Embracing a Healthy Family: Travel Ideas

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park is Next Best Thing to Florida for the Midwest






As the summer days swiftly departed, fall fought with summer to take hold. We enjoyed a few more late summer days at the beach a few days ago. I kept telling my children that we had to partake in the beautiful weather as the days were numbered until next year. As sure as I spoke, fall is upon us with cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. We were able to take one more bathing suit day at West Beach located at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park and it was fun! The beautify about the Dunes is year round, there are activities and it's great outdoor adventure especially for the homeschooled family.




My kids are Florida lovers so even though we have not been able to relocate there yet, the trips to the sandy beaches affords them something to look forward to year round. On a clear day, the Chicago skyline is quite visible as well as the steel mill plants that once led the way to prosperity to many while allowing families a good income raising their families in yesteryear. Lake Michigan is truly a natural beauty to the sometimes ugly in appearance of northwest Indiana.  







Even though the weather is no longer hot, we will take advantage of what the park has to offer and have some fall and winter fun!


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History & Heritage

The Potawatomi people were among the first to call Porter County home. In fact, a local archaeological dig has unearthed native artifacts from up to 9,000 years ago. The first non-native visitors to the area arrived in 1650: French fur traders who founded an industry that flourished for a couple hundred years and included trader Joseph Bailly. Bailly’s homestead is now part of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. What began with the fur traders continued as pioneering spirit and then the railroads brought immigrants from across Europe. Many of their stories and traditions continue to color our way of life. You’ll discover Swedish farms and churches, Victorian homes, Irish pubs, German choirs and more.

It happened here…

Did you know that entrepreneur Orville Redenbacher launched his first gourmet popcorn product from a farm near Valparaiso in 1971? Or that the Underground Railroad, a secret network of escape routes for 19th century fugitive slaves, is thought to have included a stop on the lakeshore of Porter County? How about the fact that The Indiana Dunes was the intended site of a macabre plan by Chicago counterfeiters to hide the remains of President Lincoln until they received a ransom of $200,000 and the release of their star engraver from prison? Have you heard that the historic Civil War-era Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso was said to be a favorite venue of “The March King,” conductor John Philip Sousa, who led a concert there in 1898? The Opera House also hosted the famous Marx Brothers vaudeville comedy trio in 1919.





Homeschool Trip Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site





Our homeschool adventure of the past took us to Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site in El Paso County in Texas.  Taking advantage of the site's beauty, we also utilized it for a photo op for our non-profit.  It was a beautiful site and for those that don't know, for thousands of years, people traveled to these rock hills in far west Texas. They also visited for the rainwater that pooled in the natural rock basins also called huecos (“whey-coes”). 




There are surprisingly many things to do but much attention is given to avoid disrupting and causing damage to the sacred grounds:



  • Study nature
  • Hike
  • Rock climb
  • Picnic
  • Bird watch
  • Star gaze
  • View pictographs and petroglyphs
  • Partake a guided tour
  • Self-guided tours - passes are available for up to 70 people a day to cross the North Mountain
  • Visit the interpretive center
  • Camp in the 20 available sites



There is also a Ranger program for those five and up.  To take advantage of other offerings, there is an activities page, an events page and a Junior Explorer Pack.





The girls enjoyed the park and learning about the vast number of people that would travel via coach and stop for water and rest was interesting.  





Homeschool Trip to the Battle of Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania





As we embarked on another homeschool field trip, we decided to make the most of a road trip to Gettysburg by watching movie and movie as well as documentaries to have the girls fully appreciate what the The Battle of Gettysburg was all about.  Along the way, we saw a closed old asylum that was in operation for many years before closing its doors only to be reopened years later as a ghost tour business.  We didn't go in but the view on the outside really magnified what some poor old souls possibly went through while locked up.  We finally reached Gettysburg and was in awe at the size of the battlefield.  The Battle was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point.  Union Maj. Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee's attempt to invade the North. It was truly a moving experience to appreciate what so many endured and the many lives lost over the course of that battle.

Summary of our trip:

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, subsequently the Weston State Hospital, was a Kirkbride psychiatric hospital that operated from 1864 until 1994 by the government of the U.S. state of West Virginia, in the city of Weston.
Built by architect Richard Andrews, it was constructed from 1858-1881. Originally designed to hold 250 people, it became overcrowded in the 1950s with 2,400 patients. It was forcibly closed in 1994 due to changes in treatments of patients. The hospital was bought by Joe Jordan in 2007, and is opened for tours and other money raising events for its restoration. The hospital's main building is claimed to be one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the United States, and the second largest hand-cut sandstone building in the World, with the only bigger one being in the Moscow Kremlin. As Weston Hospital Main Building, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.


Gettysburg Battleground National Park

We opted to venture out alone and visit the battleground at our own speed.  Watching the documentaries and movies ahead of time really helped us understand the layout of the battleground and the different battles that occurred.  The Visitor Center provides the opportunity to pay for one on one trip guides to add to the visit, you can purchase a vehicle guide that allows you to have a narration of each key point along the way or do like we did and go alone.  After we finished, which I recommend a full day or more pending how interested you are in the history of the battles, we went to downtown Gettysburg which was such a treat.  We ate at a small Irish pub and although the food white whiskey chili was delicious, the rest of the food was mediocre and it was very expensive.  It's a quaint town worthy of a walk through and don't forget the numerous ghost tours available which we did not partake in.  It's really a great family vacation destination and I'd recommend at least two days to get the full impact of the historical significance this played in American history.






























Georgia's Fort King George Historic Site Homeschool Field Trip





Beautiful landscapes, historical sites and the sheer chance of running into something unique or special is behind my love of travel.  There is nothing more freeing, educational or good for your soul than getting out in nature and enjoying what God provided.  Homeschooling offers the opportunity to experience the luxury of traveling year round without the hustle of peak times.  Although I prefer to travel long distances, often times there are many treasures close by in which a one tank trip provides a wonderful inexpensive getaway given the weather.  On a whim, I decided to take the girls down to the Georgia coast and in order to maximize the trip, we stopped at the Ft. King George Historic site in Darien, Georgia.  If that name sounds familiar and Glory has been a favorite, it's where Matthew Broderick's character Colonial Robert Gould Shaw had to take his men and witnessed the pillaging of the town by the other black regiment.




