Two things were really interesting about our stay at Tipsaw Lake. One, we could not find out the name of the town the campground is located in. County, yes; town, no. We had to use GPS coordinates. And two, we were right on the line of Central Time Zone and Eastern Time Zone. Apparently, Indiana observes both depending on which county you are in. We would bop back and forth between the two when we were out exploring.
We had reserved sites in the Catbrier Loop as it was one of the smaller loops and was geared more towards big rigs. We are tucked in the woods, it’s very much our type of preferred campground, and we ended up extending our stay 2 additional nights.
We quickly found out that southern Indiana is HOT, HOT, HOT. We did our best to stay cool though.
The camp hosts had told us about a neat hike we would like. It is called Hemlock Cliffs and is part of the National Forest. It is about 30 minutes from the campground and was in a canyon so the temps would be cooler. We set off one morning to check it out.
|Hitting the trail|
|Beautiful rock formations|
|It's a long way down|
|This reminded me of coral|
|and a close-up|
|Who knew that rocks could be so interesting?|
|Trees can grow in the most unique places....|
|and so can ferns!!|
|So many neat caves|
|We saw some mighty TALL hemlocks|
|Taking a break|
|It was quite evident that people liked to slide down into the canyon|
|Taking time to enjoy all of God's creations|
|This rock reminded us of a UFO!|
|Who knew this was Indiana?|
|Dan scouting it out...|
|It looked do-able!|
|Ok - now I wasn't so sure! To Dan's left is the "cliff" part of the trail.|
|Syl enjoying a moment|
|One last look|
|Oh no - it's attacking Dan!|
|Dan fighting the monster!|
The weekend warriors (family campers) were out in full force when we got back to the campground. We spent the rest of the day Friday watching them as our entertainment. We laughed ourselves silly. Saturday we spent hunkered down at our sites playing cards (learned a new card game!) and relaxing. Sunday was chore day and Monday we were supposed to explore Spring Mill State Park and West Baden Hotel (gangster hangout in the early 1900s) but the weather did not cooperate. Looks like we will have to come back to the area to explore those areas!