Monday, January 25, 2016

Talking Blogville Retreat


Duchess 1995 my grandmother's horse.


I showed you Harrison's Tomb here in Nati City he was responsible for getting the land now called Indiana where the BAR is being held.  It was the Ten O’clock Treaty.
This area of the state called Indiana was opened to European settlement on September 30, 1809, upon the consummation of a treaty between Governor William Henry Harrison and the Miami Indians.   Brown County Indiana State Park is about 130 miles from our door and we have been there in the past a lot during the fall season.

Do any of you remember a show called Twilight Zone?  In one episode this couple were caught in a dense fog and suddenly a town appeared.  Then at the end the couple were driving out of the town and encompassed in the fog again.  With the fog everything starts and everything ends. 
 
If you who are going to the BAR and have time, go to Story.  I have always enjoyed Story.
If we come we will be staying at Story which is about 36 miles from Red Roof Inn.
Probably we will not come though.
http://storyinn.com/about-us
The first time I went to Story it was as if I was caught in the Twilight ZoneThe town just stopped literally and figuratively in a dense fog.
It was founded in 1851.
It's  heydays were from 1880-1929.
It never recovered from the Great Depression 1929-1933.
Brown County lost half of its population between 1930 and 1940. 
This exodus of people paved the way for the creation of the Brown County State Park .
The United States Army Corps of Engineers flooded the area in 1960, creating Lake Monroe, Indiana’s second largest lake cutting Story’s access.
Story’s main street,  now dead-ends four miles to the west at a fallen iron bridge.  It just stops and the first time I was driving this I was in Twilight Zone's fog.
No one attempted to modernize Story!

 Story is perhaps the best preserved example of a 19th century small town that survives in the American Midwest.
 Story, the entire town, is now a country inn/bed & breakfast offering fine dining (Gordon Ramsay style fancy), catering, and lodging.  None of their rooms have televisions, telephones, clocks or radios.
It is a Midwest’s premier place to see.
Story has been said to be haunted by the Blue Lady.  Many have reported seeing her, Lee has not.  Lee has so enjoyed the quiet of this step back into history small town.
 Story Inn’s restaurant has been acclaimed as one of the finest in the State.  Fine dining in a 1916 General Store.  All food served is grown locally or on the grounds.  Great wine list.  They have elk and bison along with fish and chicken locavore dining.  In the summer wonderful vegetables plates are served all from their own gardens.  Indiana has sweetest corn and muskmelons.  Unfortunately the harvest calendar for Indiana has very little coming in during early June.  Asparagus, peas and collards should be great.  I had the most wonderful cucumber and cantaloupe salad with lime and cilantro with seasonal cheeses.
http://storyinn.com/restaurant-winter-hours
Oh an if your dog gets one of their free range chicken which can be found roaming around expect to pay for the chicken.
For the Ten O’clock Treaty well in September a shadow cast at ten passed right through the heart of what would become the town of Story.  A monument sets in the town.

Lee personally has always thought of Brown County Park more of a horse park that kind of frowned on dogs.  Horses can be spooked by unfamiliar dogs.  Lee always pulled a horse trailer when going and always entered by the south having never entered through the covered bridge north entrance because it was prohibited.  Lee would definitely recommend all going have a six foot nylon leash not a retractable leash for we have seen fines given to pet owners who could not prove it was not out further than six feet.
Just a picture taken year 1994 of one of the trails at Brown County that Lee was riding.  The "E" trail takes you to Story.
That is a picnic shelter in the distance.
It is also bicycle friendly.

We have never been there in the heat of summer always going in the fall with the splendid fall foliage because Brown County is 80% forested today.  Beautiful in the fall!
One of the beautiful roads going over to the park October 2011.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot
Wonder what's coming down the road next week?
 

41 comments :

  1. Story sounds like a fascinating place! We'll try to talk Momma into stopping by.

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  2. Free range chickens...yummy...that fall picture is beautiful...stella rose

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    1. Thank You Deb for the offer of having us bunk with you. With the vertigo Lee has to have quiet to be a presentable human. When Lee travels she always has prepaid credit cards so she does not use her major card. Would you believe the only place her cards were stolen was a Red Roof Inn in upper Ohio. Took us 3 months to get our money back but we got it. We would love to meet you.
      SWTS

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  3. Story has some pretty stiff rules and that's hard for a Scottie and a like minded mom to handle. She says we both like to pee on the line that has been drawn. I guess we will have to bring a 6'1/2" leash. BOL

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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    1. Story Inn has always been great about accommodations for dogs. We have found Brown County Indiana State Park is more stricter than state parks in Ohio and Kentucky.
      SWTS

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  4. William that was so interesting... I wish I could hop over that big pond and I could discover all that great places with you as the tour guide... it was also great to meet Duchess and to read about the wonderful places your Lee saw while sitting on a horse :o)

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  5. Boy oh boy what a cool place
    Snorts,
    Lily& Edward

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  6. Hari OM
    wow that is fascinating insights to share with us all!!! I am coming to the BAR!!! As am coming all that way from long far away, I hope to extend my stay and visit some other places... maybe Nati City??? hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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    1. No television ~ oh no withdrawals from the horrid movie channel. Could you take that?
      SWTS

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  8. wow I wish I could visit,xx Speedy

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  9. I'd go there if only I could extricate myself from this fog that I'm in.

