What a month for wandering – French Lick, Crawfordsville, Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Hendricks County, and more.

Things started out with the privilege of presenting at the Radius Economic Development Course in French Lick. What a gorgeous hotel and community. Every time I visit French Lick/West Baden, I discover something new and interesting. The sites and sounds, the scenery, and my favorite, the history is unbelievable. I challenged some in the presentation audience to visit the Lost River and Orangeville Rise. Extraordinary natural features in the Karst topography of the area.

Another minor bought of Covid crept into our household this past month. What does that mean? It means to take advantage of the opportunity in front of you. We didn’t let this slow us down. We wandered our way through Greencastle and Crawfordsville. We enjoyed our carry-out lunch from Francis & Mount at Sugar Creek Nature Park Trail and then hiked the trail along Sugar Creek. What a gem! A short easy hike with wonderful scenery. You can’t drive through the city and not look at the history – Lew Wallace Museum (writer of Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ), Lane Place Mansion, and the Rotary Jail Museum, to name a few. So much more to see and do.

The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County started the Summer Fun Run/Walk series this month. See the schedule here and come out and join us. The first three events are Hummel Park in Plainfield, Williams Park in Brownsburg, and Avon Town Hall Park. We have seen an awesome turnout with over 400 registered. The events are a very laid-back, family-fun opportunity to visit many parks in Hendricks County. On a side note, I was challenged about my knowledge of Hendricks County sites. Evan Love asked if I knew where Abner Creek Cemetery was located. After much thinking, I had to look it up online to find it. Glad I did. A really interesting and historic place just west of Pecar Park.

I would like to mention the last points of interest located in Indianapolis and Hamilton County. It seems like every road is under construction, so why not practice your wandering and take the roads less traveled. We came across many interesting sites and locations when heading to Fishers from the southwest side of Indy for a graduation party. The Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park, Riverside Park, Marian University, Wynnedale, Marott Park, Monon Trail, Flowing Well Park, Founders Park, etc. These are just a smattering of sites, parks, and trails along the way. We ran across unique finds everywhere we went, historical buildings on the near north side of Indy, scenery along the White River and Canal, and on and on.

We are so blessed in Indiana to have many places to see and visit. Share some more for me to visit next month!