Hot Tubs, B-Dubs, and Bear Cubs

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Crowne Plaza Hotel

Flag of United States  , Indiana
Monday, August 24, 2009

Hey readers! Mike here.

 After spending five nights in a Super 8 Motel, we decided to splurge (a dollar and a half over our budget) and stay at a Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday and Tuesday night. The drive from Illinois to Indianapolis was only four hours. In comparison to the previous road trip, it was like a trip to Walmart! We pulled up into the hotel before we even started to get bored!

But anyway, the hotel was beautiful. It was by far the nicest place we had stayed yet, and it was refreshing to not hae to worry about if the toilet was going to flush properly, or if the outlet cover was going to fall off the wall.

Kelsey and I had seen a commercial for Chili's 3 for 20 deal. With an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert, it seemed superior to Applebee's 2 for 20 deal. On Monday night, we decided to check it out.
Folks, we highly recommend it. Even to our restaurant-worn taste buds, every dish that came out of the Chili's kitchen onto our table was delicious. From the tortilla chips to the molten chocolate chip cookie cake, we were absolutely delighted.

We learned to play gin. It's a simple game to learn and a simple game to play, and it has proven to be a nice supplement to cribbage. Up until now, cribbage has been the only two-person card card we'd known. It's easy to burn it out if that's the case. But we've enjoyed playing gin in our spare time.

After a great night's sleep, we woke up with a complete day off! (What a job!)
We took our time getting up, ate some leftovers, played some cards, and went down to the hot tub (not easy being a Camfel technician).

We got a call from Kelsey's parents. They were leaving Alabama, on their way back up to Michigan, and they were going right through Indianapolis. We decided to meet them along their route and stop at Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. This would fulfill a month-long craving of mine to have all-you-can-eat buffalo wings, and would fulfill the Nelson's life-long craving to spend time with their children. We like to work win-win :)

Kelsey and I arrived downtown before her parents did. We walked around "The Circle", a monument-stamped, brick-laden center of town with neat things to see. We found a Border's, and bought a copy of Peaks and Valleys. We intend to reference it a lot this year.

Dinner with the Nelson's was wonderful. It was great to talk about our job, talk about their new TomTom, and lick barbeque sauce off our fingerips. We stayed for most of the evening until they had to hit the road again.

Wednesday morning, we checked out of the hotel, with plans to stay at the Whitesell's that night. However, we had all day to drive 40 minutes across town. Luckily, the Indianapolis Zoo was right on our route!

It was warm, but a great day for a zoo. It is one of the top zoos in the country. Highlights of our tour included an elephant show (starring Tombi), penguin feeding, and a dolphin show! On our way out, we walked through a butterfly garden. We scrubbed up with some antibacterial soap, and headed out to Noblesville to visit the Whitesell's.

Strange how I spent more time talking about our hour at dinner in Chili's than our entire afternoon at the zoo. But it's time for me to wrap up. Mike Domeny, signing out.
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