“Bonnie’s” Park...

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
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Trip End Aug 12, 2013


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Saturday, August 10, 2013

We slept in this morning and didn't pull out of camp until 10:10. What John especially enjoyed about this morning were the late summer sounds that take him back to his childhood.

Bonnie called this morning and said that she had found a good site for us tonight at McCormick’s Creek State Park…more commonly known by those who know her as "Bonnie’s Park"…and wanted us to definitely plan to spend the night. She let us know that Garry was going to bring their travel trailer over. Then they would park right next to us and camp tonight too. Now we were excited! This is maybe the fourth or fifth time we have camped at McCormick’s Creek State Park, and we always have a wonderful time. McCormick’s Creek is the oldest state park in Indiana and is in wonderful shape. It is a very large park with playgrounds, pools, a large lodge, campground, hiking trails, etc. The only thing that would be missing there tonight was the Baron and Reneeagade as well as Doris and Ralph.

As we left camp, the temperature was 75 degrees and the humidity was once again higher than we have been used to the last few weeks. Shortly after leaving the park we bought gasoline—it was $3.25/gallon., the cheapest we have paid in weeks. Our drive was once again through farmland. The morning was lovely—beautiful blue sky and a fun back road to drive on. The fields alternating with corn and soy beans looked like giant patchwork quilts as they marched to the horizon. We really need to both appreciate and thank our farmers for all that they do to feed our country and the world.

Our drive took us past the towns of Raccoon and Roachdale—really—and the land became more rolling the further south we drove. At 11:15 we were in the “hill country” of southern Indiana. The land reminds us very much of East Tennessee—the folks here even sound like us! What a treat…we don’t sound funny to them!

The town of Greencastle was a very attractive town. In Cloverdale, IN we pulled in to McDonalds and got yet another chocolate chip frappe. I think we are going to need a 12 step program when we get home. We drove through Spencer (which is close to Jasper, IN Matthew) and shortly afterward were pulling into McCormick’s Creek around 12:30, and were into our campsite by 12:50.

Bonnie did a wonderful job picking out our spot for the night. It is level and the power is GREAT! The Big Muf thinks that Lulu Belle would definitely like it even though he says he misses Miss Lucy—I have about decided that Mufasa is both a ladies’ man and somewhat fickle. Who knew?

Shortly after we got set up on our site, Garry came rolling in with their rig and set up on the site next to us. Those of you who know Garry know that he likes to talk even more than John does so you can imagine that we had a wonderful couple of hours catching up on each other’s news. When Bonnie got off work from the gate, we all loaded up in their Ford Escape and headed out for an afternoon of entertainment…some of it better than others! Our first stop was the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall that was in Spenser. We have been to the Wall in DC a couple of times and the Traveling Wall once but it is always impressive. Once again I looked for one of my cousin’s name and the name of a high school classmate. Garry had a cousin who was killed in Vietnam also and he found that name.

From there we stopped at the Tivoli Theater in downtown Spencer. According to Bonnie and Garry this was a theater that at least Bonnie had gone to as a child and it had fallen into beyond disrepair and the plan by the city was to raze it. A local philanthropist came in at the last minute, no money was spared, and the result is a more than state of the art theater in this little village and it is truly amazing. They use it for first run movies, the local library has free movie nights, it is used for plays, and there are areas of the building that can be rented for weddings, meetings, etc. A volunteer that showed us through was very much, and rightfully so, proud of the theater.

By the time we left the four of us were VERY ready for our evening meal. From Spencer we drove to Bloomington and had a wonderful meal at McAllister’s. Afterwards Garry drove us around Bloomington and showed us some additions to IU that have been made since we were there; we drove by and saw Bonnie’s daughter and grandchildren, and were treated to a visit to Garry and Bonnie’s new home.

The not so good part of our trip in the area was a near miss as some idiot tried to pass another car by driving into a space that didn’t exist. The adrenalin pumped pretty hard there for a few seconds but Garry did a masterful job of keeping us out of trouble. A little later a deer decided it was his time to use the road right in front of us. Again Garry’s superior driving skills saved the day!

Getting back to camp around 9:00 we were all ready to call it a day. Tomorrow morning we will have breakfast and then head toward the French Lick/West Baden area. Several of our friends have recommended that we go there and it sounds interesting.

We drove 60 miles today.
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Ron & Judy Hooker on

We have been to McCormick State Park many times. Ronnie's sister, Judy, had the concession stand @ the swimming pool at one time. Some of his family still live in Spencer. It is lovely country.

Lora Carbary on

Pat and John,

I would love to see that part it sounds very nice. Both of you know more people in the USA than anyone I know. It is wonderful that you have so many wonderful friends to visit all over the US. I am sure they were very happy to see you both and spend some quality time. Can't wait to hear about French Lick. We have been invited out to dinner at the Luettchau's house. We are going to the pool today it is warm and sun coming out.

Fun Travels.
Lora

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