As we made our way through the fascinating features of the Fort, I couldn't help myself and noticed the beautiful butterflies, dragonflies and different bird species that were flying about.  It was a natural mecca of beauty coupled with the alligator warning signs since it's near the river and swamp land.





My youngest had to have her picture taken with every cannon present.  She seems to be just as interested in history as I am and really enjoyed the fort and reading all the information that was provided.  Fort King George was the first British garrison of the Georgia colony at the mouth of the Altamaha River.  I am half British so my children love anything British as do I.  It was establised in 1721 under the command of Colonel John "Tuscarola Jack" Barnwell.  Although it was destroyed by a fire in 1726, it was rebuilt the following year and remained active until 1732.  The present day buildings are only reenactments.









This area of the fort allowed you to go upstairs and peer out to see the amazing views.  This particular historic site was a great learning experience in that you were able to go inside nearly ever building and see what the actual beds and equipment they might have used.  There is also a museum to learn more with guided recordings, displays and facts that really added to the value of the site.  It's one that I highly recommend.  My only regret was we weren't able to hit all the trails due to Hurricane Mathew damage.




To learn more about the fort, click here. 





Off the Beaten Path: A Hidden Gem to Marry in Eustis, Florida




Upon the search for the ultimate wedding chapel in Florida off the beaten path, we stumbled upon a chapel in the quaint beautiful city of Eustis called The Little Wedding Chapel's Chapel of Love. We arrived in awe at the beauty of the downtown Waterfront Entertainment District which brings together businesses for mutual promotion and activities as well as family and friends to enjoy a unique charming shopping experience, a choice among dining establishments and live entertainment.




Unfortunately I didn't get good photographs of the beautiful lit up downtown waterfront and it was one of the best Christmas displays I had witnessed. We arrived right at sundown and was greeted by a couple of gentlemen embarking on a fishing expedition off one of the many well placed piers overlooking this marvelous lake. Our arrival was planned to be early enough to find where we were going but late enough to enjoy our evening ceremony. The chapel looks like this in the daylight and couples have the choice in the chapel or the gazebo as well as day, dusk or evening.



The set up was all completed online by co-owner Theresa without a problem. She was fantastic in arranging every detail as well as ensuring we had what we needed and understood Florida marriage license processes. Once we arrived, we were greeted by the co-owner and established photographer, Chris. Upon our final dressing in individual dressing rooms, large enough to accommodate one to two additional people to assist, we emerged to meet our wedding officiator who was equally as charming. The entire ceremony was enchanting, beautiful and elegant. 

The surroundings were breathtaking in the beauty and because I love white lights, I was more drawn to the beauty at night. It's a little gem tucked away providing couples a change from beach side weddings. The other bonus about this chapel is the size which allows for small weddings as well.


The photographs were beautiful and for the entire package deal, 20 photographs are provided. I researched many places in many states and this was really a reasonable package and the outcome was fabulous. I had my two younger daughters and the officiator and Chris very agreeably worked them into the ceremony which was paramount for us beginning our new life. Chris was in no hurry and came up with different photo opportunities.


After we changed and were ready to depart, Chris recommended a true surprise of a restaurant called 1884 Restaurant and Bar. He recommended the pork chop dinner which was to die for!

Overall, it was a wonderful experience that I'd highly recommend!

THE TOOTHSOME CHOCOLATE EMPORIUM & SAVORY FEAST KITCHEN™ 



We loved Universal's CityWalk's Toothsome Chocolate Emporium that we had to return.  Unfortunately, my youngest wasn't feeling well and the service this time was less than stellar.  We waited over 40 minutes at a non-busy time to receive our appetizers and the $10+ french fries on the appetizer menu arrived cold and equated to a single serving of fries anywhere else.  I did return them without a problem but overall, it was disappointing from the first time we were there.







My youngest loved the hostesses dresses so I had to capture a picture.
I think the picture captures my youngest's thoughts on Jock. We thought he was adorable!










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The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™ is Enchanting




During our last trip to Orlando, we took our first trip to Universal's CityWalk and although a bit dissapointed that there was an admission charge unlike Disney Springs, we begrudgingly paid. Much to our delight, we encountered The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™ and I have to say it is quite enchanting! 


The story behind it involves Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome who from the Alps to the empire of the Aztecs, from Mongolia to Madagascar, she learned unique methods of infusing chocolate into recipes. Upon returning to London, she set her determination in sharing her love of chocolate and built the 19th century themed restaurant. Set in charming steampunk inspired surroundings, the wait staff are equally impressive with their costumes.


The full service restaurant and bar to include confectionery, as it does have chocolate in the name, has traditional dishes as well as novel other recipes. The desserts are magnificant and worth every single calorie. From artisanal milkshakes with flavors such as Chocolate x5, Bacon Brittle and Red Velvet. Feast on sumptuous sundaes like S’mores, Salted Caramel Flan and Chocolate Brownie Bark, it has something for any taste. You can even purchase tasty mementos from the restaurant’s retail shop to enjoy at home. 


Here are some of my favorite memories:
















13 Photos of Our Best Disney Meet and Greet Character Experiences





























There you have it!  They had the time of their life meeting all these Disney characters and the only complaint I heard was Anna was rude.  I suppose having only one out of everyone else that worked in the park labeled as rude by children isn't a bad thing at all.  My all time favorites were the Star Wars characters.  Kylo Ren was absolutely superb and even maintained his evil persona to cast aside my grandson when he wanted to touch him.  Chewbacci was ever so good in his demeanor and seemed to really enjoy getting into character.

A word of caution, meeting Joy and Sadness really takes a long, long time and you feel like you are in Dante's inferno with all the bored children and parents growing impatient but at the end of the Holy Grail, the kids light up and all has been forgiven and forgotten because Joy and Sadness are phenomenal. 


On a side note, my eldest made all the kid's Star Wars costumes which were a big hit and we were asked numerous time where we purchased them.  Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the t-shirts she made as those were as big of a deal as the rest.


