Kankakee Sands

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Kankakee Sands is a restoration area in Indiana on acres that once was covered with one of the largest lakes in the State, Beaver Lake. Around 100 years ago part of the lake was in Illinois and a businessman (from IL) who owned land on the lake decided to drain this huge body of water. And he did, effectively removing the migrating path for many water birds and did untold damage to the ecosystem as the land was turned into farmland.

The Nature Conservancy has purchased a large portion of this land and is working to return it to native prairie and marshland. They have also introduced a small herd of buffalo, which are a part of the natural prairie.

It is a beautiful work in progress. What amazed me the most were the amount of grasshoppers and crickets. Take a step and the “grass” for about two feet in front of your foot raises and flies. You can hear the wings. But the variety of butterflies and plants are amazing.

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Sugar ‘n Spice for Breakfast

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If you are ever around the Cincinnati area and want a different breakfast experience, give Sugar ‘n Spice a try!

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They have been delighting customers since 1941 with the whimsical side of human nature (is the cook kicking that pan and egg or is the egg fighting back?), but also delightful wispy thin pancakes and truly fluffy omelettes!

To end you meal, you (or the kids with you) can choose a rubber ducky as a keepsake.

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Who’s Watching Who?

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Indianapolis has a hidden gem on the West side called Eagle Creek Park. Today we drove through during the rain and bada bing, three of these deer stood near the park road, giving us a wonderful photo shoot. And the whole time I was wondering who was really studying who.

They were obviously comfortable and unconcerned. I, on the other hand, was shaking with excitement and had a hard time getting a steady shot.

A New Cafe in Town

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There is a new cafe in the small Indiana town of Hagerstown. It is worth the trip if you enjoy local fare and learning about Indiana heritage.

The Sidewalk Cafe – located in an historic building and open 11-3 daily, 7 days a week.

Along with the cafe, there is a lovely Christmas store attached called Every Day is Christmas. You can also step across the street to the Museum (open 1-6pm Thurs./Fri./Sat.).

Go out and explore the small towns in Indiana – they can hide some wonderful treasures!

Feel free to visit my food blog where I wrote more about the cafe food.