20th Century Opulence...
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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This morning we had a wonderful true camping breakfast with Bonnie and Garry. Bonnie has perfected the art of preparing ANYTHING in an electric skillet! Today she did bacon and potatoes and BISCUITS for heaven’s sake! Who knew that was a possible deal! She says if she has an electric skillet and a toaster oven she can conquer the world, and I believe it. I prepared some items as did Bonnie, and the four of us had a wonderful time eating in the fresh air underthe lovely large trees and once again talking each others’ ears off! As Bonnie said later, it is so wonderful to have friends that you can see after a long separation and start off with each other as if it were yesterday
After eating and talking and laughing as long as we could, the time still arrived for us to be on our way. The four of us agreed to say "Happy Trails" rather than good bye, and John and I pulled out of McCormick’s Creek at 10:45. The temperature was a comfortable 75 degrees and this was a lovely morning.
After driving about an hour and a half we arrived at Spring Mill State Park. We were there at the not so subtle request of oldcat to pick up some corn meal that was milled there at the park in an old grist mill. According to oldcat, it is the best corn meal to be found. At any rate, we now have some loaded in our freezer to be delivered at DWLP whenever we arrive back…the freight bill may be quite large. The corn meal is cheap, but gas is quite expensive, not to mention the personal handling! ;-)
Leaving Spring Mill State Park the temperature had climbed to 83 degrees. Do I REALLY want to go home?? Our trail towards the French Lick/West Baden area took us through the little town of Paoli. The hills were much more rolling in that area and the twisting two lane road was a delight to travel
After walking around the hotel for thirty minutes or so we talked to a gentleman who worked there and asked about parking at the West Baden Springs Hotel. He told us that we had turned left rather than right at a point and there was plenty of parking. Off we went again, this time getting it right. (We did make a short stop for a quick lunch before going there…don’t ask, but yes a frappe was included!)
Both of us liked the West Baden Springs Hotel MUCH better than the French Lick Springs Hotel
Our biggest mistake of the day for which we both apologize is that neither of us thought to take videos of these two old hotels. I took pictures, but the rooms were so large it will be hard to get the real feel of the place. It didn’t hit us what we had done until we had already left so it was too late to correct our error. Sorry.
From West Baden we drove back once again towards Paoli, Indiana. On the way through town we took a short side trip up the side of a mountain to see the Paoli Peaks Ski area
Our drive the rest of the afternoon was again on back roads which we much prefer to interstates. The land in this part of Indiana is quite hilly and there were many small towns along our route. The afternoon was very nice…temps up to 86. We arrived at our camp for tonight, Louisville Metro KOA on the Indiana side of the Ohio River. We stayed here once five or six years ago. After setting up camp, we went on a good walk which felt good after driving and touring today.
Our site is reasonably level and paved, the electricity is good and we have free wifi that I hope will be strong enough to post this blog in a few minutes. We drove 144 miles today.
Are we “there” yet? We have driven as far East, North, and West as we intend to go on this trip which leaves only South. “Maybe we will be “there” tomorrow?? Stay tuned.