All in all, Disney is a family favorite and the character meets are wonderful for the children and when you mix in Star Wars, you have the perfect recipe for giving the whole family JOY!


Stay tuned for another post highlighting our experience with Disney Springs versus Universal's Citywalk. 



10 Photos on Why to Visit Beautiful Monterey Bay

















“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Traveling to not going anywhere but just to go would be a dream existence to many. I am one of those that loves to travel not for the purpose of being able to proclaim I've been there rather to experience the site, the culture, the beauty and all there is to learn about.  I've been to many states throughout my adult life and have resided in over five.  I am grateful for the experience to be able to determine what I want or need from life.  I found my true desire in life is to travel and explore.  I have many favorite places and many of them revolve around beaches, warm climates and Disney.  I am a person who thrives in the sun, the hot temperatures and water.  As part of my journey in exploring different areas, I went to Monterrey Bay and Pacific Grove and I immediately fell in love with the area.




One of my first stops was at Cannery Row which is famous thanks to the author John Steinbeck.  Cannery Row (1945) was made into a movie and it's been one of the most read fictional pieces around. It's a cozy area with a moderate level of tourism and plenty of things to do whether it's just casual strolls around the neighborhoods or store fronts or to shop, eat or visit the attractions. It truly is a picturesque charming area that will captivate just about any age.  Aside from the numerous dining places, which none disappointed, there was great views to be had.  A favorite was getting a hot chocolate from a local coffee shop and sitting on the dock watching the sail boats pass as the water rushed over and beat at the shores just underneath the restaurants.


Whether you want to go beachside, enjoy the nightlife, sip some wine or take in some live music, it has everything. 





Another fun place I visited was the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I'm not a huge aquarium fan but I have to say this place changed my mindset.  It had amazing exhibits, views and great educational messages to deliver.  My favorite was the visit with the person inside the tank and the interaction with the volunteer guide.  It was fun, entertaining and educational and seemed to be quite a hit with the visitors.  One thing to note is all the workers are volunteers from what one worker told me.  It's definitely worth the trip to see as they did a magnificent job with this aquarium.  You can even dine there!




My last favorite spot was the drive to Pacific Grove and the spots along the way.  It was absolutely gorgeous and Pacific Grove would be the ideal retirement spot.  The downtown was lined with nice boutiques and eateries that provided choices that I had not experienced.  Being so close to the ocean was what drew me as well.  It's an old town that includes many activities such as a monarch butterfly habitat sanctuary, beaches, the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse and nationally recognized 18-hole golf course.


It's a beautiful area to see and I hope when I go back to California in November, I'll get to add to my list of great places to visit. 



GeorgiaBob's Barbeque Company in Georgia - A-T 


Touted as "true southern barbeque," GeorgiaBob's Barbeque Company in Georgia along I-96 is a good barbeque place. It's true southern stated as they haven't changed the technique in over 150 years.  Tucked away from the beaten path in which you have to be a barbeque hound like I am to have found it, we were not let down. We arrived before the Sunday rush hit and although not a huge place, it was cozy and charming with all the memorabilia and pictures surrounding the wall. It's not a waitress served restaurant and required the up front ordering, retrieving your own drinks and cleaning up your own mess but at least you save in tips. 


GeorgiaBob's Barbeque Company got its start at the Peach Festivals of the 1920’s.  Robert Cherry Evans (GeorgiaBob’s Grandfather who directed the famous cooking) barbecue was the key celebration at the festivals. There is even a recipe on the website in what was then a big hit and still probably is: Brunswick Stew Recipe recipe (though slightly altered).  Below is a picture from their website of the food preparation from year's ago.


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Unfortunately, we didn't have a long time to stay so we ordered quickly and got back on the road.  We tried the Pulled BBQ Pork Platter and it was good.  It was a little dry but the sweet BBQ sauce touched it up.  I'm a huge fan of Rudy's in Texas and have a hard time finding anyone who can beat them.  GeorgiaBob's didn't but they were pretty high up there in flavor and sauce.  I didn't like the spicy sauce as it was too heavy in vinegar.  The cole slaw wasn't my favorite either as I enjoy a bit of sweetness to mine along with more of a creamy sauce similar to how Kentucky Fried Chicken's cole slaw is.  My girls liked it as well but with the same complaint of it tended to be a bit dry.


Shipshewana North Park Amish Log Cabin Lodging & Campground Homeschool Trip 





There is nothing like taking a trip to the great outdoors to get back to nature.  This trip was to the Shipshewana North Park Amish Log Cabin Lodging and Campground in Shipshewana, Indiana.  This is the heartland for one of the largest Amish and Mennonite communities in the United States.  We arrived late on Friday and had access to our cabin without difficulties thanks to the set up of the campground.  The cabin was perfect with extra amenities that included soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper and tissues.  The bathroom was really good sized and I can say from our previous Hershey, Pennsylvania trip, having an inside bathroom is heavenly.  





We had two nice full sized beds, a small desk, a small refrigerator and a TV that had some poor reception on some channels but you're camping so why watch TV?  The ceiling fan and air conditioner really set you up for a weekend of luxury camping style.  The porch also had a porch swing and randomly placed picnic tables.  It was truly a great place to camp and not far from all the action in downtown Shipshewana.






As with our last trip to Shipshewana, we took a buggy ride but we went with an Amish person away from Blue Gate Theater and Restaurant mostly because I really liked the people who run it and they have some amazing kettle korn.  We embarked on our 30 minute drive around the town and rural areas and received a history lesson on Chief Shipshewana and how the Amish was a spin off from the Mennonites when they broke from their leadership.  We learned various facts such as how once a church has 40 members, they have to break off and become a new district.  Church service rotates at member's houses and members meet every other week due to schedules.  We also found out that you can actually convert to be part of the Amish community.



