Heading West bound, I found it to be imperative to stop and see some family in Terre Haute, Indiana before on the way to Chicago!
My mom’s Dad, Papaw, lives in Terre Haute and has grown quite the family here since his departure from AZ however many lifetimes ago. I haven’t visited TH since I was 13, which makes it exactly ten years since I have even seen some of my Indiana family! Not to mention, my mom sent me as punishment, to live with her dad so I could see how she grew up.
Actually, I had hella fun though. The house was busy with a bunch of kids doing kid shit. No wonder my brother went every summer. I had cousins my age too who are all grown up now! Cierra, Gara and Kennedy are all having kids and real life all adult-ing! Jocelyn just graduated and is going to college now! Bradley is all woke af and reminds me so much of my own little brother. Aunt Dawn didn’t even have kids and now she has four Jamison, Boston, Rylyan and Malachi! My uncle James also has a new (to me) daughter too and Micayle, she is great! It was also great seeing my Aunt Nikki! Back in the day, I made all too well of chums with Nikki who also ended up getting sent to AZ. Summer of 2007 was a fun time. I have seen Nikki since, and Papaw and his wife Rae but the rest of the family has been doing their thing since.
I was warmly welcomed and immediately right in with these crazies!
This is the first pick I have from the Terre Haute experience.
What a darling little face.
She is a lovely, lively pup, I loved her from second one.
If I was a kid, this is where I’d want to be.
The trampoline serves as not only a mini jumping device, but also one for climbing.
Correct me if I am wrong, but don’t people say, “Go fly a kite!” as some kind of insult?
This looks pretty fun.
He is determined!
Baby Layla is enjoying a donut! So sweet.
I was lucky enough to ride to in the backseat with this handsome fella!
Cierra’s lil’ Elliot.
What the typical look out the window consists of on a drive through Terre Haute.
At least y’all can grow stuff!
Welcome to Fowler Park.
This is the filtration system for the lake!
It makes a cute little creek to run around the little pioneer town set up they got going on.
What is this thing even called? A water mill?
Dandelions make dandy toys for toddlers.
All part of the watering mill.
Hmmm. So that’s how they do it!
Most of the structures, including the bridge and mill and other shops/ houses, were all donated to the property from various places.
According to the fam, every fall, the park hosts a “Pioneer Days” festival which restores the area into a fully functioning “pioneer” village like it would have been back in the day. They get to learn to churn butter and everything!
We would all follow the light at the end of the tunnel if it had this little tiny adorable silhouette at the end.
Just as cute in the light.
Mom is just about fed up with him lol.
Walk back through the breezy shady trees.
Cute little bridge.
This reminded me of a Woodear mushroom. Woodears were among my favorite mushrooms I tried in my travels through China, which is why I was bewildered to see it chillin the the gravel in none other than Indiana!
Takin’ a dip.
Would ya just look at that face?!
Like he knows something I don’t.
The Next “Adventures” Begin:
These probably aren’t the kind of adventures you are thinking.
I strolled the campus.
Just because. Pretty flowers never get old.
Riddle me this.
I do-nut what all this is about.
It was closed. On like a Thurday too!
Maybe it’s cause they’re a bunch of SQUARES.
Cute friendly competition.
I went to subway, for the record.
Just because I like the contrast.
Just because this flower is beautiful.
Something about this screams Terre Haute.
This too, or should I say three??
Indiana State has a nice campus.
Everybody loves fountains.
And walks down these.
I decided for some more exploring.
Cool abandoned school (?)
I’m looking for the river.
Found the river!
The gas station experience.
Back at the main shenanigan headquarters.
This place has beer, bowling, darts, pizza. Character.
No explanation necessary.
My Last day was spent with my Auntie Nikki first.
This is the view from her new front porch.
She was even like, “WTF you takin pictures of, anyway?”
And I was like, “Huh?”
Those backwoods rocked my world.
How did I not take more pics?? This is AUNT NIKKI. She got the selfie game on lock, though. But this is literally the only picture I have on my camera from visiting her!
Then Aunt Dawn came and picked me up and we rolled through her casa, where there was a fresh sweet little baby puppy and cute lil cousins!
The snake also has a moment to shine.
The twins are hardcore.
“La Vida Loca”
Then we hit up the family bbq!
Flippy-Cup was a huge hit that evening.
Thesa pups had had enough, and took refuge in the car playing music.
Look at Freeman in the top left!
Erin made the vodka water melon thing, then made it into a margarita!
She knows how to Party.
Meanwhile, outside, flippy cup continues.
Looks like Uncle James here is some kind of victorious.
This photo really sums up the guy in the white hat.
This pic is fur yewwww mr.birthdaydude whose name I can’t remember!
Jocelyn with her new baby puppy!
My time in Terre Haute was short and sweet and just what I needed.
It was great to see nearly long-lost family, but it’s pretty crazy seeing everyone all grown up and having kids.
Too bad everybody lives so far because I actually grew really fond of all my little cousins that I essentially had not known before this trip. I was really touched that they took interest in also getting to know me and wanted to see my pictures and hear stories. My little cousin Jamison even likes to take pictures. I wish I could see them more often and get to know them better and actually be a part of their lives. My other cousin Jocelyn just graduated high school and wants to go to college! Get it girl!
In a way, I kind of really didn’t know anybody before my visit; A lot can change in ten years and it has, but the love is still there and now there is more of it! It is a good, simple happy life here. I had a lot of fun and I am really glad I made the 17 hour greyhound trip to do it.
Until next time, Terre Haute