One of my favorite solo road trips took me meandering around southern Indiana a few years ago. It was one of those incredible, freeing weekends when I just sort of wandered into all the right places.
A Pokey Lafarge concert at the Astra Theater in Jasper, pictured here, was my destination but I found so many wonderful things to see and do along the way. There were nice people, roadside oddities, museums and so much more that I can’t even begin to describe what fun it was. One cool morning I spent wandering around photographing architecture and chasing the incredible green roof of a church in the distance. Not to mention the sweet lady who ran an one of Indiana’s oldest hardware stores.
These memory, while sweet, are making me discontent. I’m ready to get out and do something soon.
Even when the world stopped last year I managed to get out for hikes and socially distanced fun. I took a couple of short, calculated trips in the fall but neither of them worked out as planned thanks to weather, Covid and other issues. It was satisfying hibernating this winter but my spring allergies have been merciless, making it hard to even leave the house. A mere walk to the mailbox steals my voice and leaves me with fluid on the ears the next day.
There’s not been much fun this spring beyond reading and dreaming of days when the pollen gets washed away by the rain. I just reread that line and realized how sad it sounds.
I’m ready to hit the road and see something new. It would be difficult to take a trip right now that compares with that Great Indiana Adventure of 2018, as I like to think of it, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
I’m hoping to hit the road soon. I’m vaccinated and have some ideas about how to have fun that will be low risk and new to me. My escape is so close I can almost taste it.
For now though, I’ll keep my head down and my windows closed while I wrap up a work project and avoid the pollen so that running away from home is an option in the (hopefully) near future.
Brandi: Wishing for you a long steady rain and travel adventures ahead! Mike and I will make our first trip the end of April, returning to The White Oak Inn in Knox County for a couple nights. We were staying there last March during OSU’s spring break, and received news of Ohio’s lockdown and OSU closing while at the breakfast table. Over a year later, the open road beckons—-
That sounds wonderful! I hope you enjoy the adventure!
I had never heard of Pokey Lafarge before, but YouTube provided some nice samples. He has a very interesting style and I will definitely check out some more.
He’s an old soul and a great entertainer. I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do!
Bummer about the allergies, Brandi. I suffer in the fall. Enjoy your planning for escape!
Thank you! I have some trouble in fall but spring is the worst. It will improve!
Yay Pokey LaFarge! We’ve seen him perform twice.
He’s fantastic! That show was acoustic and there was this amazing moment when he got the audience to sing along with Roger Miller’s King Of the Road. So fun!!