Sunset on Pensacola Beach

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Indiana Visit - part one

We make a trip to Indiana each year.  No winter trips.  We do not want to get caught up in snowy, slippery roads.  Summer we love here with the pool and beach.  So fall is a great time to go with the change of leaves.  We got to see lots of family and friends and took a trip to Monticello.  Dad and Ron had two days to work together in his garage putting up shelving and working on some of the woodworking tools.   Now, to me that does not sound like fun but they had a great time.

So off we go very early in the morning.  Alabama is green and hot - just like Florida.  But I know the further along we get, the change of leaves will begin.  

After spending the night at a La Quinta in Columbus, Indiana, we went to meet with Tony, our financial investor.  We think the world of him and what he has done for us.
Kacey ran the meeting with a strong paw.

The next day I enjoyed spending time with my friends Kelly and Betty at the Chesterton outdoor market.  So fun!   Also, coat weather along with jeans.  It has been a long time since I have worn those items.  And this handsome guy is Colin.   He is eating his cheese fish.  I loved spending time with Colin.  He is one happy and energetic five year old.

The next day was a trip to Monticello for a boat ride.  Here is a picture of one coaster at Indiana Beach.    This is home away from home to us.

Tammy and Joe own a beautiful deck boat that we were invited to ride.  Tammy teaches with my brother Dave.   Bless you, Tammy!  (He-he)

A couple of swans on the lake.  I am sure they are glad the tourist season is over and they have the lake back to themselves.

Trees were so pretty.   Some in the middle of bright, beautiful changes and some have not yet begun.

This is Mom and Dad's house on the lake when they lived on Kean's bay.  Unfortunately, the new owners and not keeping up with repairs and it shows.

Anchor Bay resort is the resort that we owned for 7-8 years on the bay that Indiana Beach is located.    8 cabins, a large house, 50,000 gallon swimming was lots of work.

The Apple Orchard just happens to be down the road from Ron's house.   It is a wonderful fall experience!  

So, this is a picture of my cousin Sandy wearing a pumpkin hat at the Apple Orchard in Hobart.  

Mom, Dad, and Sandy ..........we had so much fun.    

Sandy, me, and Mom.  

This long, and mean long barn holds apples, pumpkins, goods that have been canned, gift items, pies, donuts, and so much more.  Yummy.

Mums galore and so beautiful.   Also, so much cheaper than Florida.

More colors.

And everywhere you go, CORN.  CORN, CORN, CORN, CORN, CORN.  Unless it is beans.   

Fall in Florida - or the panhandle - is so different than Indiana. Some things I have noticed are:
  • it is usually 80ish.  
  • some trees loose their leaves and yet enough trees keep their leaves all winter so you don't notice such a different.   
  • you can always go to Lowes and get flowers - like winter pansies.   
  • if it goes down below freezing for a night, it might be up to 50 during the day.   
  • the grass does go dormant so no mowing in the winter, and no watering the grass.
  • so much more sunshine is enjoyed here!  I so remember weeks without sunshine in Indiana during winter months.
I will finish off the second part of this blog in a couple of days!   I had such a great time seeing everyone!!!!!   All our Hoosier friends and family - enjoy those gorgeous fall colors.