Growing up, I didn’t enjoy many of the facets to living in Indiana. It’s funny how, while life gets busier as you get older, you notice the little things more. While I love to travel and experience new places, I’m thankful to live where I do. Here are a few of my favorite places to be in the Hoosier state:
- Ball State University in Muncie to rollerblade around the campus. This is where I did my undergrad work. My husband and I lived in Muncie after graduation (and after we married) for a couple of years. Going to campus at night to rollerblade was one of our favorite activities (and fit the newlywed/fresh college grad budget). I’m sure skating around any college campus would be enjoyable, I’m just partially biased to the beauty of BSU (Beneficence, Frog Baby Fountain, The Village…)
- Ivanhoe’s restaurant in Upland to eat one of their words-defying sundaes. If you like ice cream, Ivanhoe’s should be on your bucket list. They hand make over a hundred different sundaes and milkshakes. The Snickers sundae is my favorite.
- Salamonie or Mississinewa State Parks to hike the trails of the many state parks during the fall season. Autumn in Indiana is my favorite season. The yellows, oranges, and reds of the changing leaves are truly gorgeous and I never tire of looking at them. I also take a child-like pleasure in crunching fallen, dried, brown leaves under my feet. Salamonie and Mississinewa state parks have fabulous trails to spend a day hiking, or campgrounds to spend a weekend at.
- One World Handcrafts in North Manchester to shop for fair trade coffee, chocolate, clothing, jewelry, home decor at One World Handcrafts. This is a small shop, packed with amazing products hand-crafted by artisans around the world. You can feel good about your purchases because they go to support men, women, and children who are trying to support themselves in economies that make it difficult to live, let alone thrive.
- My small-town, country home – no explanation needed, it’s home.