20171015_123142When you ask where to eat and the county and they recommend a hot dog at the bowling alley, you begin to worry.  And when the best part of the county is the hot dog at the bowling alley well…

20171015_123107We first went to Stone Mountain State Park. We started with the visitor center which had a few display but dated and not much to speak of. We really didn’t have time to hike and there is nothing else there-  no lookouts or anything. I was hoping for something like Pilot Mountain where with a short walk you could have a scenic view. We didn’t find that in the park. We drove the loop of the park but there was nothing really to see. Maybe we missed something but it was disappointing.  We then headed the Blue Ridge Parkway which was beautiful as usual.

 

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We ended up eating at the bowling alley. First, it is actually outside the bowling alley which makes it a little better. Secondly, they had unique different topping based on different regions. I had the Atlanta  Cobey had the  Kansas City and Claire had the Chicago. I will say it is the best value of any of our meals yet. We ate for 13 dollars and it was a pretty dawg for the good hot dog! If you are ever in Sparta get a hot dog from the Hot Dog Station. There were a few other places to eat in the area that I would have tried if we had stayed longer but we had to get on the road for VA. The parkway and hot dogs at the bowling alley saved the day!

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Conner’s Prairie – Fishers Indiana

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Wednesday Jun 24, 2015 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, Travel

The Balloon Voyage 1859

Hot Air BalloonWe had the most fabulous day at Conner’s Prairie.  A friend from Indiana recommended the place and it did not disappoint.  We arrived when they opened at 10am and stayed till almost 5:00. We were able to see everything,  do all the extra activities, and have a very short lunch during this time.  When we arrived they were not doing this balloon ride because of weather which was disappointing but they opened it up several times during the day. I suggest keeping watch for it if you really want to do it.  We were able to catch a ride right after lunch. The area tells of the history of balloon venturing in a fun interactive way.  The exhibit includes the first airmail flight flown by Professor John Wise. He wanted to fly from Lancaster, Indiana to New York City but only made it one county away. The balloon is more of a ride than a true balloon ride but the kids enjoyed it.

Cobey's Silversmith PieceThe next area you arrive at is the 1815  Lenape Indian Village. Here you will find a trading post and a wigwam. This is a fairly small area but has some fun activities.  In the morning we learned how to make fire and heard a great story about how fire came to be. In the afternoon, both kids took turns at being silversmiths.

PrairietownThe third area is 1826 Prairietown. Before you get into town you will come to William Conner’s homestead where you can tour the house, see his animals and even make a beeswax candle.  A little down the road you will come to the town. In town you can assume a role or character or just visit.  We had a great talk with the doctor in town, the school teacher, Claire helped make biscuits, toured the tavern and much more.

Cobey Shooting EnfieldThe last area is the 1863 Civil War Journey. The area is based on a raid by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan on July 8, 1863 in the town of Dupont.  This was the highlight of Cobey’s visit because he got to shoot an Enfield rifle.  This area was probably the best at telling the story of what happen on that day. It had two multi-media movies to tell the story. It also had a field hospital, a depot, a general store, a telegraph station and a home.

 

Alexander's On the SquareThere are also two interactive rooms in the welcome center.  One seems geared for younger kids and one for older.  They visited the older area where they made circuits and chain reactions.  This was a great full day and I would highly recommend you go if you ever get the chance. It was a hit for all.  We ended the day in the downtown of Noblesville. I recommend going there and walking around the square. Don’t forget ice creams at Alexander’s On the Square.

 

 

 

 

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