All posts filed under: travel

Short Stop at Indiana Dunes

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should @hannamarielei) you might have noticed that last week I spent a little bit of time in Chicago. I’d actually went with my friend to drive their sister back home after a visit and stayed the night in the city. I promise in the morning I had put on makeup and did my hair, but after walking in a very windy and hot downtown to our car (because free parking is the only way to go) it was almost like I hadn’t at all. So please forgive how I look in the photos but I wanted to share a few pictures from our short stop at Indiana Dunes that was on our to Indianapolis. I actually got this particular shirt (like the one from  Outfit: Ruffled + Striped with Jeans) via amazon and I wasn’t originally sure if I’d like it the more I see it the more I want to wear it. The sleeves are a lot of fun and the fit is great. I only …

Outfit: On Cincinnati Bridges

Now that I have a little break from school, I’ve got a bit of free time. Not as much as I’d like because of some testing I have to do this summer and a few other things I didn’t expect to come up, but I can have a little bit of time to do something fun. One of those things was going with my friend to Cincinnati. We’d originally went because of a few bird supply stores, and breeders in the area we wanted to check out, but even though I’d found what I needed the week before we decided to go anyways. Our trip started with a trip to Ikea (I bought baby cactuses), Jungle Jim’s Grocery (which isn’t worth the hype if you aren’t into alcohol), and then lunch at a Mediterranean restaurant. By that time we were really hungry and over ordered but the food was actually fantastic. From there we went to downtown Cincinnati. My friend had originally found parking close to a park we wanted to take pictures in but …

5 Easy Tips to Make Traveling Easier

  Packing Tips for your Next Adventure In case you haven’t heard, travelling is the new thing amongst young adults. After graduating high school or completing their undergrad, many millennials will take some time off and travel the world. They want to see the world and experience new adventures and cultures and develop new perspectives on life. While many exciting things come from travelling the world, one recurrent problem that stresses many is packing. The thought of living out of a suitcase for weeks or months worries people; they don’t pack enough or they over pack. Packing smart can be tricky but with these helpful tips, you’ll master the art of packing.     Think Small Whether you’re vacationing at a resort or traveling through the Amazonian Rain Forest, you want to travel light. You don’t want bulky objects taking up room that could be used for other useful items, so manufactures have made travel size toiletries, ideal for any traveler. Rather than carrying a full size shampoo bottle, investing in 2 small travel size …

Shipshewana Featuring Menno-Hof Cultural Center

 After arriving in Shipshewana (I’ve been to Shipshewana before) one of the first places we stopped was in a Fabric Store, Cotton Corner. At first we weren’t sure to go in because it wasn’t clearly marked that the store was open and it didn’t look lit up but inside was a totally different story. The whole store is well put together, machines up front fabric in the back and even had seating for the husbands (or at least that’s what I always think it’s for). As a warning though this shop is on the luxury end, which you wouldn’t think for the area, so things are pricy.   Then right by the Cotton Corner was Yoders the “famous” fabric store in the area. Going in it sort of looks like a general store, there are hats and shoes and even toys (pictured above) so you think all the fabric around would be cheap but that isn’t exactly the case. It seems like recently they’re been getting higher priced things in. If you’re looking for a deal …

Holiday Park Nature Center

When I went to that beekeeping class, it was at Holiday Park. Although I live fairly close I’d never been. Holiday Park is a huge wooded park with a playground pool and nature center. I didn’t get to look at too much anything other than the nature center but that was nice alone. Holiday Park is right off Meridian Street in Indianapolis. If you’ve never been in the area, its very nice, but some of the surrounding streets, not so much. Walking up the entrance has a ton of rock work, probably because its a nature center, but still very different than the the Wah-Ba-Shika Nature Center. We had to go in and head straight right to our class. There are two different rooms with lessons there. Afterwards I went to the bathroom, and that reminded me of the one at the lincoln memorial, not all that nice looking but very clean. That is much better than the opposite Then going in we saw all these animal pelts. There was a disclaimer saying they ordered the animal …

Woods Trails at Mammoth Cave

After we went on the New Entrance tour at Mammoth cave, we saw this trail that looked rather nice. Since both Big Hair and I love going on walks like this we decided we should go check out the trail, and my parents wanted to go too. Since we were tired from the tour we didn’t go all that far. Starting off the trail was paved and at a fairly steep down hill slope that I knew would be trouble to get back up. A little further down the road went from paved to rocks that were a little harder to walk on. Eventually we made it down to the Green river, and I realized .4 miles takes a little longer than you would think. We saw someone that seemed to be around my boyfriend and I’s age and he offered to take our photo for us. Later we saw him exploring around off trails. Those photos might be seen at a later post, since they are on Big Hair’s phone instead of mine. Maybe …

Mammoth Cave New Entrance

 After checking out our cabin at Mammoth Cave we headed to buy tickets. Since we went in an off time it wasn’t a big deal for us to get them, but if you’re going to go on a weekend especially in the summer then you really should order the tickets before. Although there were a few different tours to choose from we decided on the New Entrance tour, and lucky for us only a about 20 people were on the tour as well. The first thing we did was get acquainted with our tour guide and learn a learn a little about where we were going. Then onto the bus where he told us more information about the new entrance. Basically there was a very persistent oil tycoon who eventually made an entrance into the Mammoth cave and was able to make money off of it. Eventually he went bankrupt and this, along with the rest of the cave system was bought by the United States Park Service.  Even before entering the cave, we had to …

Mammoth Cave Woodland Cottages

After going on my Shipshewana trip my parents my boyfriend and I headed to Mammoth cave. Originally we had planned to stay in a hotel, but we couldn’t agree on one, and they were all so far away. That’s when I saw on the Mammoth Cave site that they had lodging right near the caves. They even had two bedroom rooms available for the day we were going, meaning we could all stay together. Going in I knew that this wasn’t going to be like the Chicago Hyatt Hotel I went to, so I wasn’t expecting much.  There was a huge parking lot to park at because the woodland cabins share it with the visitor center, meaning that you’re very close to where you’re going to buy tickets. As you can see, the cottage really isn’t much to look at, but it did have a porch lots of trees surrounding it and a nice walkway. Then walking into the first room, we only used this door, although there were doors and porches on both sides so we could …

President Lincoln’s Birthplace

Since it really wasn’t out of the way we decided to visit President Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home, I mean since we just finished up with our Historic Tour at Mammoth cave we decided we could get a little more education for the day. The first stop I made was to the bathroom, which although it wasn’t all that pretty it was very clean and smelled fantastic. Then when I was getting out a tour of the park was just starting and we decided to join the group. The first stop was to learn a little about Lincoln’s family. His father’s parents had been killed by Indians and his family was free soilers, meaning they thought to be free you had to own land, so they did. They bought this land and worked hard on it. Our next stop was at this beautiful building that house a cabin that was one thought to be Lincoln’s but it turned out not to be. It is however very similar to the one he lived it, and is very tiny …

Mammoth Cave Historic Tour

Since we were staying over night at the woodland cottages we decided that we could do a tour before we left Mammoth cave and headed home. My parents thought that they had been on this Historic tour when I was a toddler and they really liked it, so we decided to do this one. It turned out that this wasn’t the one that they went on before, the remember seeing an Indian body which we didn’t see on the Historic tour.   Getting there we had to walk into the woods on a trail, the same trail that we hiked at Mammoth Cave National Park  instead of taking a bus. Very little was explained before we went in, and started our hike. This though is the originally entrance to the cave that Natives used for thousands of years, and that settlers used when they first came. It is very open and has water pouring down the side, quite beautiful actually. At the end of the stairs we went started on a path that was paved and very easy to …