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Posted June 4, 2012 - 9:22:19

I think I've mentioned this before, but I think it bears repeating, that one of the things my wife Crysta and I are trying to do more often is explore the area around us. In this day and age, it's exceptionally easy to stay home and just live in our comfortable, insular bubbles.

In our continued efforts, this Saturday we decided to venture over to the local Zoo here in Lafayette, IN. It's not a large facility, but as it's free, checking it out seemed like a no-brainer.

I was actually quite impressed by the Columbian Park Zoo when I got there. Again, it may not have the diversity of the big city zoos I grew up with (nor the larger animals), but the habitats were modern, well maintained, and overall it was a really cool place.

I wish I had more to write about the place, but I don't really have the ability to come up with descriptors better than "It was a zoo," "It was cool," or "It was free."

CIMG0414.jpgOn Sunday we decided to head out once again into the random world surrounding the town, and we went on a drive out of the city on one of the myriad of highways that pass through Lafayette. Venturing down Highway 52, we came across a lone historical marker on the side of the road.

The marker listed the location of the first successful C-section. The curious thing was the language, which started out with "On the kitchen table of this house" (emphasis mine). I don't know if you can see this, but in my picture... there is no house. Researching online, I think there used to be a house there (as this page from 2001 shows a house there), but lord knows what happened in the last decade to it.

CIMG0415.jpgWe continued on our drive, taking random turns, and looping around a portion of western Indiana. At the end, we stopped by Sugar Creek Park in Crawfordsville, walking through the woods, and getting a nice close up view of some vultures.

For the record, Vultures are actually pretty cool looking birds - regardless of their less than wonderful reputations.

I sometimes wonder why we haven't always gone out and ventured into the world around us. It's such an easy thing to do, and frankly has become such a rewarding experience. As I said before, it's far to easy to just sit at home and turn on yet another TV show. The very nature of our weekends have changed from being quiet days on the couch to exploring the countryside for hours at a time.

Sometimes you just have to be willing to stop watching the world around you through a digital filter, and start getting out into it yourself.
- Traegorn

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