Category: Misc


2021 Week 22 – Camping Do Over

focus photography of a ignited firewood

May last camping trip was a wash out so I decided to try it again last weekend. This time there was no rain but the temps were a lot higher. I decided to take a different route, bypassing the I-69 construction, and wound my way south through Jasper and Ferdinand, Indiana

Ferdinand has a monastery similar to the one down the road in St Meinrad. But this one has a brewery and food! I stopped in for a late lunch of Pizza and Beer. While not they best pizza I’ve ever had it hit the spot, especially with the Sister Betty Blonde Ale I washed it down with.

After lunch I decided to finish out my last 9-holes of Disc Golf at St Meinrad. I expected to see a lot more people on the course being a Saturday but was pleasantly supersized the crowd was more like a week day. There was no need to rush and I was able to enjoy a nice round.

The Indian-Celina Lake Campground I like to test equipment at is just inside the Central time zone. In fact it’s so close my electronic devices (and car) will constantly switch back and fourth between time zones. I’ve started wearing an analog watch (Citizen ProMaster Diver with EcoDrive) to make sure I know the actual time. The Citizen is a great watch that uses the sun to keep itself charged. It also keeps amazingly accurate time. I think I’ve only corrected it twice the entire time I’ve owned it. This thing is built like a tank and it’s a nice change from the Apple Watch I wear during the week.

Another item I tested out last weekend was an Exped MegaMat sleeping pad. I bought the MegaMat last October but had yet to take it out to try it in the real world. It’s been great to lounge around on in the house over the winter but it really shines outside in a tent. The MegaMat comes in several sizes and I opted for the XL (extra long) version since I like to stretch out.

One really nice feature about the MegaMat is it self inflates. After you unroll and open the main valve it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to about 95% of where I like it. I can then take the manual pump that’s included to top it off and make it perfect.

This sleeping pad is thick and a little bulky so it’s only really good for car camping or a very short hike to the campsite. It feels like a memory foam bed when you’re laying on it and if you’re a side sleeper you’ll be happy to know it’s supportive enough to keep your hip from digging into the ground. It was worth every penny and I would not hesitate to purchase it again.

I have another camping trip planned in a couple of weeks and I’m gearing up for a trip to the Allegheny National Forrest this summer. So look forward to more trip reports and gear reviews throughout the year.

It’s Been a Busy Month of May (so far)…

As typical in Indiana the weather was unpredictable and went from cold to hot overnight.  We’ve spent a lot of time outdoors and documenting our journeys with photography.  Sadly the Blog has once again suffered.

I decided to write a catch-up post to get a little activity back on the page.

On May 1st a group from work stopped by the opening day of Black Eye Take Out.  Started by the folks from the General American Donut Company, Black eye focuses on Ramen and Banh Mi.  They had a nice turnout for the event and I really enjoyed the Meatball sandwich I ordered.

Found this amazing safe in the basement of a downtown liquor store on May 3rd while buying a gift for a departing co-worker.

May 9th I was fortunate to attend a lunch with the 4 mayors of Hamilton County.  It was a really nice event and a great opportunity to hear how each of these leaders are planning for the future of their cities.

I met Pirate Cat for the first time on May 10th!

While out Geocaching with the boy on Mat 12th we learned that the courthouse in Bloomington has a FISH as part of it’s rooftop weathervane.

And finally on the following day I found this hidden gem along the White River in Carmel.

It’s been a busy month and I’m looking forward to getting out there today and taking advantage of it all over again.

Until next time…