Exploring SE Indiana with Ruth Ann & Frank

Trip Start Jan 01, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2012

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Where I stayed
Thousand Trails Indian Lakes Preserve
What I did
Stockheughter/Enochsburg Covered Bridge
Lil Charlie's Restaurant and Brewery
"Little Nashville", Indiana
Brown County State Park

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

  We enjoyed another late sleep-in this morning, knowing full well that Ruth Ann and Frank, who are parked next to us here at Indian Lakes (our Thousand Trails Membership Park in Batesville, Indiana), are also late starters!

   We got on the road with a rough plan for the day, starting out with a fabulous lunch at Lil Charlie's Restaurant and Brewery (of course, in Greg's case, this was accompanied by a couple of fabulous craft brews!).

   We then started down the first of many long and winding roads, in search of The Stockheughter/ Enochsburg Covered Bridge over Salt Creek - with the help of maps, 2 pieces of GPS Technology, and a combination of "Goby" and Google Maps on my iPod - we stumbled upon it almost by accident!  After taking advantage of the Kodak moment, and visiting with a young Mom and her 3 year old son from a nearby farm (out riding on their quad), we continued with our explorations, heading about an hour away to "Little Nashville".

   Nashville, Indiana is a surprisingly quaint little town in the hills of Brown County, Indiana - reminded me a lot of Manitou Springs, Colorado, or Jackson, Wyoming - it's filled with artsy galleries and shops, and offers several darling wedding chapels and many bed and breakfast inns.  Certainly nothing I'd ever heard of, nor expected to find in Indiana!  You just never know!

   After driving through Nashville and checking it out, we went to Brown County State Park, which gave us some breathtaking views that once again, were totally unexpected in a state usually though of as flat, mostly farming country!  Driving on switchbacks, and stopping at beautiful overlooks - it was just a great day!

   On the way back, Frank stopped in the town of Gnaw Bone (no, I am NOT kidding!), and we picked up a couple of their famous pork tenderloins - which Frank had remembered as the best he'd ever tasted, from some ten years ago!  Got them home, threw together a dinner that included leftover ribs, potato salad, homemade potato chips from the place in Gnaw Bone, and of course, the Pork Tenderloins.   Wow!  We packed alot into  one afternoon!  Thanks to Ruth Ann and Frank for taking us in their vehicle - one of the drawbacks to our fun toad (the Trans Am) is that we can't take friends along, unless it's a very short drive!

   For our last day here, we spent some time together looking at pictures, and the guys did some work around the "homes", and we all donned our red shirts for a spaghetti dinner - I cooked, and we ate at Malone's place!   Hoping we can all get together again at Toledo Speedway on May 20th!

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