For lunch, we stopped at the Blue Gate Restaurant and was served by the same server we had the last time.  The uniforms are all Amish inspired but I'm not sure if they are all from the Amish and Mennonite community or other locals.  The food is beyond delicious and the server was excellent.  We had a variety of different dishes among our group of nine and there were no complaints.  My favorite was the bacon chicken salad sandwich.  After lunch, we went to the Davis Mercantile which is a four level mall of various stores and at the top is a hand carved carousel that appears to be one of the attractions for all.





There are many other activities such as farm tours where you can actually help feed the farm animals and milk the cows to having dinner at one of the family's houses.  There are many bed and breakfast establishments all around the area along with hotels.  We were told one of the key attractions is the flea market that people drive from hours to shop.





In my next post, I will write about the various events that would be perfect for the homeschool family or just anyone wanting to step back in time.



Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park & Finding Dory – Shedd Aquarium Package




Summer is finally upon us and although to me, it doesn't seem like it started yet given the very long winter, I'm ready to get moving with some homeschool and summer vacation plans.  Getting to Shedd Aquarium is not so hard thanks to all the public transportation options Chicago has to offer.  Chicago has a special sort of unique feel to it given it’s in the Midwest and the culture is different from other big cities.  Military life provides a wonderful opportunity to experience many places across the country as well as around the world. 

The Shedd Aquarium is a perfect homeschool trip to plan on any day.  It’s a great way to introduce fun and education all in one and what better fun is there than to plan an overnight stay in a hotel to relax the night before you venture out to an oasis of activities.  The package deal at the Fairmont Chicago is a great way to bring the magic to the children while not breaking the bank.

Shedd boasts its 20th century charm that endures with a modern 21st century attention to ecological awareness, care and interpretation.  John G. Shedd was the one time president of Marshall Field & Company and loved the city so much he decided to build the world’s finest and biggest aquarium.  As a non-profit, forming in 1924, its purpose was for education and scientific purposes exclusively.  The Aquarium has only expanded twice since 1930 cautiously ensuring the original architecture design wouldn’t be compromised thus earning a National Historic Landmark destination.

Shedd was also the first inland aquarium with permanent saltwater exhibits as well as freshwater ones.  The saltwater was actually brought in during the early 30’s via insulated railroad cars that circulated between Key West, Florida and Chicago for a total of a million tropical gallons of ocean water.  To learn more, visit the Shedd Aquarium website for the latest exhibits, hours, and other special events and information.




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Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is making sure every member of the family, including four-legged ones, enjoys summer in the city with three new family and pet-friendly packages. The Bark Near the Park Package caters to every pampered pooches needs, while the Finding Dory - Shedd Aquarium and Family Getaway Packages keep kids of all ages entertained during a stay in the Windy City.

The Bark Near the Park Package, created, in part, by Fairmont Chicago Team Member Chinook (the Hotel Manager's four-year-old Golden Retriever) includes overnight accommodations in a luxurious Fairmont guest room, two hours of dog sitting, Chinook’s Doggie Biscuits and favorite toy, the Tug Rope, plus all of Fairmont’s doggie amenities including a bed, bowls and bags. The package also includes the pet cleaning fee. There’s even in-room dining available from a new, dog-friendly a la carte menu that includes items like rotisserie chicken and poached Atlantic salmon. Finally, should Fido need a suggestion on the best doggie sightseeing spots, Fairmont’s new “dog-cierge” is available to offer recommendations. The Bark Near the Park Package starts from $249 USD per night, is available year-round, and subject to availability.

For families looking to entertain to the kids, the Finding Dory - Shedd Aquarium Package includes overnight accommodations, four VIP tickets, including Express Priority Entry, to the nearby famed Shedd Aquarium and a $100 AMC gift card so families can end their day of sea creature fun by relaxing and watching the new and largely anticipated Disney sequel, Finding Dory. Rates for this package start at $419 per room per night, and is subject to availability.

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is also offering a new Family Getaway to Chicago Package that includes overnight accommodations for up to four guests, breakfast for two adults (children 12 and under are complimentary), and valet parking (a $70 value). Rates for the Family Getaway to Chicago Package start at $309 per night. This package is also available year-round, subject to availability.

More information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or any of its packages, please visit http://www.fairmont.com/chicago/.
About Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is an AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in downtown Chicago.  With 687 guestrooms and 63,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel provides contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is also home to THE BAR in the Lobby and aria restaurant and bar, taking guests on an “east meets west” culinary experience. In addition to uniquely inspired dining and stylish accommodations, the hotel features an exclusive lifestyle spa. mySpa affords eight treatment rooms and provides the perfect urban sanctuary from the busy and bustling Chicago streets.  For more information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, call 312-565-8000 or visit fairmont.com/Chicago.
About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 65 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 125 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands.

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Homeschool #Travel to Vincennes, Indiana's George Rogers Clark National Historical Park



In a tiny town tucked away in southern Indiana, near the border of Illinois, is one that holds huge historical value to the way of life in the 1700's.  Unfortunately, not enough American history is taught in the school systems due to standards and requiring too many other subjects to be covered.  It would be nice if there were other choices to study either different time periods or specific state history for students pending their individual interests.  Many have not heard of Vincennes, Indiana unless they are actually from the area but one thing that anyone who drives through this tiny town will notice is the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.  It's size and grandiose nature sits perched above the muddy Wabash River overlooking Illinois.  Second in size only to the national monument in Washington, D.C., the massive granite contains a memorial rotunda depicting seven murals of Clark's expedition.  Each oil on canvas murals stands 28 feet tall and 16 feet long by artist Ezra Winter and six assistants.  In the middle is a commanding bronze statue of Clark by Hermon MacNeil.  The inscription at the base reads, "If a country is not worth protecting it is not worth claiming."




The site is believed to be where Fort Sackville was.  It was President Calvin Coolidge who authorized the Memorial and President Franklin D. Roosevelt who dedicated it in 1936.  In 1966, Indiana transferred the Memorial and property to the National Park Service which also houses a Visitor Center to learn more, watch a film about Clark and purchase additional history books and items for children to learn.  



