Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Indiana: The Bahamas of the Midwest?

Pairs well with: Nuclear Meltdown Cocktail

First, a blog-theme amendment: I do, in fact, realize that I have posted three times about travel and only once about DIY projects.  Apparently this is going to be a DIY-when-I'm-home and travel-when-I'm-away blog.  Because we all know the embarrassing stories and wild antics like to follow me wherever I go.

I have a great DIY project to show you in my next post, but I couldn't resist sharing one more travel-related goodie...

Shawn and I recently found ourselves longing for some beach time, and the Chicago lakefront just didn't have that exotic feel we were craving.  (Note to self: I could possibly write a whole other blog post about the times when I have seen some quite... er, "exotic" things on Chicago's lakefront.  But I digress.)

Since we recently spent our life savings on our excursion across the pond, we had to keep our travel to within about a two hour radius.  Here's where we ended up:


So cute, right?  And check out the water!


Ahhh... who knew INDIANA of all places had such pristine beaches and gorgeous views!  I can't believe this place isn't more crowded!  This is like the Bahamas, but without the hefty price tag!  I'm thinking all this to myself as I stroll along... 

Blissfully unaware of...

wait for it...


Ah, there it is.  That's the Indiana I know and love... keep me on my toes by juxtaposing a serene beach vista with a ginormous concrete cooling tower.  

Now I will grant Indiana this: apparently, this is not a nuclear power plant but in fact just a regular, run-of-the-mill coal and natural gas power plant (conspiracy theorists, feel free to raise a suspicious eyebrow at that little piece of wiki-knowledge). 

We still thoroughly enjoyed our day at the beach.  Maybe my "glowing skin" did seem to have a bit of a green tint to it, but the funnel cakes were three times the size they are in Chicago.

So there's that.

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Nuclear Meltdown Cocktail

Ingredients:
vodka
gin
rum
triple sec
sweet & sour mix
Midori melon liqueur

Directions:
Mix equal parts of each of the first five ingredients over ice.  Add Midori on top as a float.
  
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