Santa Claus

20 12 2012

What better way to celebrate the season than with a visit to Santa Claus, Indiana?

I saved this portion of my summer road trip to publish this week. The town must look quite magical during the Christmas holiday, so my sunny photos might not do it justice.

There are several town websites to explore.
This one doesn’t have many photos: Santa Claus IN.
This site has some history: History.
a HA! This site has a photo gallery: Celebration, but not many show a winter wonderland.
I guess I’ll have to get back there some December and see if it looks more like the North Pole.

Holiday World
View of a Coaster

There is an amusement park there, but I only peered in from the cache location outside.

Entering the town:
Santa Claus, IN

One of the two shopping centers, Kringle Place:
Kringle place

The post office, where they must receive many wonderful letters from around the world:
Santa's post office

Town Hall:
SClaus town hall

… and the man, the icon, the Santa:
Santa

May your Christmas and New Year celebrations be filled with the magic of the season and many wonderful memories for years to come.

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Indiana

4 10 2012

In order to get from Kentucky to Missouri, I found myself driving for a lot of the time through Indiana. I spent the night in the Louisville area, but not really in Kentucky. The best hotel deal ended up being just across the river in New Albany, Indiana.

I like how each state greets its visitors.

One associates Lincoln with Illinois, but he spent much of his childhood in Indiana. I didn’t get to the National Park in his home town, but read some signage about him at the welcome center.

Of course, I looked for easy ones to find at rest stops. It’s not fun to DNF, especially when you’re way out of town!
I-64 Rest Area
The path to the cache:

… and the view from the cache, such as it was. Being out in the flat, flat mid-West confirmed my identity as a mountain girl.

This rest area boasted a natural sink hole. It was curious, but not all that impressive.
Hoosier CaCO 3 Sinkhole

This classic McDonalds was an impressive bit of American history, though.

It’s just hilly enough to get expansive views of the farms and farmland.

Reminder: you can click on my photos to get larger versions and see more details. Cache titles and other things underlined are links to their respective pages.