Sundays are for football. Or at least they used to be. Now it’s hard to support an organization after foul up after foul up. Domestic violence, gun crimes, drugs, cheating, DUIs, it’s just all too much. I’m already disgusted the way we pay huge ticket prices, merchandise prices, and taxes to support a for profit organization(s) that are swimming in money. I have no problem with profits, but at what cost?
As much as I’d love to monologue about why the NFL needs to be revamped, instead I’m going to tell you about what I did on Sunday in place of watching football…
We live close to a state park. I live in the suburbs, but this unique piece of land is still in the metro area. Right between a ginormous accounting building for the US government and a branch of our state’s community college, it sits on hilly land adjacent to one of the city’s main waterways (supply, not transport). Once a year, the Indiana DNR holds a two day event called the Hoosier Outdoor Experience. Its major sponsor is Ford, so it’s probably Ford’s Hoosier Outdoor Experience, but you get the point.
They bus people in from the parking lot at the accounting building and bring you into the park which has dozens of activities for all ages and interest levels–as long as your interests involve outdoorsy things. They have the requisite food trucks, though generally they’re local Boy Scout troops as opposed to businesses, plus crafts, demos, animals, etc.
We walked around a bit and first ended up at the play equipment. Of course, that was the most interesting to my toddler. We did get her onto a “shuttle” made of a tractor (this is farm country) pulling trolley type carts and went to a section of the park that was billed as specifically for “families”. Radio Disney was there, and AmoebaJr won a notebook by slingshotting a Perry the platypus through a hula hoop at about 3 meters; with a little help from mommy, daddy, and even a tiny bit of help from the hula hoop holder. Then they made her a (hair) bow out of Duck Tape and she got to take some temporary tattoos.
Then we got to the part she liked the most. Near the Radio Disney setup was roughly half a dozen campers on display. We went into each of them. She played with the appliances and had a great time. In two of them, she got in the bed. One was bunk bed style, so she climbed up the ladder and the other was a soft shell that had screen windows on 3 of the 4 sides. Needless to say, she was sold. And at only $14-22k, they were reasonable. Well, mostly because they let you finance it over 180 months. Yes, you read that correctly, 15 years! My mortgage is 15 years; I’m not paying on a camper for 15 years.
Since we started camping about 8 years ago, I’ve thought having a camper would be awesome. When we saw how nice they were, and reasonably priced, we talked to the owner of the dealership. At this point, Hermione and I are sold too. There’s just the pesky matter of needing 20 grand. We’ll get there. In the meantime, our tent is as close to luxury that you can get without actually being indoors.
We’ve been talking a lot, recently, about what our next house is going to look like. I think it’s fair to say it includes a building to store a camper.
We did a few more activities, including going on a trail setup to teach using your senses in hunting and visiting some dogs that were somehow used in hunting, but the guy was busy for a long time so we never got the story on the dogs; just got to pet them. We saw a pig, a ferret, a parrot, and an owl and then grabbed some ice cream before making our way back out of the park.
There was one thing we didn’t hit, that we wanted to. It was abundantly clear that AmoebaJr needed her nap so we had to skip the fishing area. But it was a great time and I hope to go back next year. I think we need to utilize both days, too. We may have this year, but already had plans to go apple picking on Saturday! That went well too, except where I brought my camera and left the memory card in my computer’s card reader…