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Old 02-25-2011, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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I've not been to the HNF, either. Hope to see it this coming summer.

Have you ever taken the water tour through the cave at Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell? It's way cool.

They recently improved the campgrounds at Indiana Dunes State Park, which is about 20 mins due north from my home. Very nice sites. And the Lake Michigan beach is beautiful. Hiking the dunes is a great workout!
All the caves were closed at Spring Mill when we went last spring ... but now that I have my brand spankin' new state parks pass (a whopper of a deal for $40), I'm planning on being a total state park person.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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All the caves were closed at Spring Mill when we went last spring ... but now that I have my brand spankin' new state parks pass (a whopper of a deal for $40), I'm planning on being a total state park person.
Sounds way fun. You GO, girl!
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Carmel, Indiana
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All the caves were closed at Spring Mill when we went last spring ... but now that I have my brand spankin' new state parks pass (a whopper of a deal for $40), I'm planning on being a total state park person.
I hope they have them opened up this year! And that's a great deal on the state park pass. If I lived in the southern half of the state I would definitely invest in one.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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I hope they have them opened up this year! And that's a great deal on the state park pass. If I lived in the southern half of the state I would definitely invest in one.
It's not terribly far from Carmel to many of the state parks. Most are so beautiful, it's worth a couple/few hours' drive to get there, and a one-day visit is quite doable.
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Turn Left at Greenland
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BCSP and Yellowood are totally doable from Carmel! I think if I only use it for BCSP, it will be well worth it.
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Carmel, Indiana
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BCSP and Yellowood are totally doable from Carmel! I think if I only use it for BCSP, it will be well worth it.
Oh yeah, I know they're doable. I spent most of my life in the Center Grove area so I'm very familiar with just about everything south of there. I just think I'm a little bit far away to mess with investing in a year-long pass since I don't make it down that way very often anymore. And with so many things here in Carmel, Indy and the rest of the metro competing for my time and entertainment dollars it's tough to fit much else in!

I would love to get to BCSP later this year though. We'd like to do a "staycation" this fall in Columbus, Nashville and Bloomington over a long weekend so we'd definitely try to fit it in. I've always contended that the I-46 corridor between Columbus and Bloomington is far and away the most interesting part of the state. Indy is great for all of the big city stuff but I can't think of another example of three totally unique towns being so close together anywhere else in the state, and I love all three of them equally!
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Valparaiso, IN
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I would love to get to BCSP later this year though. We'd like to do a "staycation" this fall in Columbus, Nashville and Bloomington over a long weekend so we'd definitely try to fit it in. I've always contended that the I-46 corridor between Columbus and Bloomington is far and away the most interesting part of the state. Indy is great for all of the big city stuff but I can't think of another example of three totally unique towns being so close together anywhere else in the state, and I love all three of them equally!
You make me want to hop into the car and head for all of those places, McLaren! I'm determined to spend more time exploring Indiana this year. I've been a Hoosier all my life (except for several months in 1981), and don't travel in the state as much as I'd like to. Unfortunately, I only have 10 vacation days in an entire year, so trips that are more than a weekend are few and far between.

My 21-year-old goddaughter from Arizona will be visiting me this summer, and I'm considering a few days' stay at one of the state parks. Wish I knew what dates she'll be here, because I know you have to book way in advance to get rooms at the park inns. (Goddaughter is definitely not a camper!)

Since I'm way up in the NW corner of the state, it's nice to be reminded by the rest of you about all the beautiful places to visit in our state. I've been to a lot of the parks over the years, but have yet to see a few of them. It's high time I did something about that!
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:39 AM
 
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Nice one thing man..:-)
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