Tuesday, July 31, 2018

7-31-2018 Lyft to the Chatterbox to hear Allison Walters

We headed out with Mark and Annette to Mass Ave. in Indianapolis to check out a band.  We went to the Chatterbox which is an old dive bar that has been there since nobody went downtown.

It was a misty day.  The Chatterbox is right on Mass Ave in Downtown Indianapolis.  We took a Lyft to get there and it cost 10$ one way for 4 people.

This is the bathroom wall

Allison was a good singer, but the bar was loud

it is a very small place

Sunday, July 29, 2018

7-29-2018 Bike Trip to Broad Ripple

This was a Sunday and we hooked up with Mark and Annette and biked into Broad Ripple.  They had a little craft sale and a band and the neighborhood businesses were throwing a sidewalk sale.

The band was really really good

Your typical little pop up market.  All of the people at this one were making their own stuff.

This is a carved limestone block that is right on the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple.  For those unfamiliar, Broad Ripple is a section of Indianapolis.

The Trail borders the White River

Friday, July 27, 2018

7-27-2018 Biking around on the trails

It seems to be a common theme...Biking around. But Indianapolis has a bunch of great trails and you can get around to all sorts of stuff.  At first we were going to hang out at a new Brew Pub, but the wait was super long, so we went to Plan B.

We ran into these guys from the Goshen Brewery.  They were going to be going to the Indy Brewfest which was going on the next day.
Since the Brewpub was full, we ended up at Mama Corollas which is a little Italian Restaurant right on the bike trail

4 of us had the Lasagna which was some of the best I have ever had

Cara got the Ravioli

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

7-25-2018 Music under the sails at the Eiteljorg Museum

We have been working on www.WhiteRiverStatePark.com which is a fan site detailing a wonderful collection of parks, museums, art, and outdoor spaces in Downtown Indianapolis.  We went down there to get a few more pictures and to listen to a great Band that was playing at the Eiteljorg Museum.

We biked about 6 miles to get downtown to the Canal trail

This is one of the many free outdoor spaces that are detailed at www.WhiteRiverStatePark.com

Iconic picture of the Indianapolis Skyline. 

The music was held outside under the sails at the Christel DeHaan Family Terrace

The band was very entertaining
Below is a video of the band....check it out

Monday, July 23, 2018

7-19-2018 to 7-23-2018 Put In Bay Trip

Be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the post.

Our friends Mark and Annette needed to go to Ohio so Annette could go on a business trip near Mansfield Ohio.  We tagged along for the weekend.

On the way we found a nice Thai Place to eat

The next Morning we checked out the downtown area and found this carrousel

Zora was kind enough to pose for a picture

Notice Zac not participating in the carrousel fun
After that we headed down to the old Ohio State Prison where the movie Shawshank Redemption was filmed.

They said that the movie is what saved the prison from demolition. 

This was how most of it looked with a bunch of peeling paint

This is the chapel....Notice Zora leading the ceremony?

We are looking out from the Pulpit.  Must have been the best place in the Prison

2 bunks a sink and a toilet.

6 floors of cells

peeled paint everwhere

Shower room

This area was redone for the movie set of Air Force One.  The prison was the set for the Russian scenes

After that we used a restaurant.com and yelp rating cross reference to visit Doc's CafĂ©. 

For dinner that evening we went to Rayz On The Bay.

This was pretty much the car action in the back.  We had a big van to ride in.

The next day we boarded the Ferry and headed to Put in Bay, Ohio.  It is about a 15 minute ferry ride to an island.

There were tons of people heading to the island (16 busloads from Detroit, we later learned).

We started off on a hiking trail....they painted all the rocks orange?

Everybody got hungry so we stopped off for lunch

Next stop was a tour of the worlds largest geode......it is a cave where you go inside of a geode.  The geode was made by the pressure of the glaciers they said.

You can see how big the crystals were

Nothing but giant crystals! Well, it IS the largest known Celestite geode in the world.

Then we headed off to the Admiral Perry National Peace Monument.  We were treated to some re-enactors.  See below for the video.

This shows the actual Admiral Perry Memorial.  A decisive battle in 1812 was fought and won here.  Now it is a peace memorial celebrating the peace forged from the war of 1812.

On this day the downtown area of Put In bay was a Giant packed party.

Lots of cops

Zac got a huge pile of ribs for dinner

It was a great Trip.  Below is a great video explaining the Musket Battles and the significance of the War of 1812 and the importance of the Peace Memorial.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

7-12-2018 biked with Mark, Annette, Zac and Zora to Carmel

We biked a long way but we had a bunch of stops.  We headed out from Marks and up the Monon Trail.
First stop was Big Lug's Canteen

Zora got shrimps

This is an eggplant salad

loaded sweet potato fries

Carmel and Indianapolis both have publicly funded bike shares, neither has allowed the private bike shares yet.

On the way back we stopped by a beautiful park

See the goldfish?