World’s Largest Steer and Giant Sycamore Stump

World’s Largest Steer and Giant Sycamore Stump

A tornado swept through Kokomo, Indiana, just days before our visit. Sadly, the tornado destroyed homes. It leveled a Starbucks. It uprooted towering trees in Highland Park. Fortunately, it didn’t touch Old Ben’s home. Old Ben, the World’s largest steer, as well as a giant sycamore stump, are on display behind glass in the Highland Park visitor’s center. Read more

25 Ways to Have Fun at the Illinois State Fair

25 Ways to Have Fun at the Illinois State Fair

I went to my first state fair in 2015. I had been to county fairs many times but had never gotten around to going to the larger Illinois State Fair—or for that matter, any other state fair. I knew the gist of what to expect—farm animals, carnival rides, entertainment and such. What surprised me was the size of the fair. There was so much to see and do. We spent two days at the fair and didn’t get a chance to see everything. Here is a list of 25 things to do at the Illinois State Fair, and it is not all-encompassing. Read more

Pierogi Fest: Whiting , Indiana, Celebrates and Pokes a Little Fun at Their Heritage

Pierogi Fest: Whiting , Indiana, Celebrates and Pokes a Little Fun at Their Heritage

I grew up in Illinois just over the border from Northwest Indiana. Although I no longer live in that immediate area, I have lots of friends and family who do. Over the years I’ve heard talk about Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana. I assumed it was just a small-town festival, no big deal—until I finally went to Pierogi Fest. What a hoot! Read more

Elkhart County Fair: Indiana’s Largest County Fair

Elkhart County Fair: Indiana’s Largest County Fair

It’s fair time! Counties across the country celebrate agriculture in late summer, typically in July and August. We try to go to at least one county fair each year. Last year, we stopped at the Elkhart County Fair in Goshen, Indiana, during our visit to the area. The Elkhart County Fair is Indiana’s largest county fair and one of the largest in the United States. This well-attended fair drew over 183,000 people in 2016.  Read more

Riding the Family-Friendly Soaring Eagle Zip Line

Riding the Family-Friendly Soaring Eagle Zip Line

We found a zip line that’s ideal for beginners, children, and the faint of heart. You wear no helmet or harness. You don’t sign a waiver acknowledging you can be killed. And it costs only five dollars to ride. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line in Mooresville, Indiana’s Pioneer Park is truly family friendly. Read more

Experiencing New Wilstem Ranch Giraffe Encounter

Experiencing New Wilstem Ranch Giraffe Encounter

Last year we had a great time bathing an elephant at Wilstem Ranch. So when we heard about the new Wilstem Ranch giraffe encounter, we had to experience it.  Read more

14 Fun Facts about the North Dakota Capitol

14 Fun Facts about the North Dakota Capitol

We drove to the right location according to the map, but there was no dome. Was this really the North Dakota capitol building? A sign confirmed it was. North Dakota’s capitol is a skyscraper design rather than a dome. We found out the reason for the skyscraper design and lots of other fun facts on the North Dakota Capitol tour. Read more

Mount Rushmore Symbolism

Mount Rushmore Symbolism

As we celebrate Independence Day, I was  thinking about the Midwest attraction that best symbolizes America. Mount Rushmore represents four presidents who were instrumental in our nation’s development, preservation, growth, and development. Read more

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Play Mini Golf at the IMA

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Play Mini Golf at the IMA

Never did I think we’d drive 295 miles round trip to play mini golf. But this was no ordinary mini golf. It was Mini Golf at the IMA, the second year for this summer event at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. And we timed our visit right, since it was also the opening day of the summer beer garden. Read more

Follow the Wayne County, Indiana, Chocolate Trail

Follow the Wayne County, Indiana, Chocolate Trail

Chocolate? An entire trail of chocolate? Absolutely I must do that. And so it was. During our trip to Richmond, Indiana, we indulged in not only chocolate candy, but also chocolate gelato, chocolate cake, even chocolate cheese! The Chocolate Trail includes twelve stops throughout Wayne County, each offering a chocolate sample.  And the best thing about it? It’s free! Another four stops offer a complimentary sample with purchase. With Chocolate Trail passports in hand, we made it to eight trail stops during our three days in Richmond. Read more