Reba’s Reviews – Least dog friendly – Indianapolis

September 28th, 2022

One dog friendly spot I found. At Daddy’s feet.

Just sitting here in the shade with my daddy.

Thanks goodness our wonderful Indianapolis KOA has a nice dog park, because everywhere else Mom and Dad have tried to take me was a bust.

They tried dog park after dog park and every single one they could find was a membership based park. I get it, it costs cash to keep these places up, but there was no option for a day pass! The fees were from $50 – $75 for the year, you had to go to a separate place to show your vaccine records and get a code or fob.

Then mom saw a cute little restaurant on a lake with a patio. Of course a restaurant with a patio on a lake would allow leashed dogs to sit with their family and have a snack, right? You would be wrong. No dogs on the patio.

Maybe we missed something here, but mom really tried to find some dog friendly spaces for us.

I guess we will spend the day here at the KOA. It’s nice – and they are dog friendly, but we really wanted to EXPLORE!!!

If you are familiar with Indi area and there is something we missed, let me know!!


Apple Picking – Kuiper’s Family Fun

September 23rd, 2022

I got the urge to go apple picking while we were in Illinois and Katie kindle joined me on my little adventure.

We chose Kuiper’s Family Farms and had a gorgeous day to spend some time outdoors.

Kuiper’s is a well run organization. Although it was not busy when we were there, you can see that they do have large crowds and they have the structure set up to keep people moving through all the attractions.

They are known for their apple cider donuts. Katie and I bought two to enjoy while we were walking around and I ended up buying more later to take home!

If you are hoping for a real, old-time apple picking EXPERIENCE, this might not be the place for you. They are VERY organized. Although the trees were jam packed with apples, they only had two or three varieties open for picking and each person was only allowed to pick a small bag of apples. You can BUY bags of apples in their farm store, so we got plenty, but I was bummed that we didn’t actually get to pick very many of them. I will be looking for more casual apple (maybe other fruit) farms as we head south.

This was a row that had already been picked clean.

The farm is huge and they have attractions on both sides of the road. Apples and the farm store are on one side and the other side (which was not open yet when we were there) is pumpkins and halloween themed activities.

Made apple fritter quick bread. Delicious!
Beet – apple – onion bake. Yummy.

Fun place for a family gathering or just to spend a beautiful fall day outside in nature.

Batavia Farmers Market

September 24, 2002

I should have taken more pictures.

Katie and I took the pups to the Batavia Farmers Market on Saturday morning. It is a small, but well run market filled with local farmers, food makers and crafters.

We stopped by the booth that sells home made dog treats of course and picked up a bag of Hooch’s Honey Bits dog treats. They are Reba’s all time favorite treat.

Reba’s favorite!

We got fresh ground burgers, beautiful beets and other colorful veggies and of course got a fabulous cup of coffee.

I made a yummy beet, apple and onion dish later in the afternoon. Check out the recipe in Joy of Cooking.

But the favorite part was sitting on a patio with a fresh bloody Mary, listening to a great singer and just chilling with the dogs.

How to keep two active dogs focused at a farmers market? Hot dogs in a bag!
Reba and Puff made themselves comfortable.

If you find yourself in Batavia, IL on a nice Saturday morning, stop by!

Morton Arboretum

September 21, 2022

Artist Daniel Popper’s UMI sculpture

If you have not been to the Morton Arboretum outside of Chicago, put it on your list. My now official in-law Deb Amann invited me to join her on a walk and driving tour through this magnificent property yesterday.

The arboretum was opened in 1922 by Joy Morton, who founded the Morton Salt company. It sits about 25 miles outside of the city of Chicago and feels like it is a million miles away from the noise, rush and grit of the urban mess.

Since I’m still recuperating from COVID we walked some and drove some of the peaceful grounds.

One highlight is the exhibition of South African artist, Daniel Popper’s, massive sculptures that look like God pulled trees from the ground and twisted and shaped them into representations of Mother Nature.

I’ll write some more about the Arboretum and the things we saw in future posts, but here are a few glimpses of the lovely women who greeted us along the way.

Thank you, Deb, for getting me off the COVID couch (I’ve been negative for many days, just still feeling icky) and getting me out into our beautiful world!

Reba’s Reviews – Big Rock Dog Park

September 19, 2022

Room to run and climb and chase

Big Rock is a tiny town just west of Aurora, Illinois. It’s small, but it delivers! Big Rock is not only home to the Kane County RV Park we stay in when in the area, but they have a huge, beautiful park that includes space for dogs to run!

Reba met Gunner, a black lab-like pup at the dog park yesterday and they had a blast chasing the ball and each other. Reba even climbed the doggy play gym.

Room to run and a little shade to enjoy!

We will be back every day this week. Hope to catch up with Gunner again!

Covid camping – ugh.

September 19th, 2022

Thank goodness for French Onion Soup from Emily and Alex and for Katie for helping nurse me back to health!

I’m usually a pretty healthy person. But since we started our RV life I have gotten pretty sick twice. And I have to tell you, quarantining in 375 square feet isn’t the most fun I’ve had.

The first time was in Florida in Spring. I came down with strep, had 103.8 degree fever and spent 3-4 days pretty much sleeping. The good news that time was that once I was on antibiotics for a day, I could get out among people.

