Showing posts from January, 2013

Shipshewana Ice Festival

While the kids were out of school, I wanted to work in a little getaway. I thought back on a trip we'd taken a couple years ago to Shipshewana to visit the Splash Universe Water Park and figured it would be a perfect trip for right after Christmas. It's not too far away and it would give the kids a chance to play in the water park and maybe I could get a little shopping in and find some edible goodies to write about on my food blog.

I didn't realize what a perfect time of year it would be. We happened to be visiting when the annual Ice Festival was happening. I had no clue until just before we left when I logged onto a Shipshewana Facebook Page to see a post about the Ice Festival.

As we pulled into to town, we noticed a big block of ice being carved with a chainsaw outside Yoder's General Store and Hardware Store. It was pretty cool to see one of the ice sculptures being made.

Next door was the Visitors Center, where I picked up a brochure showing each of the spots …

Long Grove, Illinois

A one-tank trip article I wrote for the Northwest Indiana Times from June 19, 2010. I have such fond memories of visiting Long Grove as a child!

This town offers sweet treats Print

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary: Athens, Michigan

Another article from the Northwest Indiana Times newspaper. This place is loads of fun. My kids loved it!
Snap some photos at Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary Print

Studebaker National Museum: South Bend

This is another travel piece I wrote for the Northwest Indiana Times. Fans of classic automobiles will love this museum in scenic South Bend, Indiana.
From blacksmith shop to big success in the auto industry

Three Oaks Flag Day Festival

Who doesn't love a parade? This one is far off...but mark your calendars because the Three Oaks Flag Day parade and festival is something you won't want to miss. It's in Three Oaks, Michigan from June 14 - 16 with the parade on the 16th at 3 p.m.