Lake Freeman

Captain Jack & his first mate have invited us to their lake house every year. This year, we finally made arrangements to spend some time on Lake Freeman. I was super excited until I got there to find this….

Untitled

WTF. Not again. Is this really why you invited me there?! Of course I had to dig in when my puzzle gene took over. We didn’t get it finished, but I did get it to a place where the Labor Day crew would get it done. Hell, L started this in January! After they would drag me away from it, we got some Rummikub in! Had to teach the college kid this old school game.

Untitled

We woke up to a beautiful blue sky and ready to take a boat ride! But not until my parents arrived! Always a blessing when they can join our festivities!

DSCN0159

Great low and high bridge architecture to check out!

DSCN0164

DSCN0163

We had to make the tourist stop at the sand bar. Little different than I’m used to. People literally run their boats up into the sand bar. Anchors aren’t needed here!

Untitled

But is a grill needed? Yes please! I don’t even like hot dogs, but the thought of a grilled dog from the boat? Count me in.

Untitled

Come dinner time, we were ready for a hearty steak!

Untitled

Great friends, great memories. And I’ll have this memory to laugh at forever!

Riverside Ride

Thanks to a Indy e-newsletter, I learned about a new obstacle course sponsored by the Colts and @Play60. And we can get there via the Monon and Canal Tow Path? Sign us up for a date day ride!

Untitled

I had no idea how cool this would be (for an adult)! First we were greeted with a 40 yd dash.

Untitled

You stand on the Colts Horseshoe and a timer starts. Sprint to the end to see how fast you are. There was 1 other family there with us, and they kept racing. So fun! Next was the obstacle course. You hit a start button and ready, set, go! Here’s me off in the distance.

Untitled

CS brought out his inner Ninja Warrior on the floating plates and rope web.

Untitled

Untitled

We ran the course a few times. The GPS map I made wouldn’t let me zoom in like I wanted, so oh well. This installation also has a simple work out area to use.

Untitled

Very very clever park. Please visit! Until next time, thanks @IndyParks!

Untitled

100 Acre Ride

With CS’s new love of biking, I figured we have lots of spots to visit on 2 wheels. I bought a granny basket so we can travel in style! Packed snacks and bevs, let’s go!

Untitled

First trip… 100 Acres Park for a picnic!

Untitled

We grabbed a bench at the lake to take in the fresh air. So peaceful.

Untitled

We made our own art project!

Untitled

I just love this park. So much to see, do, explore. Go visit! It was a great 20 mile ride for us!

This Might Be A Bad Idea

46 miles across Indianapolis looks like this.

2017 Urban

With a new team this year (Previously), we needed a new name and new shirts to race the 2017 IndyQuest Adventure Race. Since CS has heard about the race every year, he said he was interested in racing. Hmmm. I thought… That might be a bad idea. So our team name was born, This Might Be A Bad Idea. My super gym-mate MH was on board. Alright we are doing this! Here is the selection I sent my team.

Untitled

Of course, the $4.97 Snaccident shirt won. I even had to admit that it is pretty funny. After a long day of racing, we were pooped.

Untitled

We were able to catch up with other racers sharing our experiences of the day.

Untitled

Did you get that checkpoint?
How long did it take you to do the puzzle?
Are your clothes dry yet??

After food and bevs, we were a much happier team!

Untitled

And even scored 2nd place in our division! Not too shabby for this group!

Untitled

Happy to report the poison ivy was very contained this year. Phew. We’ll be back.

Wow Me

All the hype for the eclipse today…  My team at work got glasses. We were ready to be in shock and awe!

“>Untitled

Let’s see this.

Untitled

And it was a bit anti-climatic. Didn’t get very dark. Clouds were on and off. Glad I only lost 20 minutes on this. See ya again in 7 years Mr. Eclipse.

Re-remodel

Previously.

Taking down 1 towel hook in the bathroom almost turned into a complete remodel. It started off with the wrong paint. I could not find the blue paint. Found something that kinda looked like it so I tried it. Couldn’t hurt since I was going to have to repaint some portion of the bathroom anyway! I have no idea where this hunter green color came from. Fail.

Untitled

Ran over to Lowe’s to see if I could find the shade of blue to try to make the tiny repaint solution work and match the color. Paint-karma was not on my side. Got some samples and while walking away, dropped a quart on the floor of Lowe’s and it slow-motioned right up my pant leg in a wave of paint. Hello painted thigh!

Untitled

Well shit. Time for a new color. CS picked a great deep gray shade to match the granite. Bye bye blue…

Untitled

Hello new shower and wall color!

Untitled

Regardless of the removal of 1 hook, a new bathroom shower install was already in the books. I was done with the shitty job that was installed years ago. I called Bathfitters and after a long battle, a beautiful marble surround with a fabulous Delta shower head.

Untitled

Add some new lights, and this room is done. For good.

Untitled

Power Tools

Least favorite activity ever: Cleaning Grout.

While researching the perfect grout cleaning recipe, I stumbled upon a video of a guy who turned his power drill into the grout blaster 3000. I was hooked!

Untitled

I’ve never looked forward to cleaning grout so much in my life! Kitchen and 2 bathrooms done in under an hour.

Zoo-Rangutan

When the sun is out in Indy, every body or every seal is out to soak it in! That’s how brown I want to be!

Untitled

I had not been to the Indy zoo since WAY before the Orangutan exhibit opened. I could see it every time I ran the canal. It was time! Can you see the one on his perch high in the sky?

Untitled

I loved it! I always feel so conflicted visiting zoos. While I love to see the beautiful creatures, I hate the trace-loop most caged animals end up doing. I remember a polar bear at a zoo when I was a kid. He had a pattern. Forward around, reverse. So sad.

Back to this extraordinary open enclosure! A real marvel to look at. Spears, ladders, glass. Swinging fire hoses to climb and metal rungs to explore. It did look like these guys and gals were having fun. But Mama, Sirih, kept following the baby, Mila, like she didn’t approve of her antics.

Untitled

Thousands of zoo fans voted to name this adorable baby with a name that translates to “dear one” in Indonesian. He was dear.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Then this joker comes climbing down from the top and I thought, that could totally look like a sasquatch or a yeti depending on your terrain.

Untitled

Untitled

After we were done with these characters, let’s see some more animals! This guy doesn’t need to climb anything.

Untitled

Our zoo puts on shows through out the day, so we took in a dog show. We always love them on AGT, so let’s see it live! These were all rescue dogs who were given a chance by their amazing trainer. See them jump!

Untitled

Untitled

Next were the big cats. I’ve always loved tigers. Rewind 7 years ago when B & P & I actually got to play with them! Most amazing hands on experience that started my journey towards always having real contact with wild animals. Oh wait. P & I got to do it TWICE!

Untitled

Must have a tiger selfie since I can’t pet him.

Untitled

Add the lemurs were, first napping in a pile. Later, they were bums on a log. Booooooring. I’m so spoiled. At least these brother bears gave us some action!

Untitled

Then came the scary train ride.

Untitled

Thank goodness my parents were here to comfort me.

Untitled

On our way out, real life happened. Hello sssssssssnake!

Untitled

People were freaking out on the sidewalk. Come on, it’s a zoo! Last show of the day, the Macaws. This was awesome. There are 3 tribes of Macaws at the zoo right now. During specific times of the day, each tribe’s cage door opens and they are trained to fly from the cage to the Bicentennial stage near the zoo entrance. Very very cool.

And these birds were not shy about getting to the stage, so watch your head. It’s not the biggest zoo around, but I learned we have a lot to offer. I hope visitors of our city enjoy it too!