Trip to Southern Indiana

I recently went home to Southern Indiana.  Rick had his plans fall through, so he joined me.  The drive down was good.  Even going through India No Polis on the day before the big race wasn’t too bad.  We arrived in the late afternoon.  I gave Rick his choice of things to go and do something he wanted.  Of course, he chose the Falls of the Ohio.

The Falls of the Ohio is an interpretative center on the Ohio River.  When the locks are closed, this side of the Ohio dries up and the riverbed is exposed.  There are thousands of fossil that appear under your feet.  The walk across the surface is full of water whirls, pot holes, and fossils.

The flower beds were all in bloom.  The smell was heavenly and the colors bright.  I had to take pictures, of course.

We walked down to the river to find the fisherman standing shoulder to shoulder along the shore.  There was hardly any room for them to be casting out.  As one stepped aside they would close ranks on the spot.  The unfortunately guy or gal would have to force their way back in.  I didn’t know fishing was quite that competitive.

We walked along the bank and back along the trail that leads to a growing ox bow that was developing down stream.  There, the cottonwoods are hanging on in the sands.  It was nice and cool.  We went by a lady with a doberman pincher followed by five puppies.

After leaving the river, we went for dinner at the New Albanian Brewing Company.  I’ve been wanting to check it out, but didn’t want to do it on my own.  Rick could drive so I had decided to try one of their brews.  I chose the one called Naughty Girl.  It seemed appropriate and very hoppy.  The food was fine.

Rick then drove up to the top of the Knobs.  The Knobs are the top of the old river bank that now makes a small mountain.  The drive up and down is quite thrilling.  Rick likes to take the drive when we are in town.  We drove up one side and across the Skyline Drive so we could look out from New Albany to Louisville and beyond.  I took a few photos along the way.

On Sunday, we took my nephew, Charlie, and his son, Trysten, down to Kentucky.  I needed to show my nephew where to find the places the family came from and the graveyards where the most important people were buried.  We had a very nice day with very nice weather.  I was able to find most of the locations.  I told my stories and shared the genealogy of my family.

In between, I was able to pay a visit with my friend, Kay, and my aunt, Brenda.  I had a very nice visit and got a few hugs from all the important people.

Amazed at the number of people out fishing on the banks.  This looking back at the railroad bridge and the gates on the dam.
Amazed at the number of people out fishing on the banks. This looking back at the railroad bridge and the gates on the dam.
Taking a stroll along and over the cliffs that make up the fossil bed.
Taking a stroll along and over the cliffs that make up the fossil bed.
Rick walking along the fossil bed.
Rick walking along the fossil bed.
Walking along the river's edge on the fossil bed.
Walking along the river’s edge on the fossil bed.
A sponge fossil in the rock next to Rick's foot.
A sponge fossil in the rock next to Rick’s foot.
Cottonwoods growing along the banks of the mighty Ohio River.
Cottonwoods growing along the banks of the mighty Ohio River.
Looking out at the river and what part of the fossil beds is exposed right now.
Looking out at the river and what part of the fossil beds is exposed right now.
Flowers and roses in bloom at the Falls of the Ohio visitor's center.
Flowers and roses in bloom at the Falls of the Ohio visitor’s center.
Rick's brick in the memory walkway.  This is under his old name.
Rick’s brick in the memory walkway. This is under his old name.
Mom's brick in the memory walkway at the Visitor's Center.
Mom’s brick in the memory walkway at the Visitor’s Center.
Naughty Girl in the foreground and Orange Dream soda in the background.
Naughty Girl in the foreground and Orange Dream soda in the background.
Rick at the Bank Street Brewery having dinner.
Rick at the Bank Street Brewery having dinner.
Beer wall at the Bank Street Brewery.
Beer wall at the Bank Street Brewery.
Thought this sign in the window at Bank Street Brewery was cool.  Just had to have a picture of it.
Thought this sign in the window at Bank Street Brewery was cool. Just had to have a picture of it.
This is an art sculpture in downtown New Albany.  After a little dinner, we walked over to admire it.
This is an art sculpture in downtown New Albany. After a little dinner, we walked over to admire it.
Looking out from the Knobs towards Louisville.  Beautiful evening for a view.
Looking out from the Knobs towards Louisville. Beautiful evening for a view.
Another view from the top of the Knobs.
Another view from the top of the Knobs.