So this weekend Crysta and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. In an attempt to get out of the apartment for it, Crysta suggested we have "an adventure." Due to the limits of budgets, we had to get creative in finding something to do then for this adventure. There were several ideas thrown around (some good, some bad -- some randomly insane), but in the end we decided that we'd get in the car and drive out to one of Indiana's state parks.
And so we drove the hour and a half to Turkey Run State Park.
The drive itself was a simple one - most of it was a road we'd taken on one of our other random weekend drives. Indiana is, for the most part, a flat and uninteresting place. But part of me loves just passing through small towns, it was, as always, a joyful drive.
Turkey Run State Park is an interesting place - it's a patch of woods that remains pretty unchanged from the way Indiana used to be before it was cleared for farmland. Combined with the fact that it's one of the few places around here to actually get touched by a glacier, the closest area similar to what you'll find here... is Northern Wisconsin. Seriously, it's like walking into a random patch of of the place I've called home for the last decade in the middle of Indiana flatness.
And because of that, it was an absolute joy to be there. We paid the $5 entry fee for Indiana residents, parked the car, and took a walk around. The first thing we did was head over to the Nature Center, as we're nerds and we like to do some learning wherever we go.
After tooling around there, we did some hiking around on the trails (including crossing the very cool suspension bridge seen in the first photo I posted in this entry).
There are also a couple of historic buildings on the park grounds, including the log church (pictured right) which was built in 1871, which we managed to go find in the woods. We didn't really hunt down any of the other ones, but the weather looked like it was going to turn, and we didn't want to get caught out in the rain.
The State Parks in Indiana are interesting to me in that some of them have hotels on there premise, and Turkey Run is one of them. For next year we're considering getting a room to stay there so we can spend more time on the trails (and not have to drive an hour and a half home when we're done).
So, that was our Saturday. Sunday, our actual Anniversary, we merely went out to a nice dinner (as obviously both of us had to work come this morning). We had to compete with the Father's Day crowd sadly, but thankfully our Anniversary won't fall on said holiday again for another five years I think? I'll have to check a calendar.
In any case, I look forward to doing this again in the future.