Dining at Key West Shrimp House: Iconic Restaurant on the Ohio River

Dining at Key West Shrimp House: Iconic Restaurant on the Ohio River

French Fried Shrimp…Shrimp Orleans…Shrimp Panama…Coconut Shrimp… Shrimp Scampi… Browsing the menu that includes nine shrimp entrees, plus other seafood options, you might think the restaurant was located along the Gulf Coast. But the iconic Key West Shrimp House overlooks the Ohio River in Madison, Indiana. Read more

Touring Southern Indiana’s Marengo Cave

Touring Southern Indiana’s Marengo Cave

If you’ve ever toured a cave, you’re likely familiar with stalactites, stalagmites, columns, soda straws, and flowstone. Maybe even draperies and cave bacon. But have you ever heard of a calcite flower? Or seen a pool of water so reflective that you mistake the reflection for a deep recess of the cave? Every cave offers something special. A calcite flower and the reflective water are just two unique attributes  in southern Indiana’s Marengo Cave, arguably the most decorated cave in the Interior Lowlands of the United States. Read more

Schimpff’s Confectionery: Peppermint Candy Made before Your Eyes

Schimpff’s Confectionery: Peppermint Candy Made before Your Eyes

The sugar mixture boiling in the copper kettle was not quite 325 degrees when we arrived at Schimpff’s Confectionery. As soon as it reached is “magic temperature,” we would watch Warren Schimpff make peppermint candy with same equipment his great-grandfather used over a hundred years ago in this Jeffersonville, Indiana, candy shop. Read more

League Stadium: Where ‘A League of Their Own’ was Filmed

League Stadium: Where ‘A League of Their Own’ was Filmed

The stadium was quiet on this late October morning, deserted except for a lone maintenance man. Vintage billboard signs that usually line the outfield fence had been taken down to be touched up. There were no roaring crowds or ballplayers in knickered uniforms. But standing in the outfield, looking into the dugout, took me back to the most famous scene of the 1992 movie A League of Their Own, which was filmed here at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana. Read more

Wilstem Ranch: How to Bathe an Elephant

Wilstem Ranch: How to Bathe an Elephant

Bathing an elephant is a lot like washing a car—but a lot more fun. Rinse with a hose. Spray on shampoo. Scrub with a long-handled brush. Rise again. You can help bathe an elephant when you make a Spa Appointment at the Elephant Retreat at Wilstem Ranch near French Lick, Indiana. Read more

Webster City: Exploring Rural Life – Day 3

Webster City: Exploring Rural Life – Day 3

This summer we spent a weekend in Webster City, an agricultural community in North Central Iowa. On Day 1 and Day 2 of our visit, folks from the community chatted with us about farming past and present. The third day of our visit highlighted local community entertainment, as well as a stop at a local grocer that emphasizes locally produced foods. Read more

Howard County Veterans Memorial: A Tribute to Those Who Served

Howard County Veterans Memorial: A Tribute to Those Who Served

Today is Veteran’s Day, the day set aside each year to honor those who have served in the United States military. However, our veterans shouldn’t be just a once-a- year thought. Therefore, when we visit an area that has a veteran’s memorial, we try to see it to pay respects to those who have fought for our freedom. On our recent visit to Kokomo, Indiana, we visited the Howard County Veteran’s Memorial. The memorial, located in Darrough Chapel Park, is dedicated to all Howard County veterans. Read more

Pennsylvania State Capitol: Floor to Dome Opulence

Pennsylvania State Capitol: Floor to Dome Opulence

Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the Pennsylvania State Capitol was “The handsomest Capitol I ever saw” when he dedicated the building in 1906. And that was before 21 years of art installations. Over a hundred years later, I share Roosevelt’s opinion. The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg is an extraordinary piece of art, from floor to dome. Read more

How Historic Newburgh Celebrates Halloween

How Historic Newburgh Celebrates Halloween

Small town festivals have a charm that you don’t see with bigger city festivals. It seems everyone knows everyone else and the festivals are an all-town party. I had the pleasure of visiting historic Newburgh, Indiana, a town of about 3,300 people, during their Ghostly Stroll Halloween Parade and Harvest Festival in the Park. It was actually the second weekend of the Newburgh Halloween celebration, which began the prior week with Ghostly Walks. Read more

Touring the Sechler’s Pickles Factory

Touring the Sechler’s Pickles Factory

As soon as I stepped out of the car outside the small factory in St. Joe, Indiana, the pungent pickle aroma had me puckering and craving pickles.  I’d get my fill of pickles at the tasting table after I saw how pickles are made during the Sechler’s Pickles factory tour. Read more