This time I was not so lucky. Tim and I are both double vaccinated and boosted, but early last week, I got the chills, then a fever. I thought – maybe strep again, but just in case, got tested for COVID. Yep. It got me. Again, two fun days in bed, followed by several days of some icky side effects from the Paxlovid they gave me.

I’m officially past the quarantine period now thank goodness. I have limited energy, but am working that up a little more each day.

I’m thankful for my little side-kick, Reba. She’s been keeping me company! (Tim got much less sick that I did and he’s out fishing with some friends this week.)

Rainy Day fall cleaning hack

September 11, 2022

The wedding is over and all the little projects that come along with a backyard wedding are completed. So we spent this rainy day doing some fall organizing in our home on wheels.

When we packed everything into our Alliance 310 six months ago, I hung all of our clothes with the hangers backwards so that we could easily see what we were wearing and what we never got out of the closet. Not surprisingly, we wore only about half the clothes and shoes we brought.

Some of that is because we brought a some cold weather clothes and have worked pretty hard to stay where it was warm, but many of the unworn clothes were simply bypassed for favorites that we wore nearly every week.

We pulled everything out on the bed

Not sure where I thought I’d wear ten dresses or heels or eight pairs of jeans. Tim is getting rid of several sport coats, some sweatshirts and shoes he has not worn.

While I LOVE the fancy (and heavy) robe I brought with us, I rarely wear it and one of my girls can enjoy it while we continue our trip.

I kept the black hiking boots and the fancier heeled ones are out the door.

piles for Goodwill, trash and for our daughters to look through

When we packed up, I was sure I’d need all the bath towels. Now I know 4 will do it. We will be replacing our ten heavy towels with 4 fast dry towels in the next few days.

I went through the ridiculously deep cabinet in our bathroom and found that I do not need to buy lotion or hairspray or toothpaste or Q-tips for many, many months. I have plenty.

I can now see the back of my closet and can reach everything! Tim estimates that we are taking a couple hundred pounds of weight out of the rig.

I put all the hangers back in backwards and we will do this again in a few months and see how much more we can live without!

Spent time with family

August 24th, 2022

Emily and Alex’s garden earlier this year. Wait till you see the transformation!

I have not written a post in a couple of weeks. I apologize and I’ll get back on it really soon!

We have been in Aurora, Illinois helping our daughter Emily get ready for her backyard wedding. She and Alex have themed the wedding “wildflowers and wine,” and the decor is going to be thrifted. I’d call it boho style, but that is probably very old-fashioned of me.

We have weeded (2 acres) and mulched (10 yards) and power washed and mowed and trimmed. We have planted and watered and cut and dried flowers. We may or may not have cut one or two beautiful side-of-the-road tall grasses that would be perfect in a vase.

We have built a wedding arch and scoured thrift stores for furniture and glassware. We have used our F-350 to haul chairs and loveseats and rugs and chandeliers.

We have been shopping for a Mother of the Bride dress, got a shirt for Tim’s suit and checked that his tie will be perfect. We have bought jewelry and shoes, been to dress fittings, booked nail appointments.

And while we are here we have gotten some of Tim’s doctor appointments done and have found a wonderful new dentist who has gotten us all tidied up.

We will be here for another few weeks, but in that time I’ll get a few posts done from the places we visited on our Michigan/Canada trip!

Thanks for being patient with me – pics of the wedding in a few weeks too!!! 🙂

Cave Point County Park – Door County Hike

July 23, 2022

Cute couple enjoying the view.

Many of you recommended that we take a trip to Cave Point County Park while we were in Door County. THANK YOU! I would not have found this beautiful place without your advice!

Cave Point County Park is outside of Sevastopol and sits inside the Whitefish Dunes State Park. The website says it is the only known county park to sit inside a state park. The park is just under 19 acres and sits on 900 feet of shoreline.

Reba made it into the water more than once and she had a blast.

It’s COLD Mom!

The trail we chose was along the rocky shoreline. It was a short hike that went in and out of the county and state parks – Reba and I ended up going about two miles. The trail was well defined, but filled with roots and rocks, so Timmy stayed back for the second mile.

On our own – Daddy quit a mile back!

There is a dog beach inside the State Park, but it is another mile or so hike each way to get there and back. Timmy was having none of that. Reba and I will come back another time. Maybe at some point in the future the powers that be will consider a parking area closer to the dog beach.

Door County Fish Boil

July 23, 2002

I think it’s required to go to a fish boil when you visit Door County, Wisconsin. If not, perhaps it should be.

At a traditional fish boil, the Boil Master will not only cook your delicious, butter drenched whitefish, but will tell you the story of how fish boils came to be a tradition in the area.

Our Boil Master said that whitefish boils were likely originally done to feed the Scandinavian workers who were logging or doing other work in the area. It was a quick, easy and inexpensive way to feed a large group of hungry workers.

We had our fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim. The restored building was the site of Ephraim’s post office in the early 1900s. They use Lake Michigan whitefish that is delivered every other day by a local fisherman who has been providing fish to the area for decades.

Timmy’s plate at Old Post Office. Coleslaw is his favorite – it’s gone!

With dinner you get two huge whitefish steaks, red potatoes, a wonderful sweet onion, coleslaw, homemade breads and fresh baked Door County Cherry Pie.

If (shame on you) you don’t want to try the whitefish, you can ask for chicken or ribs as an alternative. But try the fish – drown it in the amazing butter. You will be glad you did!