Roger here... For our friends across the country, who knew? that an outdoor destination like Turkey Run State Park exists in Indiana? Dianne and I knew. We have been there dozens of times from childhood up to and including three nights last weekend.
Turkey Run has something for everyone who loves the outdoors: camping, kayaking, canoeing, or tubing down Sugar Creek, history, covered bridges, a cool suspension bridge, and great hiking (in slot canyons, along rock ledges, along the rocky cliffs of Sugar Creek, up a series of ladders, and through very dense forests). There are also other interesting activities: breakfast juice, corn hole, eating, more breakfast juice, and more corn hole.
For many years our camping friends, Chuck and Cindy, have organized a Turkey Run camping weekend. It was a smaller group in the early years: Chuck and Cindy, Audrey, Pat, Jessica, and Dianne and me. The group has expanded. This year's group of 17 included friends, family, teaching colleagues, and friends that were made at Turkey Run over the years.
A kayaking trip down Sugar Creek is always a highlight of the weekend.
|Kayakers going down Sugar Creek. Picture taken from Sunset Point.|
|Canoes in the creek. Hikers on the rocks and catwalks.|
|We loved watching the floaters clinging together --- a lazy river ride.|
Mornings always start with breakfast juice.
(For the uninitiated, breakfast juice is Bloody Marys, Chuck's special recipe -- D). Chuck always keeps the mother jug ready for refills. A friend of mine from Billericay, England, Allen (Sandy), responded to a photo of this on Facebook by writing, "Start the day off right."
On the second day, after breakfast juice, Dianne and I took the dogs on a hike. My love of hiking started during trips to Turkey Run when I was younger. You simply cannot experience Turkey Run without hitting the trails. It is a beautiful place. Some of the more interesting trails, the ones with rocky ledges and ladders are accessible on the far side of the suspension bridge. We stuck to the simpler trails on this visit. The dogs don't do well with ladders and neither does Dianne.
|Suspension bridge that connects the hiking trails|
|Look, Dad, I found a stick in the creek!|
When we returned to the campsite, it was time for corn hole. During our travels, I have discovered that not everyone knows about corn hole, and even if they do know about it, they have not played it. Most of the folks who do know about the game are from the midwest. It is a very popular diversion among college students during Big Ten football weekends and at midwestern state park campgrounds. As you can see, our venue included spectator seating.
|Need to get Purdue boards to use in Texas|
Breakfast juice refills were always available for the spectators. Breakfast juice.... it's not just for breakfast any more :-).
|The doggies enjoyed watching the game, too.|
|Jessica helps prepare the table. Steve in the background.|
|Crossing a small stream while hiking underneath a rocky ledge.|
Next post... off to Indy!
The pet picture of the day features Bandido during one of our hikes. He bolted onto this rock like a giddy puppy.
|I love rocks just like my Dad!|