In a celebrated campaign, Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark, older brother of William Clark, and his frontiersmen captured Fort Sackville and British Lt. Governor Henry Hamilton on February 25, 1779. The heroic march of Clark's men from Kaskaskia on the Mississippi River in mid-winter and the subsequent victory over the British remains one of the great feats of the American Revolution.  Clark, a Virginia native, was sent to protect the northwest territory.  After capturing Fort Sackville, he learned that the British recaptured the force so his campaign began.  His other campaign of 1778-1779 included the founding of Louisville, Kentucky and the capture of forts in the lower Ohio and Mississippi valleys.  This allowed the United States to claim control of what would become Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin in the 1783 Treaty of Paris.





Other prominent features in the park include Johns Angel's granite statue of Francis Vigo (born Giuseppe Maria Francesco Vigo), a 4-by-9-foot (1.2 by 2.7 m) monument overlooking the Wabash River erected in 1934 that honors the Italian-American merchant who assisted the American forces to include then General Clark during the Revolutionary War. He also helped found the first public university in Vincennes, Indiana.

Born in Mondovì, Italy, he served with the Spanish Army in New Orleans. In 1772 he established a fur trading business in St. Louis. In 1783 Vigo moved to Vincennes and operated a fur trading business there.

Also adjacent to the Park's grounds is the Roman Catholic church Basilica of St. Francis Xavier that holds a 1934 bronze statue by Albin Polasekhonoring Father Pierre Gibault, another figure in the Revolutionary War. Raoul Josset designed the Lincoln Memorial Bridge across the Wabash River to compliment the memorial aesthetically. It includes relief carvings designed by a monument by Nellie Walker on the Illinois side of the bridge and celebrates the migration of Abraham Lincoln. A concrete floodwall that protects the memorial and Vincennes from Wabash flooding is also designed in a complimentary Classical style. The grounds also hold a memorial to the soldiers from Knox County who served in World War I, a marker denoting where Clark's headquarters probably stood during his siege of Fort Sackville, and the original Daughters of the American Revolution memorial, which has moved several times due to construction of the main memorial. (WIKI)



A photograph of my father at the George Rogers Clark Park in 1938.
If you want to learn more about the seven murels, you can click on the links:

1. Kentucky: Entering the great valley
2. Cahokia: Peace or war with the Indians
3. The Wabash: Through wilderness and flood
4. Vincennes: The British barrier to the west
5. Fort Sackville: Britain yields possession
6. Marietta: The Northwest, a new territory
7. St. Louis: The way opened to the Pacific



Places to stay overnight have grown thanks to the University with more modern chains being added in the last 10 years or so.  My favorite place to stay was the Marriott until I've had two incidences with my daughter suffering allergic reactions to prior guests allowed to have pets in any of the rooms.  Unfortunately, this particular chain of the Marriott does not have designated floors or rooms and shifts the pets around which is not too favorable to children and adults with asthma and allergies.  What is nice about the hotel, it provides a kitchenette full equipped and you can choose from a regular room to a one or two bedroom suite.  They also provide the Paul Mitchell brand of hair care products which is one of my favorite things about the hotel not to mention the price is right.

I have stayed at the Best Western, Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn previously which I also liked but none of those chains provided the kitchenette.



Homeschool #Travel Fieldtrip to Arlington National Cemetery




“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine


I have found my love for traveling has transcended into my children to where they don't mind hopping in a car for over 20 hours to a destination that holds unknown memories for them.  I have found some of the best trips involved little preparation and more just sheer spontaneity to create the most fun.  Whether a trip is set for a purpose such as educational, it does not have to be stuffy, boring or dreary because in my opinion, everywhere I have traveled has been a learning experience.  When this trip was spur of the moment planned, I couldn't think of any better way to explain some of our country's heritage with the sacrifices our men and women partook along the way in the military.  Arlington National Cemetery is an experience both from a profound emotional level but also from the ability to see such beauty in an area that often involved great tragedy.


It proved to be a wonderful homeschooling lesson.







History


As many know, Arlington  is a United States Military cemetery that sits across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.  Orginially, George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of George and Martha Washington acquired the property and build what was to become Arlington House.  Mary Anna Custis, George's daughter, married United States Army Officer Robert E. Lee and eventually for life inherited the Arlington House.  Robert and Mary's son inherited the property.  In 1864, faced with a shortage of property to bury the mass causalities from the Battle of the Wilderness among prior battles, Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Miggs ordered an assessment and Arlington House was the most likely candidate.  The first military burial was on May 13, 1864.





Arlington Memorial Amphitheater


The famous Tomb of the Unknowns is part of this feature within the cemetery.  The structure is mostly built of Imperial Danby marble from Vermont. The Memorial Display room, between the amphitheater and the Tomb of the Unknowns, uses Botticino stone, imported from Italy. The amphitheater was the result of a campaign by Ivory Kimball to construct a place to honor America's servicemen/women. Congress authorized the structure on March 4, 1913. Woodrow Wilsonlaid the cornerstone for the building on October 15, 1915. The cornerstone contained 15 items including a Bible and a copy of the Constitution [Wiki].



Field Marshal Sir John Greer Dill GCB, CMG, DSO was a senior British Army officer with service in both the First World War and the Second World War is among those buried at Arlington.

The Tomb of the Unknowns contains unknown soldiers from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and had an unknown soldier from Vietnam until the identity was determined and was removed to be returned to his family by order of President Bill Clinton.








Tomb of the Unknown Ceremony

The Tomb of the Unknowns has been guarded by the US Army since July 2, 1937.  The Old Guard also known as the the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") began guarding the Tomb on April 6, 1948.  The exact routine includes:
  1. Marches 21 steps down the black mat behind the Tomb.
  2. Turns, faces east for 21 seconds.
  3. Turns and faces north for 21 seconds.
  4. Takes 21 steps down the mat.
  5. Repeats the routine until the soldier is relieved of duty at the Changing of the Guard.
After each turn, the Guard executes a sharp "shoulder-arms" movement to place the weapon on the shoulder closest to the visitors to signify that the Guard stands between the Tomb and any possible threat.
Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed—the 21-gun salute.
Each turn the guard makes precise movements and followed by a loud click of the heels as he snaps them together. The guard is changed every half hour during daylight in the summer, and every hour during daylight in the winter and every two hours at night (when the cemetery is closed to the public), regardless of weather conditions. [Wiki]
There are several other memorials on the grounds of Arlington.  Unfortunately, we didn't get to visit each of them but the trip was a must see for anyone.




