ever get a chance - check them out. The history and the nature are just wonderful
Banks of the Muscatatuck River where we camped for years
The inside of the conservatory at Garfield Park - just up the street from our home. We loved walking through the conservatory looking at all the fantastic exotic plants
A headstone like no other! Not hard to figure out what this person did for a living. This is near Butlerville, IN. Isn't that just amazing? The detail was incredable
A very old stone at Crown Hill. What a beautiful piece of work. I just love how artistic and personal many of the old stones were
This is an angel at Crown Hill. This reminds me of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It just looks like something that would have been represented in that book/movie based in Savannah, Georgia. I really love this picture.
Beautiful fall picture of trees in Columbus, Indiana. They are gorgeous in the fall - the picture doesn't do them justice
This one makes me laugh too. Little no where - Butlerville, IN. It appears the locals have a 'group'!! LOL. Just a small little village along the highway that probably has only a handful of people left - blink and you miss it. Got to have some fun!!!!!
The view directly across the river from our campsite. It was just so serene there.
OK that is enough for today. I used to love the roaming we did. I need to get more pictures transferred from Glen's old computer to mine. My goodness, he had 1000's of my pictures saved.
I sure do miss those days. We had such fun. Gas was pretty cheap and most times we would take some lunch and drinks with us. Once in a while we would stop in some little general store in a little burg somewhere and get a loaf of bread and some lunch meat and pickles. We would go park somewhere along the way with a pretty view and have lunch.
It sure didn't take a lot to make us happy. No fancy trips - no hotels - no planes - no big money spent.
Just time together looking at all our state had to offer - "wondering" Indiana. (That used to be our state motto).
Hope you enjoyed some of the sites. I know they mean nothing to anyone else - but they are pretty and whimsical.
Click on the pictures to enlarge
Thanks for allowing me to reminisce with you!
Have a great day!