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  10. Boy oh Boy would I like to some day visit Story. It is nice to know that some places do not change. Love the Fall picture.
    Bentley

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    1. I bet you would like to be any place that is not in the snow. How high is the snow Bentley.
      SWTS

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    2. We only had 14 inches which 12 inches to much for me. But we are having major meltdown and Monday should be in the low 60's. What a crazy winter we have had this year.
      Bentely

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  11. As ever, a fascinating post Sweet William. And we were most struck by Duchess's good looks. Gail thinks Brown County might be too hot for her in the middle of summer, but still regrets that time, distance and the small matter of the Atlantic Ocean will prevent either of us from attending the BAR.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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    1. It is not the heat but it is the humidity. Last year Indiana had higher humidity than Nati City Ohio.
      http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/US/humidity-by-state-in-summer.php
      Humidity is not fun, but in the fall you always have a wonderful breeze.
      Gail would love the bicycle trails.
      The horse trail from the park over to Story is two and a half hours and it is magnificent.
      SWTS

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  12. SHE's sorry SHE'll miss it. Looks gorgeous. However, hearing about the humidity is off-putting. It's the one weather feature SHE can't deal with! Another great tour.

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    1. Then don't ever move to Nati City we live in a sauna during the summer. Another reason the hill in On The Beach appealed to you no humidity yeah!
      SWTS

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  13. Hey Sweet William & Lee!
    Wow, Story sounds so great. My peeps will have to look into that. Love the pretty horse pix.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Furiend

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    1. Schultz Haus Back is where I have stayed because it looks at the horses. That would be two small for all four of you. But there is one that has two bedrooms with queen beds and they like pets. I found they kind of love pets.
      SWTS

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  14. Me and my mom are going to the BAR. We are looking forward to it and we expect to have a fun time meeting everyone. We dont have a problem with the 6 ft leash. Its very pretty in Indiana. Everyone is going to have a great time and there are lots of things planned.

    Wags
    Oreo

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    1. I don't own a retractable leash and in the AKC Good Citizen classes I took a 6 foot nylon leash is what we had to have so it's no problem for us either.
      SWTS

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  15. that sounds like a neat little town to visit - Story with it's own story :)

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  16. Sounds like a lovely place to visit. Not sure we will be able to make it or not.

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    1. It is an unusual place ~ when it made the top ten best B&B's last year I was surprised. Sometimes we have just driven over for dinner, but not in the last four years. And since Oct 27, 2014 when Lee almost died we stick close to Nati City.
      SWTS

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  17. Story sounds like a very interesting place to visit. Unfortunately we are not going to the BAR. Just a little to far for us to travel with the peeps work and all
    We sure wish we could
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  18. Thanks for the great info. The week of the BAR is Mom's Dad's 96th birthday - she hopes he is still with us to celebrate.

    Abby Lab

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  19. Sounds like such an interesting place! Luv da fall photo - so pretty!

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  20. Whut a neat place to visit-- so pretty!! And I don't think da humidity would bother us... we's used to it here in Texas!

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    1. You would think I would be use to humidity living in Nati but still there are days every summer that I run for the AC.
      SWTS

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  21. Oh, yes, we know about humidity in Michigan, too...its a killer...UGH.

    What an intriguing spot you are describing, SWTS!
    Pretty pictures too. I and growlmy of course cannot go, something called work holds her back, and of course I am not allowed to travel by myself yet, I am only 13 1/2. I think one has to be older than that to be alone, BOL!! I would need a pack mule to carry my things and provisions...no wait, you said there were chickens?! I shall just take my debit card...

    Woofs!! Fantasies are fun:)

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  22. Crikey William ...... you are the perfect tour guide, aye?? If I ever get to your part of the world will you show me around. You make everything so interesting. That autumn picture is very beautiful.

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  23. Ringy-Dingy-Ding, Sir William...why the town of Story has a great story of its own, now doesn't it?!? Why, that photo of the Fall foliage is just gorgeous! How cool the town just stops...we would love to see it someday.
    Your friend, until the end
    Oz

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    1. So you are a cryptic advertisement
      On 4th Day Of Valentine Week Teddy Day Will Be Celebrated Among Loved Once. He We Will Provide Collection Of Free Teddy Day Wallpaper.
      Well I make my own wallpaper I am totally original. But I will run your ad because you amused me.
      SWTS

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  25. I just tried to email you, but the email bounced back. So, I'm pasting my email here.

    Hi Sweet William and Lee,

    Thank you so much for your lovely and heartfelt comment on my post yesterday. I consider you both real friends as well! I'm sorry that life
    has been so challenging for you, but happy that you have found so much
    comfort and love in dogs. I have found the same joy and comfort in dogs and
    I know we share that bond.

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    1. Friends are the siblings God never gave us. Yes the bond of loving animals we share and has made us friends. Andy Rooney said "The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” Sad but often true.
      SWTS & Lee

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  26. Thanks for bringing us the story of Story. What an interesting town.

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  27. Mommy loves learning about Story, it sounds like the kind of place she likes to visit. Thank you for all the great information.


    Ziggy Out!!

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