What to do and so many choices. That is the situation we are in. We sold our spacious 4 bedroom home with an in-ground swimming pool 5 years ago. Our kids were all grown and college educated and we were ready for a big change. So we sold our house and bought an RV to travel the country. And that is what we did for 5 wonderful, exciting years. Then coronavirus struck and shut down the US. Being of the 65+ older population, yes we are “baby boomers”…we decided to play it safe and stay in our small 2 bedroom house in Indiana. Plus, we have our youngest son, who is unmarried and takes care of the house while we are gone, that would be able to help us. You know, grocery shopping, picking up our meds and etc.
Then we fast forward, or slowly forward to today. Should we continue our adventures or should we acknowledge we are getting older and stay put? It’s a big decision for us. Our kids live in Washington state, Texas, Ohio and Indiana, we’ve always had fun visiting them while we travel. We are pretty healthy and able to get around and take care of ourselves. We’ve spent a winter in Harlingen, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley which we loved. We were enjoying wintering in the Hill Country west of Austin when the virus hit the US and then we got coronavirsed in after retuning to Indiana. We were going to spend this winter’s months in the southern part of Texas and visit our Texas family while there.
So, maybe writing it down has helped me see things clearer and I’m questioning why I’m even thinking of giving up our adventurous traveling lifestyle. We just wish we could get our COVID-19 vaccines sooner than later.
Found our newest favorite wine! Road House Red from Buck Creek Winery in Indiana has won the taste test and proven to be our favorite. We had been to Buck Creek Winery about a year or two ago and had even taken a tour of the winery. We knew we liked their wine, but we hadn’t found one that totally captured us. That is until we returned a couple of weeks ago.
The Road House Red variety is a sweet concord grape wine with an 11% ABV. It is sweet, smooth and very tasty. It is good with cheese and fruit. We also liked it with chocolate. In fact, we liked it with everything we tried it with.
We spent a lot time trying different wines from wineries while we had been stuck with the coronavirus. Not that we had it, we were very fortunate, but then we didn’t hardly leave our house for almost a year now.
We also like the Road House White and have ordered some more of it too. Did I mention it can be ordered online and mailed to you? They have an extensive wine list for your buying pleasure.
But, Road House Red has become our favorite. You can check out the other varieties they offer at the Buck Creek Winery website. The winery is only 30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis off of Interstate 74.
We traveled to the 450 North Brewing Co. outside of Columbus, Indiana yesterday afternoon. It was our first time to this brewery and we weren’t sure what to order. In fact, we were too “coronavirus scared” to go into the establishment. So, our dear son went in and brought out a beer list for us. We got a growler of the Dunkel, which is advertised as a German style lager, dark, smooth and malty. At 5% ABV we loved it and will for sure be getting more. We are wanting to try some of their other brews as they have a large selection to choose from.
We are anxiously waiting to get our coronavirus vaccines so we can start visiting places again. 450 North Brewing is going to be one of our first go to places, as the food menu looks very good.
They are part of Simmons Winery, so we guessed at a bottle of wine we wanted to try. We tried the Fuzzy Peach table wine and we were a little disappointed with our pick, as it wasn’t as sweet as we like. But, our fault as we didn’t go inside to do a wine tasting. Next time we will go in and try some of the sweeter wines.
Looking forward to going back to this winery and brewery. I’m getting hungry just thinking of their menu!
Sher and Maj wish all our friends a very Merry Christmas and happy Holiday Season. This year has been tough for many in many ways. Hopefully 2021 will be better.
Remain vigilant and stay safe and healthy!
I had just got back from my morning walk and was sitting outside at the table enjoying a cup of coffee when I noticed something on Sher’s bike.
I have never seen a caterpillar quite like this one before. Not sure why it liked the soft plastic handlebar grips on the bike.
We are back on the road again enjoying a few days at this very nice park that is part of the Thousand Trails system. The weather is just delightful today. It was cool this morning and the temps now at mid day are in the low 70s. It is so nice that the heat has finally broken and there is a hint of fall in the air.
I was able to capture a fairly decent iPhone image of Hawk as he flew. Birds of prey are such a thrill to see.
We’re at another RV park for a few days. This one is in Ohio between Columbus and Cincinnati. This one is gated, with the code provided so the checkin was contactless.
There are lots of rigs, but few people. Probably real busy on the weekend.
The weather is very nice, great for windows open sleeping and comfortable during the day for walking or riding bikes. We’re still being very cautious and doing the “social distancing” things.
This year has been a wreck. Coronavirus, the economy, protests, fires, hurricanes and of course “Political Stuff “. Sher and I are grateful to be able to get back out on the road. Our spirits are raised and we’re feeling more optimistic about things…
Stay safe friends!
Sher and I have been pretty much staying at home, wanting to avoid that COVID-19 virus. We took a trip a few days ago and walked around in Vincennes, Indiana. We were anxious to get out and on the road again, however, and decided that we’d try out staying in an RV park see if we felt safe being in that environment.
We found what looked like a very nice park not that far from our home base. It was part of the Thousand Trails, a membership program where you pay a yearly fee and are then able to access RV Parks without any further fees. We felt that by having only 10 nights of stays at these parks, we’d pay for the membership, anything beyond that would be no charge.
The Thousand Trails Indian Lakes Resort in Batesville, Indiana turned out to be a good choice for our first time out for a park. We had reservations, and did have to go into the gate house to get the dash board slip and the gate “key”. I would have preferred a no contact check in, but the lady did not let anyone else in while I was taking care of check in. Yes, she and I both had masks on.
We easily found an open site (sites are first come, first served). Back in on a level gravel drive with a nice shade tree. There was a concrete pad and permanent State Park style grill. The power pole and the water bib were clear at the back of the site. It took almost all of our electric cable to plug in, and both our water hoses. Our T Mobile service was not very strong, but at least we could open email and access a few web pages.
A colorful sunset is a good way to end the day
We found that we felt safe at this park. We could hike around the park, and there were never so many folks that you could not keep the proper social distance. We chatted with some fellow campers, at a distance of 20 feet at least! By bringing all of the supplies we need, there was of course no need to go to any stores. We think we have found a safe way to travel, at least until there is a treatment or cure for the coronavirus. Oh yeah, we’re heading out again next week.
The bridge carries U.S. 50 Business across the Wabash River from Vincennes, Indiana to Lawrence County, Illinois. The east end of the bridge is in the George Rogers Clark National Historic Park. At this entrance to the bridge you will find two large pylons made of granite, each with a raised sculpture depicting a Native American Chief.
The bridge is of what is called a deck arch design, and has two traffic lanes and wide pedestrian walks on each side of the roadway. It was opened to traffic in September, 1933.
View from the George Rogers Clark Monument
Wabash River walk, Clark monument to the left, bridge to the right
We drove across the bridge, not knowing that there was a sculpture/monument to Abraham Lincoln just on the other side of the river. Had we known, we would have walked across the bridge. We’ll cover that attraction in another post.
There were very few people out the day we were in Vincennes, thus we could easily maintain “social distance” and did feel safe. It was great getting out to see some things after our long COVID-19 isolation.
This beautiful statue of Jesus is found behind the Catholic Basilica in Vincennes, Indiana. The statue includes the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus symbol.