Found the coolest thing at West Baden Springs Hotel the other day. Eric and I went to the hotel to walk around the beautiful gardens and when we went indoors we were surprised to find a car sitting under the dome in the atrium. So cool. The story of the car is the last image. Hope you enjoy the photos. 🙂
Was in the hospital and still sick with food poisoning. Not quite up to doing much of anything yet, but here’s some pretty pictures from Ponce Inlet and the Ponce Lighthouse. Stay well!
Been here a couple of weeks and still have tons and tons to do, but I have been to the beach a few times and took some sunrise pictures with my phone. They aren’t the best quality, but wanted to share them with all my blog buddies. Will be back when I can. Love ya!
Revisit history in Mitchell Indiana at Spring Mill State Park Historic Village or commune with nature on the many hiking or biking trails and if you love space travel stop in at the Gus Grissom Memorial. I adore this place so I took Eric here today and wanted to share the photos. Hope you enjoy. To find out more about this beautiful park go here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/springmill/activities.html
Hi everyone. Hope you guys are having a fantastic summer. I don’t have time for a true post, but wanted to update a little around here. Thought I’d post a few photos of the places I’ve visited recently. Hope to see you all soon. 🙂 You can click the links to check out these great places.
For more info and pictures on Sycamore Springs refer to previous posts :
Eric and I went mooching around at Patoka Lake and river last Friday and snapped some pictures. Thought I’d share the experience with you. Patoka is an Indian word meaning “log on the bottom”.
Patoka Lake: At 8,800 acres is the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. state of Indiana, it spreads across Dubois, Crawford, and Orange counties in southern Indiana. It was created as a joint effort by The Army Corp of Engineers and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. It was created by going 118 miles above the mouth of Patoka River and building a 145 feet rockfill, earthen dam. As well as Patoka River, the lake is also fed by several smaller creeks. The Lake has several parks and nature preserves totaling 16,920 acres. The lake provides habitat for freshwater jellyfish and bald eagle nesting sites. River otters and osprey were reintroduced at Patoka by the DNR. The property was home to the DNR’s resident, non-releasable bald eagle, C52. This raptor lived at Patoka Lake from 1988 until he died in 2009, at age 21. I never got to meet this fellow because he wasn’t available for viewing the two times I was there. 😦 I did, however, almost run off the road once when one swooped low in front of my windshield.
Patoka River is 167 miles long and is a tributary of the Wabash River. The Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area established in 1994, is a collection of wildlife refuges and habitats situated along the Patoka River in Gibson and Pike Counties in Southwestern Indiana. We also visited Jasper City Mill which is situated on Patoka River. They have a lovely park and whenever in the area, I like to walk there.
Bald Eagle image from: Wikipedia
Here are the photos of the old hotel I promised. This will be in two posts because of the number of photos. First the exterior and part two will be the interior. Click the pictures for larger image and click the wiki link for the history of this amazing place. Touted as the eighth wonder of the world, West Baden Springs Hotel is part of the French Lick Resort and is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on 100 acres and is centered on a circular building, topped by a one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet. Rooms rise in six tiers around the dome and balcony rooms offer a panoramic view of the atrium. Although originally built as and is now a hotel, it has also been both a Jesuit seminary and a private college. I can spend hours here just walking the gardens. Part of the upper porch was closed because of scaffolding set up for maintenance. You can see it in one of the pictures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Baden_Springs_Hotel