Get Your #Travel On: West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick Indiana Dubbed Eighth Wonder of the World



Every now and then and it really doesn't take long to find that diamond in the rough.  Among the most unlikely places, one can find a treasure whether it's a natural feature or man made, there is charm to behold if you look.  I enjoy finding those little unexpected gems and will drive even the most inconvenient roads to find that one moment that takes your breath away or makes you just be in awe.  I am from Indiana and I have seen this "eighth wonder of the world" but from afar.  I never ventured inside until this past Christmas.  A story my father likes to tell whenever I bring up French Lick or the West Baden Springs Hotel as this was the place to be during it's hey day.  The well to do made this a place for relaxation with their springs and beautiful landscape among the rolling hills in Indiana.  If the thought of Indiana conjures up that thoughts of basketball or corn, a road trip to the southern part of the state will yield numerous photogenic memories to include fascinating historical facts.  



West Baden Springs Hotel 1913 Postcard
In 1855, to capitalize on the mineral springs in this tucked away small Indiana town, the Mile Lick Hotel was built.  Influenced by the great mineral spa Baden Baden, Lee W. Sinclair transformed the Indiana beauty and renamed her the West Baden Springs Hotel.  The resort featured an opera house, a casino, pony and bicycle tracks and a full size baseball field.  Sadly in 1901, in less than two hours, a fire destroyed it all.  Sinclair was determined and envisioned a new future for his dream resort.  A circular building adorned with the world's largest dome and commissioned to be build by Harrison Albright.  The 200-foot atrium resort opened for business in June 1902.  The resort landed in many different hands through the years and was listed in 1974 as a National Historic Landmark but was later closed in 1989 due to neglect and safety concerns.



In May 1994, life was given back to the little town that housed the biggest feature in the area.  Not only was the West Baden Springs Hotel saved but so was its sister property French Lick Springs Hotel.




We decided to visit the West Baden at Christmas for the elegance and beauty that the resort offered.  The beauty of the two properties is there are complimentary shuttles to go everywhere so you can pull up to valet and leave the worry with them from parking to getting your luggage inside the room.  The valets were professional yet engaging.  The check in was effortless but due to the busy time of the year, the clerk wasn't able to spend as much time providing more background on the significance of the resort nor on anything special available during the holidays but she was courteous and friendly. The view above is the view you see as you enter from the valet station.  It was breathtakingly beautiful and the lighting was just perfect to really soak in the Downton Abbey feel of sheer elegance from the past.  The architecture beauty could be found everywhere and left you feeling magical.




With four types of rooms to choose from, you can decide your level of luxury.  I stayed in the Deluxe Countryside View Guest Room which was beautiful and the bed ... oh the bed!  Pure luxury as I can't recall sleeping in more comfortable bed than this.  If you stay at hotels and don't always stay at the five star hotels, this place will spoil you.  Since I did have my two younger girls, having a solid floor that didn't create noise for my neighbors below is important to me as I don't want to ruin someone else's time.  Another feature that I feel hotels are overlooking is the ability to rent on-demand movies.  Although pricey at over $17, you still get to rent a newer released movie and enjoy the comforts of the room.  The picture does not do the room size justice nor does it show the large bathroom with separate toilet room.  With the complimentary robes and bath salts, I was all prepared for a nice hot soak but unfortunately, the bath plug was broken so I was not able to enjoy that.  




The food was delicious to include room service in spite of having issues with my first order, the manager did everything in her power to make up for the order not being received and taking so long.  They even provided their complimentary Signature Chocolate Dome Dessert.





Some of the other features of the resort include:



  • Indoor/outdoor pools
  • Fitness center access
  • Casual and fine dining options
  • Retail shops
  • Historic tours
  • Formal gardens
  • Concierge service
  • Golf
  • Meetings
  • Weddings
  • Stables
  • Carriage rides
  • Spa services and much more



Whether you drive or fly in, it's only a couple of hours from Indianapolis and well worth the visit.

Eagle Ridge Ranch in Idaho is a Must Visit Western #Travel Destination


 

We just returned from a whirlwind vacation that started in El Paso, Texas and took us through Westminster, Colorado to see the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park being built to Mt. Rushmore, over to Yellowstone with a stop at Eagle Ridge Ranch in Island Park, Idaho.  We stayed at many places along the way with the worse being a Holiday Inn in Cody, Wyoming but the very best place was Eagle Ridge.  We found them via a brochure at the visitor center for Yellowstone and what caught our eye were the activities.  It was a one stop fun fulled vacation stay over for everyone.  What started out with giving the girls a trail ride turned into an overnight relaxing stay.  









The area was beyond beautiful and the owners and staff were very pleasant and accommodating.  Our primary decision for staying other than the beauty was in fact the niceness of everyone there.  Our stop first included purchasing the trail ride which is set for certain times but you can pay extra for a private tour guide which we did because of the number of other visitors who showed up.  30 isn't an unmanageable amount but we wanted to ensure the girls would get more personalized attention.  After seeing the cowboys (aka guides) split up the groups into smaller sizes, I realized it wouldn't have been a problem but I still liked the idea of us having our own cowboy guide.  The ride was longer than expected and too long for an inexperienced little six year old.  Our cowboy's name (have to call him that because it sounds better - wink) was Tyler and I can tell you that my six year old really liked him.  I never saw her talk to anyone as much as she did him.  He was very gracious and good with her as she started to get a bit whiny wanting to know 'how many more hours we had.'  He played along with her and even noticed she needed some water so made sure she took a drink.









The scenic trail ride was full of such beauty and we took in many different views of the ranch since they had over 2000 acres.  Our guide answered all of our questions and exhibited such professionalism and kind manners.  He was very patient with my little ones and even offered to stop and take photographs of us experiencing this memorable trip.


