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Indiana & the Grandkids

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Travelin' Grandma
. . . on the trail Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Lewis and Clark

    The grandkids and I have been invited by a distant cousin to visit southern Indiana this summer.
     “What’s in southern Indiana?” asks P.J.
    “Is there a golf course?” asks Bradford.
    “What’s there for me to do?” wonders Marisa. “After all, I’m 13 now and almost grown up.”
     “Well, cousins Bentley and Sara say there’s lots to do, especially near the Ohio River where Lewis & Clark traveled and also at Santa Claus, Leavenworth, Jasper, and Huntingburg,” I answer. “Let’s look at the map and the itinerary they sent.”

DAY ONE – Check in at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort (877-937-7839, www.lake in Santa Claus, Indiana. We’ll rent a family cabin here. Visit Dr. Ted’s Musical Marvels (812-937-4250, open Memorial Day through Labor Day) located north of Santa Claus via Highway 245 and a few miles north of Dale via Highway 231. Here we’ll see a colossal collection of street organs, nickelodeons, music boxes, phonographs, player pianos, and an elegant Wurlitzer carousel organ, “. . .a century’s worth of happy sounds from around the world,” says Dr. Ted.
    Visit Lincoln State Park, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and Living Historical Farm in Lincoln City (812-937-4541,, open daily except major holidays). Located west of Santa Claus via Highway 162, we’ll learn about Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood and see a working pioneer homestead of the 1820s with cabin, outbuildings, split rail fences, animals, gardens, and field crops.
    Dinner at Buffalo Run Grill (812-937-2799) located about 5 minutes from Lake Rudolph Camp-ground & RV Resort. We’ll see huge buffalo and tall ostriches at the adjacent farm and enjoy freshly cooked buffalo and ostrich burgers, buffalo chips, and ice cream.  
    Explore amenities at the resort: swimming pools, miniature golf, fishing lake, paddleboats, camp store. Pick up discount tickets to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (877-GO-FAMILY,

DAY TWO – Visit the Santa Claus Post Office (812-937-4469) and see where thousands of children’s letters to Santa are received each year. Located on Highway 162 in Santa Claus, Indiana.
    Take free shuttle from resort to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Spend the day enjoying such fun water rides as Monsoon Lagoon, Congo River, Crocodile Isle, The Bamboo Chute, and Zinga, a family water ride with a 336-feet-long water slide. Inner tubes, required on Congo River and some water slides, along with sunscreen, are provided free of charge. Lunch at Kringle’s Kafe, snacks at Kringle’s Ice Cream, and dinner at Jungle Jake’s Pizza & Grille, all located in the park.
    Take shuttle back to Lake Rudolph RV Resort and relax for the evening. Pack for checkout tomorrow morning.

DAY THREE – Visit Marengo Cave National Landmark (812-365-2705) located north of Interstate 64 at Carefree and to Marengo via Highway 66. We’ll walk paths through large underground rooms and see flowstone formations, totempole stalagmites, underground rivers, and other unusual flowstone deposits.   
    Optional, if time allows: Three hour canoe trip on nearby Blue river, Cave Country Canoes (812-365-2705, www.cavecountry, April through October, Eastern Daylight Time here) located near Milltown.
    Check in at Leavenworth Inn (888-739-2120, www.leavenworth, located south of Marengo Cave in Leavenworth via Highway 62. Dinner at The Dock Restaurant overlooking this scenic section of the Ohio River.

DAY FOUR – Options: Browse Stephenson’s General Store and Museum in Leavenworth; play 9 holes at nearby Old Capital Golf Club; visit Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby located 35 minutes south of Leavenworth.
    Check out and depart for Huntingburg and Jasper located in Dubois County north of Interstate 64. Check in at Holiday Inn Jasper (800-872-3176). Dinner at Schnit- zelbank German Restaurant.

DAY FIVE – Options: Visit Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame; play 9 holes at Sultan’s Run Golf Course; visit historic Huntingburg, stroll brick paved sidewalks, and browse shops; visit Patoka Lake recreation area. Stay last night at Patoka Lake Village or Patoka Chalets Resort.
Further information:
Spencer County Visitors Bureau (888-444-9252, www.Legendary;
inquire about Lewis & Clark sites along the Ohio River
Dubois County Tourism (800-968-4578,
-- Myrna Oakley enjoys traveling with her grandchildren and she authors two regional guides, Oregon: Off the Beaten Path (5th ed.) and Washington: Off the Beaten Path (5th ed.), both published by The Globe Pequot Press. 


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