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Monday, September 1, 2014

Spring Mill State Park & More

In honor of Labor Day and since Matt and I were both off from work, we decided to take a day trip to Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana.
I recently read about it online and then researched it to see if it was somewhere we would be interested in visiting for a few hours. Obviously, we went there because I felt it was worth checking out. Located approximately 80 miles and 1 1/2 hours away from our home, this was no short trip. We made the mistake of leaving the house an hour before lunch and didn't pack anything. We had stopped at Kroger on the way out of town, but had only bought drinks and chips. Due to my poor planning, we were forced to stop at a Wendy's a few miles away for chicken salads right before heading to the park.
 
For out of state guests, cost is $7 per vehicle. In state is $5 per vehicle. Not fair at all - according to my frugal self.
When you drive in, you can stop along the way at different trails, but we decided to go see the Gus Grissom memorial/museum (blah) followed by the pioneer village. These pioneers built there village around caves which have a constant water source that helped run this place back in the 1800s.
The park has about 15 different buildings all set up to be explored. Some buildings even had people dressed in the period specific clothes working on whatever there building consisted of - such as the blacksmith with pounding metal, the weaver was weaving, the doctor was selling medicine.... Very interactive.
 
The unique feature of this place is seen in this next picture.... the grist wheel. According to the internet, this is still operable today.
More beautiful cabins...
Check out these cornhusk dolls. Supposedly, the people of this time actually created ones just like these ones. Glad to hear little girls got to play with dolls even back then. Honestly, if I was a little girl today I would play with them. The only downside to them is you can't easily change the clothes on them. I would also need to draw on faces.
We hiked two very short trails. The first one passed by this neat water 'fall' on the way to two small caves viewable from where the trail ended.
As you can see, the pioneers used the cool, never frozen, water from the caves by moving it through this wood to where they needed it in there village - such as the mill.
Very innovative technology for the time frame.
Oh, look! You can see one of the village pioneers walking towards us!
 
Our next trail took us to Donaldson Cave.
This cave as beautiful!
After our short trip to Sprig Mill State Park, we stopped at Joe Hubbard's farm to pick some apples. Sadly, they didn't look so good. The sign in the store claims they taste good, but look bad from hail damage. Either way, we decided not to buy any.
I did see these sunflowers which made me think of my mom.
If I was planning on seeing her next weekend, I might have bought one. (Inside joke!)
Next stop was for ice cream in Clarksville, IN. I had bought a Groupon and we finally used it.
Had a great view of Downtown Louisville while eating.
Saw the old Colgate clock while trying to get back to the bridge to go back to KY. Stupid Indiana construction with there poorly marked detour signs.
Hello, LOUISVILLE!
Can you spot the bat?
 


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