Later, we tried our hands at fishing eventually retiring for the night in the cabin that was loaded with everything one would need.  It was rustic yet modern and had a microwave, refrigerator, stove, coffee maker and toaster along with linens and dishes.  It even had Direct TV, a VCR/DVD player and your phone would actually work.  I mention this as we stayed at a cabin the night before and we had no phone service or TV.  You couldn't ask for a better place than this and the price is right.  There are hot tubs on each porch and a grill for a fun filled night of dinner and s'mores.  Much to our surprise, we also enjoyed complimentary paddle boats, regular fishing boats, canoes, fishing poles and another area to swim that included more paddle boats and a giant inner tube looking thing that looked like it could fit around 20 people to sit, lay on or to jump off into the lake to swim.  While fishing, you get the beauty of seeing free roaming horses who might even greet you as a delightful experience to my children.  


Everything about Eagle Ridge is breath taking and beautiful!  I've already told my friends and family that this IS the place to plan your next vacation.  I have no complaints other than we had to return home as this was a stopping point on the return back.  We went a little down the road to eat at a lodge and the people there were also very nice and the food was delicious with no wait.  This was the perfect vacation spot and they have activities for summer and winter!


Check out Eagle Ridge in Idaho here by clicking the link.

#Travel to White Sands National Monument New Mexico



They say that White Sands National Park is "like no place else on earth" and after visiting it many times, I cannot disagree.  It's an eye opening phenomenal that leaves you in awe with the amazing landscape.  It's in the middle of nowhere, rising from the heart of the Tularosa Basin in New Mexico and it is one of the world's great natural wonders.  From wave-like dunes consisting of gypsum sand, it encompasses 275 miles of desert.  You will not find a larger gypsum dunefield in the world.  Not only is it picturesque but it provides many opportunities to make great memories from camping to trail walking to star gazing and most importantly, sledding!


This is truly a highlight of White Sands.  Just find a dune and either bring your own sled or you can purchase or rent one at the visitor center.  We have been sledding many times and accompanied my family to the site as you can't go anywhere near this location without taking the trek to visit.  My family had a very memorable time and still continues to talk about it years later.



One of the events that I did not get to participate in are the one hour guided sunset strolls.  The guides provide information on the geology, plants and animals that you might encounter.  They have Junior Ranger programs for the children and many more events for the whole family.



One thing to note, they do close the park when there are missile tests by nearby White Sands Missile Range so make sure you check the park alerts before heading out!



A little background about White Sands National Monument Park:

Over 10,000 years ago the first people came to White Sands National Monument in search of food, water, and shelter. In more recent times, Spanish explorers and miners came to the basin in pursuit of salt, gypsum, and other resources. Ranchers also took advantage of the expansive grasslands in the basin until the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, which caused the U.S. Military to see the value of using the basin for scientific research and technological development.
Front of visitor center.
NPS Photo
Each generation of visitors to the Tularosa Basin and White Sands National Monument have left their mark. Today monument visitors can experience some of the most iconic historic places associated with the basin’s rich history. These places include the monument’s historic district, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the historic Lucero Ranch on the western shoreline of Lake Lucero. Visitors interested in learning more about the Tularosa Basin’s military history can also visit the White Sands Missile Range Museum and Trinity Site, the place where the first atomic bomb was tested in 1945.
Year One chariot.
NPS Photo
Stories passed down from one generation to the next capture the monument’s rich history and the many accounts of people who have worked here. These stories include the legend of La Pavura Blanca and firsthand accounts of what ranching life was like on the range in the early 1900s. Park rangers also tell their stories about being employees for the National Park Service and what it is like to work at White Sands National Monument.
Scenery that is never the same twice, colorful sunsets, and the brilliant night sky is an inspiration to many different artists worldwide. Did you know that White Sands National Monument has been the backdrop for many feature films, music videos and commercials? The bright white sands, blue skies, and picturesque mountains provide the perfect setting for commercial filming, photography, and various other art forms.

Nearby Attractions:
If you are able to stay for a couple of days, there are many attractions to see nearby such as the New Mexico Museum of Space History and IMAX Theater which is located in Alamogordo only 19 miles from White Sands.  Alamogordo has an abundance of restaurants and hotels to complete your stay.
If you like to camp and already camped at White Sands, you can continue your journey to the Lincoln National Forest that is located in the Sacramento Mountains just east of Alamogordo. 
We visited the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation that had outdoor adventures from hunting, fishing, hiking, clay shooting and biking opportunities.  My girls enjoyed picking out their very own Indian made mementos. 

#Travel, Move and Live in Oahu for an Enriching Experience to Add to Life



To travel to Hawaii is an experience in itself and I had visited the island of Oahu about three times and loved it each and every time.  To move to Hawaii is a once in a life time event and it is something that I did.  One really gets to experience so much more when you get to live in place that is different from what you grew up with.  Who from Indiana wouldn't have jumped at an opportunity to reside in a daily paradise?  



What better place to get married as well!  This was from 2006 along the shore of Turtle Bay.  The north end of the island is a must see small drive to experience all the variations that Oahu has to offer.  If you catch it at the right time, you'll get to see amazing huge turtles to include some mean surfing competitions.







When you visit the southeast coast, you get to see one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, Hanauma Bay.  It's a marine embayment formed within a tuff ring.  The word hana means bay in the Hawaiian language (the usual addition of bay in its name is thus redundant). There are two etymological interpretations of the second part of its name.[4] One interpretation derives it from the Hawaiian word for curve, referring to either the shape of the feature or to the shape of the indigenous canoes that were launched there. Another stems from the indigenous hand-wrestling game known as "Uma".



No trip is complete without visiting Waikiki from the sandy beaches to the zoo to shopping and you cannot forget Pearl Harbor.  The Ala Moana Center is an open-air shopping experience from the well known brands to the most expensive tastes all the way to the unique boutiques.  Shop, eat and enjoy the wonderful ambiance with a drink at one of the outside bars for that extra island experience.





