Jingle Rails

Yesterday was one of those days that I started out hating and ended up loving with my whole heart. It was a typical Thursday at work maybe just a little slower. I suppose the anticipation of the rest of the day could have made it seem so but the slowness was killing me. Finally two o’clock hit and I was out of there.

The Eiteljorg Musuem’ s holiday exhibit this year was called Jingle Rails. It was filled with trains, National Monuments, and Indiana Monuments. All of the monuments were made out if wood or various tree bits and we’re the coolest things ever (check out the pictures at the end of this to see). They had a mini Old Faithful that steamed and went off just like the actual geyser. Tipis that had fake fires glowing from the inside. Totem poles that were detailed beautifully. My friend and I absolutely loved it and her little boy enjoyed it twice as much as we did. Not to mention it made my heart so happy to see all those trains. It reminded me so much of my great grandpa and I just know he would have loved seeing it.

Scared Silly

Haunted houses are always abundant this time of year and the perfect way to get a little scared. So this past weekend a friend and I went out with that very intent in mind. We started with Chinese food to end a craving. Then as soon as the sun started to set we headed for the scares.

Hanna Haunted Acres has five different attractions. We made it through three. After all it was just the two of us and we made easy targets. We got there right before it got busy and made it trough the first attraction in no time. 

The line for Outbreak wasn’t long but the screams and noises from inside were definitely fear inducing. My heart started racing before we even made it up to the ticket taker. We got grouped together with a man and his faughters, who we promptly let go first. As we wandered through the lab into the morgue zombies of all kinds popped out. Following us asking for brains. Getting right in my friend’s face asking if her brains were tasty. On we went through a destroyed ambulance all the way to a fork in the road. We went left and survived the outbreak and the thrills with a few screams here and there. 

    Next we decided to try Carnevil next. Which gives away what haunts this haunt. Clowns, moving walls, and blacklights gave this an altogether kooky and spooky vibe. Everything moved and you had wear glasses. Not to mention all the clowns that popped out and called out to you. My friend probably hated that one the most since she hates clowns.

    To end our night we went on the Haunted Hayride which is a favorite of mine. It’s not the scariest but it definitely has its moments. Not to mention your fellow riders help make it better or worse. This year was amazing. Not only were there parts where you couldn’t tell if it was a dummy or actor but the people riding with us were hilarious. I think the hayride is my favorite because they climb up on the wagon with you. Not to mention they get as close to you as possible without touching you. But the people we rode with were scared silly and talking back to the actors like crazy. After the one actor got up on the wagon with us he got as close to the girl next to my friend as physical possible without touching. She was screaming and practically laying down. Then after he got back off the wagon she yelled after him, “Yea that’s right. I’m gonna come back for you when you’re sleeping.” Which caused him to pop up again right behind her. And cue the screams. It was just so much fun.

I definitely can’t wait for next year. Especially the potential to be scared bigger and better.

Farmers Market trip

Waffles, waffles everywhere

I don’t have a new adventure to share with you today. And my mind can’t decide on sharing an old one or one that’s yet to happen. So it’s a toss up as to whether this will make sense or not (have any of my posts made sense?). 

So I think I’ll share an adventure from this summer. A girls day at the farmers market. Not exactly the most exciting of things but fun all the same. I enjoy simple things like this. Early mornings/afternoons spent with my friends just hanging out and being adults. We don’t always get time to do stuff like that so when a free weekend pops up its always nice to do something like this. It all started with breakfast. And what a feast it was. Waffles, waffles everywhere, I’m drooling now just thinking about it. Then a quick trip around downtown Indy and we reached Garfield park.

It was practically the middle of summer and talk about Indiana putting on a show. Hot, humid, and sunny. Which made it both amazing and miserable to be outdoors wandering around. We visited the various booths buying random goods. Fresh veggies, maple popcorn, tea, coffee, and all kinds of Indy grown/made products. The atmosphere was just friendly and inviting and there wasn’t a person you passed with out some sort of a greeting be offered your way. It was great. Plus the chance to spend time being “grown ups” was just too tempting to annoy. After we filled our bags and were done browsing the booths we made our way onto the gardens. Talk about gorgeous. Flowers in full bloom and amazing colors. Grass that was actually green despite the heat. It was gorgeous, the kind of place you can only dream of getting married. Fountains going and everything. Of course the “Don’t stand on grass” and “Don’t touch the fountain”signs tempting me to be rebellious. All in all it was a fun filled day from beginning to end and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend it.


I also vlogged some of it: https://youtu.be/dCjCsr1JXbY

Apple Orchard Exploring

Good way to spend a good fall day.

Yesterday, my friend, her baby, and I went on a fall flavored adventure. We went and explored around the Apple Works here in Indiana.


     Amazingly the current rainy, wet, icky fall weather Indy is experiencing held out and we got to take our time. We explored the grounds and got to see some lovely changing scenery. Everything is still in that transition phase. There’s still glimpses of summer peeking out through what will soon become gorgeous fall colors. The whole place just seemed serene even with hoardes of field tripping children around.

  

    Something that makes the Apple Works feel different to me is the fact that they have a petting zoo area. There were several cute goats, who were all about walking across the bridges. Chickens galore and even a few fresh hatched chicks. An alpaca or two. Or maybe they were llamas. How do you tell the difference? We wandered around petting and talking to animals. Listening to my friend’s baby coo and call out to them. Plus seeing all of the kids reaction to the animals was priceless. Not to mention they had the most amazing signs around over there. And the enclosures were adorable as well.

To wrap up our trip we wandered down to the lake and explored the gazebo. Looked into the murky brown water in search of fish and when that failed we made our way through departing groups of field trippers to the shop/bakery. Which alone was well worth the trip. One it smelled amazing, like if you had bottled fall and released it in a building. It was filled with the normal apple goods and old time candy. But it also had tons of adorable kitchy goods. Like wooden signs with witty sayings. Pumpkin people that were to die for. And tons more, if I had the means I would have bought them out. Instead I got some apple butter, apple cider, and three fantastic caramel apples.

After spoozing for a bit we had the baby pick out a tiny pumpkin all her own. It was too cute to resist. Plus even though she was sick she put up with us taking tons of pictures of her. Even letting us stick her head into a giant cartoon apple to take pictures. She puts up with a lot from her mother and aunt. All n all it was a good way to spend a good fall day.