After you finish eating and you need that little extra oomph of exercise to work off the calories, check out Diamond Head.  It's a a volcanic tuff cone known to Hawaiians as ʻahi, most likely from lae 'browridge, promontory' plus ʻahi 'tuna' because the shape of the ridge line resembles the shape of a tuna's dorsal fin.  British sailors in the 19th century, who mistook calcite crystals on the adjacent beach for diamonds, named it Diamond Head.  It's only a 0.75 mile hike but it's all uphill and of course, the trip down is much easier.





In 1968, it was declared a National Natural Landmark. In the early 1900's due to its height, was used as a military lookout.  It spans 475 acres.  For those who remember Magnum PI, it was also used in several of the episodes.




No trip to the island is complete without stopping to pay your respects at Pearl Harbor.  We lived near the Harbor and if we walked to the local stores, we could look down and see it along with all the ships.  It was truly an experience to think about that fateful day on December 7, 1941 when for the first time in American history, we were attacked on our own land.  All in all, 188 US aircraft were destroyed and 2,403 Americans were killed with another 1,178 wounded.





Before we left Hawaii for the mainland, we lived temporarily at IHG Army Hotel on Ft. Shafter.  I thought it was a fitting goodbye to such a beautiful experience.


If you visit Oahu, you will want to rent a car because exploring the island is a must.  The more you drive, the more you see!  Also, try to visit at least one other island while you are there!  




Indiana Meteor Crater near Kentland, Indiana





On a trip back from visiting family, we happened upon a rather unique and surprising site to see hidden off away from a major highway near Kentland, Indiana (N 40° 45’ W 87° 24’).  The area, off Route 41 which used to be a busy traveling road until interstates took over the landscape, is home to what is referred to as Kentland Structure, Kentland Crater or the Kentland Disturbed Area or a working rock quarry.  Situated in Newton County, Indiana, it was discovered around 1880 by two farmers who began to quarry crushed rock.  Geologists determined due to the presence of shattered cones and deformed bedrock in the late 1960's that the structure is in a deeply eroded impact structure. 




The circular dome of the structure is about 4.5 miles in diameter that is buried in glacial debris.  They have estimated  it to be less than 97 million years old (cretaceous) and the center, Shakopee dolomite center is around 450 million years old.  The total disturbance area is 7.8 miles in diameter.  It's only been within the past 40 years or so that geologists have agreed it's an impact site.  The current rock quarry owners do allow for educational tours of the facilities.







More information can be found here at Indiana Meteor Crater.





Nike Missile Site in Portage, Indiana


Employee at Gate in Munster, Indiana Site


I was rather surprised to find out upon driving home a few weeks ago to learn about how the cold war impacted northwest Indiana many years ago. I grew up in this area and spent 18 years never knowing anything that lurked so close as to all the memories I made before moving away.  There isn't just one Nike Missile Site within the vicinity of where I live rather there are three.  The closes one is the Nike Missile Site C-47 was a former missile site near Portage, Indiana. The Nike defense system was a Cold War-era missile system in the United States. The Nike missiles were radar guided, supersonic anti-aircraft missiles. 


Nike missile sites were constructed in defensive rings around major urban and industrial areas. Chicago was likely selected because of its population, the presence of several military bases, and the Gary, Indiana, steel industry. Nike C-47 near Portage designed with two units nearly a mile apart. The first section was the Launcher Area and is located on the south side of County Road 700 North, approximately 1/4 west of County Road 500 West, in Porter County, Indiana. The second area was the Control Area, located on the north side of County Road 600 North, near Wheeler. Sometimes called Administration Area. The base was operational by 1956, construction begun in 1954. The  pictures below depict the remains of the area in Portage.







Part of the site (in Hobart) has been converted to a paintball park.

More information from NikeMissile.org:

The "Hercules" were nuclear capable and could destroy fleets of Soviet bombers over a wide area. These were deployed at a few selected sites. The Hercules could reach Soviet airspace to intercept aircraft. Hercules missiles had the potential to be used against ICBMs (intercontinental ballistic missiles). C-47 was one of the first Nike sites to receive the Hercules missiles.
The Nike system protected the United States until 1972. The bases were closed in accord with the SALT treaty limits, and the onset of "détente".

Significance

To be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, Nike sites should be exceptional historically and retain a high degree of integrity, including all three major components: (1) administration, (2) radar, and (3) launch functions. There are fifteen Nike sites in Illinois that are part of the Chicago-Gary Defense Area. Several have some buildings and launch areas. C-84 Palatine, Illinois was the last substantial site to be redeveloped.
Five of the bases in the Chicago ring were in Indiana. C-47 is the only site to retain all three functions. A few buildings remain at several of the bases in Indiana. The National Park Service uses several buildings from a base near the Chellberg Farm for offices and service buildings at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. As elsewhere, they are remnants of bases, not complete units. The early use of nuclear missiles on the site furthermore makes C-47 rare and exceptional site.
A Nike Ajax and Hercules are on display in front of the VFW post in Cedar Lake, Indiana
A Nike Ajax is on display near the Toledo Rockets Glass Bowl Stadium on the campus of the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

The other sites:
C-44 Nike 2B, 4C/60A/24L-AA - Hegewisch /Wolf Lake, Illinois (dual site) - Abandoned and overgrown at the south end of recreation area. The access road entrance is at Ave J & 133 Street largely obliterated. The launch site is also abandoned. It is on the north shore of the lake, where S. Wolf Lake Blvd. becomes S. State Line Rd. The buildings are gone but foundations remain.
C-45 Nike 2B/20A/8L-A - Gary Municipal Airport, Indiana - Redeveloped area at the north tip of the airport. A general aviation hangar, parking lot and ramp area for aircraft parking were created. The former launch site is across Industrial Highway. The launch site was razed but remnants are still visible.
C-46 Nike 1B, 1C/12H, 20A/12L-U, (8L-H)
Munster, Indiana - Redeveloped into an industrial park. It is on the west side of Calumet Ave. N of 45th St. The launch site is on west side of Columbia Ave. It was razed in 2008, now in private ownership.
C-48 Nike 2B/20A/8L-A - Gary, Indiana - Redeveloped and abandoned from as an automobile dealership on Grant Street. The launch site was redeveloped into commercial/industrial site near NW corner of 35th Avenue and Grant Street.

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